Memorial Day thoughts

Parades and political Memorial Dayspeeches this Memorial Day weekend remind us of the price of war.  Unmentioned is the hidden cost: the socioeconomic inequality in who makes the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the nation – more of the dead are from poorer communities.  Political science Professor Douglas Kriner, co-author of ”The Casualty Gap: The Causes and Consequences of American Wartime Inequalities,” writes in a Los Angeles Times commentary about how this casualty gap is not part of our national dialogue.

“The reason is clear: Casualty inequalities challenge our fundamental American values. Bringing a frank and honest discussion of the casualty gap into the public sphere could significantly alter the tenor of political discourse in Washington.”

Contact Doug Kriner, 617-358-4643, dkriner@bu.edu

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