An arrogant Navy sailor who proudly recorded herself remaining seated on the morning of Aug. 31 as the national anthem blared through the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Florida, just got some really bad news.
Speaking with Military.com, a spokesperson for the training center confirmed that the unnamed sailor was being disciplined, but stopped short of identifying the exact nature of the punitive measures. It was revealed though that the sailor would be permitted to continue training.
According to Navy rules, enlisted soldiers must stand and face the flag whenever the national anthem is played. Moreover, if in uniform, they must salute the flag. And if in casual gear, as the unnamed soldier was on the morning of Aug. 31, they must stand in attention and place their right hand over their heart.
The sailor who recorded herself did neither:
Instead she remained seated and raised a fist to show solidarity with the Black Power movement.
Afterward, she delivered a spiel praising San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for his pouting, stating that it made sense for him to not stand in honor of “a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
“(The stanza) basically says land of the free, home of the brave, except for hirelings and slaves and I just can’t support anything like that,” she continued, referring to the national anthem. “I think Colin had a really good point when he said we had bodies in the streets.”
That might make sense if we still lived in the 1960s, or maybe the 1860s, but over 50 years have passed since that sad era in American history. The nation isn’t perfect, but when we have a two-term black president, a black attorney general, a black Homeland Security secretary, black secretaries of Education and Transportation — you get the idea — the “systematic racism” claim starts looking pretty weak.
Regardless, when this sailor signed up to serve in defense of her country, she took an oath to the very same flag that she now views with disdain. It was also the same flag that afforded her the opportunity to join the military and make something out of her life in the first place.
(via: Conservative Tribune)