A female sailor who posted a video of herself sitting through morning colors in protest of supposed racism in the national anthem is being disciplined by the U.S. Navy.
Disciplinary actions toward the female sailor are ongoing, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy told Military Times. “We are always doing training to make sure that sailors know the pros and cons of using social media, and they must always observe appropriate conduct, and they’re always subject to the UCMJ at all times,” she added.
The national anthem “basically says land of the free, home of the brave, except for hirelings and slaves and I just can’t support anything like that,” the female sailor said in the video she posted on Facebook. She continues “I think Colin had a really good point when he said we had bodies in the streets.”
During the ceremony the sailor sat on a bench and raised her fist in a symbol of black power. “Until this country shows they’ve got my back as a black woman … I can’t, and I won’t and I won’t be forced to [stand],” she continues.
The military requires all U.S. service-members to stop where they are, stand at attention, and salute the flag during the morning ceremony. Disciplinary action for failure to comply with these regulations is not unprecedented. A female soldier posted a photo of herself hiding in her to car to avoid saluting during colors in 2014. The female soldier was made to issue a public apology to the U.S. Army.