A U.S. Navy sailor assigned to Naval Air Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Florida, will be disciplined for a protest inspired by San Francisco 49ers quarter Colin Kaepernick.
Video of a sailor who refused to stand for morning colors went viral after it was picked up by US Army Military Police WTF Moments Facebook page on Tuesday. The sailor sat down as the music played, raised her fists, and spoke about Mr. Kaepernick’s recent decision not to honor the national anthem.
“I think that people really need to brush up on the whole f—g ideology of the American flag, the ‘land of the free, home of the brave.’ […] I’m proud of myself, and I feel like my father would be proud of me, and my mom would be proud of me,” the sailor said.
Lt. Cmdr. Kate Meadows, a spokeswoman for Naval Education and Training Command, told Military.com on Wednesday that the sailor’s actions were revealed to command Aug. 31.
“Today I actually did something, and it was small but significant for me,” the sailor said. “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].”
Unlike civilians, military personnel are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Sailors are required by Navy regulations to stand for morning colors. Article 92, failure to obey a lawful order, may now be invoked as a result.
“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,” Lt. Cmdr. Kate Meadows told the newspaper. “We’ll make sure that’s reiterated to our sailors. Anything you post on social media can go viral.”