Although racism is rightfully an issue that is taken seriously by military leaders, the U.S. military has suffered another problem recently — staged racist incidents that were faked by the purported victims.
Earlier this year, such an event occurred at the U.S. Military Preparatory Academy (the school which provides academic preparation to students seeking to enter the U.S. military academies). An Air Force general’s speech condemning the supposed racist incident went viral on the internet, which led to some embarassment when it turned out the allegedly victimized cadet had actually committed the acts of “racist” vandalism himself.
Now it is the U.S. Navy’s turn. Fox News reports that a U.S. Navy sailor has also staged such an incident:
Marquie Little, 27, an African-American crew member aboard the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier, used a pseudonym to post photos of the slur Nov. 15, the Navy Times reported. As of Friday, the Facebook post had garnered 20,500 shares.
Following the posting of the photos, an investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) revealed inconsistencies in Little’s stories that ultimately disproved his claims.
For our part, we worry that incidents like these could cause two significant problems in the long run. First, they make a mockery of the suffering of those who have actually experienced racial discrimination. Second, by creating a false impression that such acts are common, they could spread unnecessary fear and mistrust throughout the ranks of the military.
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