The Colin Kaepernick contagion is spreading — to the U.S. Armed Services.
In late August, as reported by Military.com, a sailor attached to the Naval Air Technical Training Center at Pensacola, Florida, posted a video to Facebook of herself sitting down during the base’s morning “colors” ceremony, which quickly received viral attention on the social media platform.
Naval Education and Training Command officials confirmed the sailor, who has not been publicly named, had been subject to administrative action, but had been retained for service in the Navy.
Here is a screenshot of the unnamed sailor from her Facebook video:
On September 19, another U.S. sailor, Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Janaye Ervin, also refused to stand for the national anthem.
As you can see from her pic below, both Ervin and the unnamed sailor are black.
FoxNews reports, Sept. 26, 2016, that a U.S. Navy sailor, Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Janaye Ervin, is under investigation for refusing to stand during the national anthem.
A reservist stationed at Pearl Harbor, Ervin declared in a post on Facebook why she’s following in the footsteps of Colin Kaepernick and others who have demonstrated against police brutality by not standing during the anthem:
“My fellow Americans,
I have been proudly serving in the US Navy Reserve Force since November 2008.
I have pledged to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and to spread freedom and democracy around the world.
I will never waver from that pledge.
On September 19, 2016, while in uniform, I made the conscious decision to not stand for the Star Spangled Banner because I feel like a hypocrite, singing about “land of the free” when, I know that only applies to some Americans.
I will gladly stand again, when ALL AMERICANS are afforded the same freedom.
The Navy has decided to punish me for defending the Constitution and has taken away my equipment I need to do my Naval job.
It was my pleasure serving my country, I love it dearly, that is why I must do this for you. I will keep you all posted on what happens next!
Ervin says she lost her security clearance and was threatened with jail by the Navy in response to her actions.
Troops who don’t stand for the national anthem could face prosecution under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for violating Article 92, which states that troops can be punished for failing to obey a lawful general order.
On September 23, 2016, the U.S. Navy published a “Guidance” to remind sailors about the rules governing the national anthem.
As reported by Hope Hodge Seck for Military.com:
In the wake of two sailors going public with their decision to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement by refusing to stand when the Star Spangled Banner is played, Navy Reserve Forces Command today published guidance warning troops that they can be punished or prosecuted for such protests.
A message directed at active-duty sailors and reserve personnel on active duty cites Navy Regulation 1205, which mandates that personnel in uniform must stand at attention and face the flag when the national anthem is played. It also notes that a Navy administrative message published in 2009 requires Navy active-duty personnel in civilian clothes to face the flag, stand at attention, and place their right hand over their heart.
“Additionally, Sailors receive training on the appropriate usage of social media, and must not use it to discredit the Naval Service, and should be reminded it could potentially be used as evidence against them,” the guidance continues, a message apparently directed at the two sailors who published posts on Facebook about their protests.
Failure to comply with these regulations, the message said, is punishable under Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and constitutes commission of a serious offense — grounds for administrative separation from the service.
“While military personnel are not excluded from the protections granted by the First Amendment, the US Supreme Court has stated that the different character of our community and of the military mission requires a different application of those protections,” the guidance states.
The military of any country, including that of the United States, is not a place for moral relativism, but runs on strict rules and discipline because soldiers must be depended on to obey orders from their command in the battlefield. Soldiers simply cannot pick and choose which rule or regulation to obey. So the spread of the Kaepernick contagion to the U.S. Armed Forces is a very serious matter.
Just one more “accomplishment” of the POS.