The Dillard Doctrine

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African Americans and the War on Terror

(A version of this appeared in this week’s Washington Afro-American newspaper. The piece as it was originally written is below.)

I am an African American Navy veteran who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. And I support the current mission of our military in Iraq and in the Global War on Terror-as I believe more African Americans should.

African Americans have a historic and unparalleled legacy of military service to our nation. From Peter Salem to Doris Miller to Colin Powell, African Americans have-and continue to -serve their country with a patriotism that is unequalled in the American experience. It is important for us to remember this legacy when talking to our youth who wish to join the military. Rather than focusing on the negative, it should be our focus to educate those looking to join the military of our proud history of service to our nation. In his interview with the Boston Globe, LTCOL Irving Smith, an African American Army officer, said: “The fewer African-Americans that enlist, the fewer African-Americans there are that can tell their stories in the future. The fewer that get commissioned as officers, the smaller the leadership pool will be in the future.”

Because of the great struggle African Americans have endured to obtain our rights and freedoms, there is much at stake for us in Iraq and in the Global War on Terror. We should be more willing as a people to stand up and fight to defend those rights that so many sacrificed for us to obtain. Should we fail in Iraq to establish the same freedoms that our predecessors fought and gave their lives for, we place those same freedoms at risk of loss here at home. What better way to honor the sacrifices of our ancestors than by offering those who wish freedom an opportunity to experience it?

Our country is involved in a great struggle that, if lost, will jeopardize our way of life. Our enemies will harbor no less ill will towards us as African Americans if their ideologies are spread. It is now more important that ever that African Americans continue to support our military and their mission, and step up to serve in defense of our country.




Written by Coby Dillard

November 16, 2007 at 1:12 pm

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  1. Alisa…(

    So more African Americans should support this idiotic useless war bc u said so but you came down on Michelle Obama for giving her opinion that African Americans should vote???

    Wow…so are you playing God or is this an example of the typical double standard most men live by?


    November 16, 2007 at 3:08 pm

  2. First off, I’m not in a position to play God….nor do I think anyone who knows me well enough wants me to!!

    Here’s why it’s not a double standard: I’m not implying that you’re not black if you don’t support what’s going on, which I feel she did. My argument is that our support for the war speaks to our history of service to the country and our own struggle. Her argument is that we should vote for her husband to show that we don’t doubt ourselves. That’d be BS, but they’re two completely different arguments.


    November 16, 2007 at 4:25 pm

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