Dakota Meyer: ‘When Did We Become So Ugly As A Nation?’

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At the conclusion of his speech to 350 faculty and staff in Green County High School, Greensburg, Ky., Dakota Meyer, 23, watches them as they leave, Aug. 3.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jimmy D. Shea

In a Facebook status, Marine veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, Dakota Meyer condemned the July 7 shooting in Dallas, Texas, that claimed the lives of at least five police officers.


According to initial reports, the shooting occurred in downtown Dallas Thursday evening just as a protest over two recent shootings of black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota was winding down. Three alleged suspects are in custody, and a fourth was killed after a standoff with police.

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In the post, Meyer addressed growing divisions among Americans and encouraged readers to stop searching for an enemy as a way to unite and to instead seek common ground.

It is time to be done with being bound by a common enemy and instead be bound by the commonality that we are all Americans. I am saddened by what happened this evening and the events leading up to it. My heart and my prayers go out to the families of the officers who were shot in Dallas tonight. This isn’t what I want to leave for my daughter when I die and I will be dammed if I am going to sit here and do nothing.

Meyer posted the status at midnight on July 8 and it has since gone viral. Read the full post below.

For his actions during the Battle of Ganjgal on Sept. 8, 2009, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, Meyer became the first living Marine from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the nation’s highest decoration for valor when he was awarded the medal on Sept. 15, 2011.

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Yet we recognize that as we grew as leaders over time, we often failed to challenge or even question this culture. It took decades for us to recognize that our individual successes came despite this culture and the damage it caused us and the women who follow in our footsteps. The easier course has always been to tolerate insulting, discriminatory, and harmful behavior toward women veterans and service members and to cling to the idea that 'a few bad apples' do not reflect the attitudes of the whole.

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