Two Female Black Navy Sailors Refuse to Stand for National Anthem (So Far)

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– 27 September 2016 –

Janus:

Janus-smallTwo U.S. Navy sailors, both of them black and female, in two separate incidents, have refused to stand for the National Anthem. At least one of them vows to continue this protest; the other remains unidentified.

Via RT:

A US Navy soldier is being disciplined for failing to stand for the national anthem in an act of protest inspired by footballer Colin Kaepernick.

Janaye Ervin has served in the military since 2008 but felt she could no longer stand for the national anthem following a series of instances of police brutality against black Americans.

“I feel like a hypocrite singing about ‘land of the free’ when I know that only applies to some Americans,” she explained in a Facebook post that has since been removed. “I will gladly stand again, when ALL AMERICANS are afforded the same freedom.”

Since staging her protest, the active duty sailor says she has had her security clearance revoked and was threatened with jail time.

Ervin is the second sailor to take part in the growing anti-anthem movement. An unnamed sailor in Florida was shown sitting during the anthem with her fist held up in a nod to the ‘black power’ salute.

“Until this country shows that they’ve got my back as a black woman, that they’ve got my people’s back — not even just being black but people of color — I can’t. And I won’t,” she explained.

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So special. A hero of today’s military, bravely standing up for her special rights against a tyrannical racist military. Never mind that the country let her join our military, which it shouldn’t have done. Why do we put up with this?

Active members of the military are restricted by rules which govern their conduct. It is technically illegal for Navy members to protest this way, according to Navy Regulation 1205, which requires personnel to stand and salute the flag, or place their hand over their heart during the national anthem. Breaching this is classed as a serious offense and is punishable under Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

The Navy has responded to the two acts of protest by publishing new guidelines which remind members of the above regulations, and feature restrictions on social media etiquette.

“Sailors will 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,” it warns.

“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.”

It will be interesting to see if more of these defiant military spectacles continue.

A real military would have locked these “sailors” in the brig and then court-marshaled them. But then a real military wouldn’t have deployable female sailors at all, or transvestites, or any number of other touchy-feely policies that coddle to the individual’s feelings.

Women in particular have always needed special treatment and attention in the military, so it is no surprise that both of these black protesters happen to be women.

But the real issue here isn’t the gender of these protesters, but their race.

The presence of blacks in a white country’s military has always been a mixed bag. In the U.S., before they were fully integrated into white units, blacks often caused trouble, even during wartime. Integration merely made instances of outright revolt less likely.

To be fair, plenty of black men have served our country as soldiers and sailors with great distinction. Such men tend to keep their less enthusiastic fellows in line. But the majority of black people in the military, including many of the honorable ones, identify as blacks first and Americans second.

This is only natural, really. Blacks are a separate nation within the United States.

As the percentage of non-whites and women in the U.S. military grows, the less cohesion the military will have. Powerful EEO offices will continue to push for more leeway for protected groups to express themselves.

This is a recipe for disaster.

Without an overwhelming majority of one core group or another, racial integration of a military doesn’t work. Today whites only make up about 60% of the U.S. military. When that number drops below 50%, expect the country to soon disintegrate.

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  1. Penalty for insubordination of that nature is reduction of pay grade [Busted Down] by two ranks and to remain at the reduced grade for term of enlistment. Let’s see exactly what happens if, it is made public or others around the two, leak it.

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    • If left to itself, the military branches will probably respond as you’ve described, if only to nip this rebellion in the bud.

      But will the civilian government interfere? Obama in particular likes to stick his nose into black racial issues.

      Other neat questions include:
      -How many National Anthem protesters have we not heard about, who haven’t posted their actions on Facebook? In the Navy at least, the National Anthem is played every day during colors. That’s a lot of opportunity.
      -Were these protests pushed by outside, Soros-funded groups?
      -Will we see more National Anthem protests in the military?

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