Marines Respond to Video of Jarhead Serving Up Racial Epithets With a Smile

@zellieImani via video screenshot

The U.S. Marine Corps issued a response to a video circulating on social media that appears to show members of the Marine Corps drinking and one saying, “Fuck niggers” just for shits and giggles.

The seconds-long video, posted on Friday to Snapchat, shows one jarhead in shorts and socks drinking from a funnel and then smiling as he repeats the racial epithet.


Activist Zellie Imani posted the video Friday and tweeted the USMC, asking, “Is this commonplace?”


Less than a day later, the official U.S. Marines Twitter account responded: “The actions depicted in the videos are not in keeping with the high standard of conduct to which we hold all our Marines. We will thoroughly investigate the matter and take appropriate action based on the results of the investigation.”


Some posters said that the response was “generic.” However, the Marines did respond, and we hope there will be some kind of follow-up.


This is not the first example of a Marine acting badly—nor the first twit on social media to let their racist flag fly—and sadly, it will not be the last.

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