A communist in the U.S. Army rips into his alma mater, West Point, as an ’embodiment of white supremacy and racial violence against black people’ and demands removal of Lee statues.
A recent graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point has created a huge controversy by posting pictures on social media of himself taken at his graduation in May, while he was in uniform.
The pictures show Rapone visually espousing Communism on his Twitter account.
“The photos, posted by 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone, show the then-cadet posing with a Che Guevara t-shirt under his uniform and “communism will win” written under his cap at his graduation from the academy in May,” according to the Army Times.
In case there was any lingering doubt, hasta la victoria siempre pic.twitter.com/0XrW38wcCk
— Commie Bebop🌹 (@punkproletarian) September 25, 2017
— Commie Bebop🌹 (@punkproletarian) September 24, 2017
Back in August, Rapone wrote a scathing rebuke on his Medium page about his alma mater, West Point, calling the revered military school “a specific place that preserves the Confederate legacy.”
“In every corner of West Point, New York, one can readily discover white supremacist iconography and visual rhetoric,” he wrote. “Travel in any direction on the campus, and sooner or later you’ll be confronted with the Confederacy.”
After excoriating the statues and paintings of West Point graduate Robert E. Lee, Raspone concludes his post by demanding that West Point remove the ‘racist structures.’
The United States Civil War was fought over slavery. Full stop. Therefore, we must take down the structures which reify a profoundly racist legacy, if we are to have any sense of history at all. This endeavor is our collective historical moment.
I and many others have confronted the administration of USMA regarding the Confederate iconography for a number of years now. They continue to drag their feet. Enough is enough. Whether you are a soldier, cadet, or civilian, the judgment of history is upon us. To cling to an imagined objectivity or neutrality is to remain a coward. It is high time we come together and dismantle these racist structures, both in word, but more importantly, in deed. As for how we might carry out our endeavors, I believe that another West Point graduate sets the proper example: William Tecumseh Sherman — relentless, persistent action in the pursuit of victory. Until our demands are met, we continue the long march. [Emphasis added.]
While Rapone’s postings of himself in uniform has created a stir, an an earlier tweet (posted on Sept. 16) called West Point a “a bastion of reactionary politics and imperialist violence.”
Stockley was a West Point grad. Truly that place is a bastion of reactionary politics and imperialist violence
— Commie Bebop🌹 (@punkproletarian) September 16, 2017
Since his twitter postings became controversial in the media, the U.S. Military Academy issued a statement.
“Second Lieutenant Rapone‘s actions in no way reflect the values of the U.S. Military Academy or the U.S. Army,” the statement from West Point said.
According to Rapone’s father, Lawrence County Treasurer Richard Rapone, his son did not get into West Point right away, so he enlisted in the Army after high school and was later deployed to Afghanistan before attending West Point.
Richard Ramone disavowed his son’s political views on his Facebook page (which has since been taken down):
Rapone’s twitter feed @punkproletarit is filled with posts with pro-Communist views.
All power to the locals! pic.twitter.com/YCnIh9oOC6
— Commie Bebop🌹 (@punkproletarian) August 29, 2017
Additionally, in other tweets, Rapone seemed to question America’s war efforts, as well as blasted Vice President Pence by calling him a “fucking medieval, cold-blooded killer,” ridiculed senior officers in general and, in a video filmed with L’ Internationale (the Soviet Anthem) as background music, Rapone had the word ‘Revolution’ across the screen.
generals think that selfies are a greater threat to humanity than endless war
— Commie Bebop🌹 (@punkproletarian) August 21, 2017
Holy shit what world do these people live in? "Mediocre and conservative?" Pence is a fucking medieval, cold-blooded killer
— Commie Bebop🌹 (@punkproletarian) August 19, 2017
— Commie Bebop🌹 (@punkproletarian) August 18, 2017
All field grade officers and above have smooth brains that get smoother with each promotion. This is scientifically proven
— Commie Bebop🌹 (@punkproletarian) September 13, 2017
In one tweet, he even gave a ‘shout out’ of “solidarity” to rioting prison inmates:
Solidarity to the inmates ✊🏼 https://t.co/Jl5NGTgKtj
— Commie Bebop🌹 (@punkproletarian) September 6, 2017
On a post written about the Syrian Revolution of 1925, Rapone writes generally positive statements about Marxist revolution and is described as follows:
Spenser Rapone is a US Army infantry officer and recent graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, the DSA’s Veterans Working Group, and Socialist Alternative. In addition to his political activity, Spenser has marched alongside activists of various other leftist organizations.
A post script: Apparently, Rapone even likes looters.
Looting is good
— Commie Bebop🌹 (@punkproletarian) August 29, 2017