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Military investigating Marine blackface video out of Miramar

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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.”

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.

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