Military investigating Marine blackface video out of Miramar
MIRAMAR — Military officials have launched an investigation into two Marines who were involved with a blackface video first posted on Snapchat.
The video, which originally appeared Feb. 23 on Snapchat and has since gone viral on Twitter, shows two white Marines dressed in their combat uniforms. Both of the Marines have black on their faces.
One Marine can be heard saying “blackface.” The other Marine then puts on his cap, salutes and says, “Good morning, sir.” The video ends with the first Marine saying, “Hello, monkey.”
This is Zach Highfield, he’s a Marine who is proudly displaying his bigotry by wearing blackface in his military gear. The man behind him who says “hello monkey” hasn’t been identified yet. Care to comment on this racist behavior @USMC? pic.twitter.com/mKPLetFrYs
— Simar (@sahluwal) February 23, 2019
Officials at the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar have confirmed the Marines are assigned to their unit.
“We are aware of the social media post,” said 1st Lt. Fredrick Walker with the 3rd MAW. “We have launched an investigation to determine the facts. Our leaders at the 3rd MAW are committed to maintaining an environment of professionalism, dignity and respect. We take all these allegations of discriminatory behavior very seriously as they stand in stark contrast to our core values of honor, courage and respect.”
Walker said officials are not identifying the two Marines or their rank until the investigation is complete.
“We’ll let the justice system work itself out and see what happens,” he said.
The incident comes just weeks after top Virginia officials received calls for their resignation after admitting to donning blackface in the past. Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring, both Democrats, last month admitted to darkening their faces decades ago.
Officials at the 3rd MAW said they also are investigating a second incident involving a Marine.
The Twitter handle @Jacobite_Edward, allegedly run by Lance Cpl. Mason Mead, showed Nazi propaganda including U.S. military explosives set up in the shape of a swastika.Mead is assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, based in Hawaii. Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating that incident, Walker said.