Overt Racism in Civil Air Patrol?

Civil Air PatrolStone Mountain is a not-so-subtle reminder for all in Georgia wing Civil Air Patrol

By AuxBeacon News Staff

[Editor’s Note: We received this image and commentary today from what appears to be an anonymous team contribution.]

In the past, I was told about scattered reports of commander bigotry, racist jokes, and prepper arms encouragement within Civil Air Patrol. I always laughed it off as more ultra-left attacks on our nation because the unit leaders with which I am familiar do not behave like this. Four years ago we had frequent visits from highly qualified and diverse aviation instructors that seemed to understand and support our efforts. That suddenly ended in 2012-2013.

Over the past few months, I was shown evidence that Civil Air Patrol – U.S. Air Force Auxiliary is now very much IN-YOUR-FACE with the hate symbols of the Ku Klux Klan. A young man that I know was asked to help improve his school’s website and he was told to look around for “best practices” and found a recent 2015 National CAP Balsem Award for this website, please see attached photo. I then remembered a hint I was given that I was in a special unit in “CAP quarantine”? I had no idea what I was being told and I regret having ignored the comment at the time.

When it was clear that CAP National Headquarters approved this particular symbol, I had a trusted friend of mine ask some questions. He told me that these images are very appealing to the “dregs” (his word, not mine) of a target recruiting audience in the Southeast Region Civil Air Patrol. Well, that made sense given the location of those units choosing to display this imagery. More information came back that firearms and aircraft accidents, pornography and the abuse of young moderates (teacher-academic types, Jews, female instructors and other “flaming liberals”) who did not fit with the program led to a “self purge”. A new target audience was being recruited in Southeast Region that would be more loyal to important but unstated objectives and a “firmer” chain of command.

The unit commander specifically stated, in public forum, that they deliberately picked this image of Confederate Leaders on Stone Mountain. This image was chosen over the mountain’s backside and over the natural beauty of Hawk Mountain above Camp Merrill. See quote below. Even worse, the leaders appear to have made this choice during a time of budding social unrest in the United States to send a defiant message.

“I was surprised this past week to find that my unit had been singled out for recognition at the National Conference for a best website award (sorry, I didn’t put us in this year for a dang thing – don’t know how that happened but I am thankful!). Web site design is (sadly) pretty low on my priority list as a Squadron Commander, except in as much as it supports good operations of the unit. I’d like to recognize my S4 and IT designer (LT Scott Davis) and my multiple Balsem Award winning PA (LTC Brian Berry) as well as the Georgia Wing IT staff (MAJ Sam Levie) who all provided solid infrastructure, graphics, coding, and technical input to support a good design, based on a template that we updated a bit (we altered the NHQ provided Mt. Rushmore front page graphics to a local Stone Mountain GA image).

Thoughts and comments? Suggestions for “Excellence in All We Do”?

Spam (Jeff O’Hara, Commander, SSCS)

For your readers around the US who do not know much about Georgia and Stone Mountain, here are some details on the unstated meaning and symbolism selected by this paramilitary organization.

The History of Stone Mountain and Mount Rushmore

The Venable Brothers (William H. Venable [1852–1905] and Samuel H. Venable [1856–1939]) of DeKalb County Georgia owned rock quarries and were involved in the 1915 resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan. Sam Venable owned Stone Mountain where a cross burning was held in 1915 and he granted the Klan an easement to the mountain in 1923. The Venable brothers then granted a 12-year lease to Stone Mountain for the carving of the Confederate memorial that was tasked to Gutzon Borglum.

Borglum agreed to include a Ku Klux Klan altar in his plans for the memorial to acknowledge the request of Helen Plane in 1915, who wrote to him:

“I feel it is due to the KKK that saved us from Negro domination and carpetbag rule, that it be immortalized on Stone Mountain”.

Borglum personally made the first cut on June 23rd, 1923 and he developed special techniques and sympathetic connections with the reorganized Ku Klux Klan, who were the primary financial backers. Borglum was a perfectionist authoritarian and tensions with the others eventually rose to a point that in March 1925 Borglum smashed his clay and plaster models and left Georgia permanently. All his work was cleared from the mountain’s face to be replaced by that of Henry Augustus Lukeman. However, for the Stone Mountain project Borglum had developed a Magic Lantern projection technique that would eventually be used for his 1927 Mount Rushmore project.

This demonstrates that the CAP National Website Header of Mount Rushmore is linked to the Georgia Sandy Springs Stone Mountain Header with an inside joke being directed past African Americans, to include Maj Gen Chuck Carr himself. All of this is happening with CAP National and Southeast Region and Georgia Wing approval. In my opinion, there is justifiable anger over this, but your readers will have to decide for themselves.

The command chain of accountability, taught to me by a Civil Air Patrol cadet, includes the following:

Sandy Springs Cadet Squadron: Jeff O’Hara
Georgia Wing Group I Commander: John Aden
Georgia Wing Vice Commander: Joseph Knight III
Georgia Wing Commander: Richard Greenwood
Southeast Region Commander: Barry Melton
National Vice Commander: Larry Myrick
National Commander: Joseph Vazquez
CAP BoG Chair: Jayson Altieri
Secretary of the Air Force: Deborah James

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11 Comments on "Overt Racism in Civil Air Patrol?"

  1. Something happened a few days ago with my son’s squadron that demanded I look into racism and CAP. I am finding some news on your site and some on others. This story is really old and that could be why you don’t have it, but as I find out more I will send you what I find.

  2. IMHO, it doesn’t seem plausible that CAP National and Georgia Wing leaders could be so criminally ignorant of the fact that these symbols are currently used to stir white supremacist, neo-Nazi and Klan hate in the United States. To place these traitors and the in-your-face brutal permanence of this 1920s KKK sponsored carving on a Civil Air Patrol unit page is despicable. Check your inbox.

  3. Please post my original response.

    If you truly believe in an open society and a free information exchange, rule of law, and accountability to our USAF, state and local customers, then please don’t censor our replies. In my case, I am trying in honesty to reply to the concern.

    I’ve had CAP members urge me NOT to reply here. Yet, you bring up some great points that should be addressed. By being anonymous, and by censoring all responses, you yourself are behaving in a manner which opposes a FIX FOR THE PROBLEMS. So, please give way and stop the secret squirrel BS.

    (trying to fix the problems)

  4. Hello. I posted a response on 25 July. You still haven’t “cleared” my reply for public viewing. Your note: [Editor: Currently under investigation. ABRFI 170725JO]

    So, is there something that you think the general public needs to be protected from – that requires “investigation” on your part before posting my reply? If the light of this “beacon” needs to shine, should you not allow posts to be shown?

    Or are you censoring?

  5. Why are the only replies to your post in support of your allegations?

  6. My son is completing his first year as a cadet with the Sandy Springs squadron. He is extremely active and I like to think that I am as involved as I can be from an on-looker stand point, without being an active member. As a mother, I have always been impressed by the diversity in his squadron across gender, age, ethnicity, you name it. Additionally, I have never seen a single sign of anything mentioned in the above article. While the account in this article bothers me and makes me wonder what we have involved ourselves in, based on my exposure to the squadron and greater region, I feel confident that such allegations are unfounded.

  7. Avatar Jeff O'Hara | August 1, 2017 at 12:06 | Reply

    So, you won’t put my reply up?

    [Editor: Currently under investigation. ABRFI 170725JO]

  8. I met the “good ole’ boy network” which is still alive and well in our CAP. To think that we live in a post-racial CAP is imprudent. Though a few have overcome the challenges and barriers, women and minorities remain well underrepresented in the senior ranks, many Wings have never had an African American commander and in leadership positions, and junior minority officers are often underrepresented in highly competitive areas like below-the-zone promotions, school selection and choice assignments.

    Highly accomplished women and minorities with impressive backgrounds continue to either fail to make or disappear from the senior ranks. Without “significant” and “sustainable” change, this is a recipe for failure!

  9. Back in February of 2012 there was a claim of racism and slander against a couple that had control of Nebraska Wing. That couple is no longer active, but neither is the couple they defamed.

  10. Avatar Erich Mueller | August 31, 2016 at 04:08 | Reply

    Years ago when I was in Indiana Wing, my first squadron CC, who later went on to be wing CC, my deputy CC and I were standing outside the Armed Forces Reserve facility where we were then based. I was a brand new 2nd Lt. The CC saw some [redacted] people on a nearby porch and said something about “[redacted], [redacted] and [redacted].”

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