The Navy SEALs are under fire after a racially insensitive video from the Navy SEAL museum in Fort Pierce, Florida surfaced online.
In the video, which was reportedly captured at a fundraiser for the museum, a military K-9 unit demonstrates its capabilities by chasing down and attacking a man in a Colin Kaepernick jersey.
You can see the video here:
Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce used “Colin Kaepernick stand-in" for K-9 demonstration at fundraiser last year… https://t.co/VApMQRURJc— Billy Corben (@Billy Corben) 1596385842.0
In another video, after “Navy SEALs and Navy SEAL dogs take down Colin Kaepernick for not standing during National… https://t.co/1pvtUpnoGq— Billy Corben (@Billy Corben) 1596390034.0
After the video went viral, the Navy issued a statement disavowing the video's contents, saying:
"The inherent message of this video is completely inconsistent with the values and ethos of Naval Special Warfare and the U.S. Navy."
UPDATE: @us_navyseals statement says, "The inherent message of this video is completely inconsistent with the value… https://t.co/8Lslx2WBd8— Billy Corben (@Billy Corben) 1596403958.0
Twitter, however, was not placated by the Navy's official statement.
@BillyCorben This is beyond disgusting. Navy! Where’s your conscience?— not a (MAGA)maggot (@not a (MAGA)maggot) 1596388479.0
@BillyCorben Disgusting!!! The Navy doing this just shows how the entire group is filled with systemic racism (and… https://t.co/a0T6Yo0TgE— Healthcare Voter (@Healthcare Voter) 1596388674.0
@BillyCorben I’m just floored that they do this demonstration for anyone, for entertainment. Showing off their powe… https://t.co/fGzit6vAAj— That Jane (@That Jane) 1596401010.0
Many people noted bringing attention to this kind of systemic racism was part of Kaepernick's protest.
It was announced shortly after the video surfaced that the Navy would be investigating the incident.
The U.S. Navy is investigating an incident in which dogs attacked a "Colin Kaepernick stand-in" during a K-9 demons… https://t.co/zj0qM0uIvN— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) 1596469052.0
This was a demonstration put on by @NavySEALMuseum. It is shameful and racist and does not represent the core valu… https://t.co/VJVzcvC0EJ— Naveed Jamali (@Naveed Jamali) 1596388966.0
Twitter thought the people responsible for this demonstration should be held accountable.
@BillyCorben That’s one of the most disrespectful and racist examples by a Military Unit and Absolutely Unbecoming… https://t.co/543gJmAQEz— John Ryan (@John Ryan) 1596391461.0
that navy seal demonstration is so unnecessary & disrespectful smfh. wearing that kapernick jersey was literally to… https://t.co/dXY8ftOKM2— ALEX VAUGHN (@ALEX VAUGHN) 1596473029.0
Military officers are meant to protect the United States Constitution which includes free speech and the right to protest, not threaten it with violence.
US navy condemns demo video with dogs attacking man in Kaepernick shirt. There is total shame & dysfun… https://t.co/Y1XgCJQF2Q— Judy Greenwood (@Judy Greenwood) 1596421900.0
@BillyCorben This is why people are taking the knee blatant racism of the current racists and their forefathers. Wh… https://t.co/R4uXxitmT3— Aized (@Aized) 1596409985.0
Time will tell what the Navy's investigation turns up or if the people involved with this demonstration face consequences.