Another investigation has been launched into Marines posting content on social media featuring “blackface.”
The most recent video shows two U.S. Marines, in uniform, posing in blackface made of what appears to be tape.
The video, which was originally posted on Snapchat and shared on Twitter, shows one of the Marines saying what sounds like the word “blackface,” followed by what sounds like a racial slur, according to NBC.
The Marines have been identified as part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing based at MCAS Miramar.
According to KPBS, the Marine whose SnapChat account was featured, Zach Highfield, said it was “a bad mistake. We had no intention to offend.”
He said the blackface was a charcoal mask used to clean pores.
A spokesperson for 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing said that USMC officials are aware of the post and have initiated an investigation.
“We are aware of the post. An investigation has been initiated to determine the facts and circumstances surrounding the content. Our leaders are committed to maintaining an environment of professionalism, dignity, and respect. 3rd MAW takes all allegations of discriminatory behavior very seriously as they stand in stark contrast of our core values of honor, courage, and commitment and do not reflect the discipline and professionalism of the Marines and Sailors of 3rd MAW. It would be inappropriate to comment further on an ongoing investigation.”
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