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Arkansas teen rejected by the Marine Corps because of his Confederate flag tattoo

The body art policy for the Marine Corps forbids anything that is “sexist, racist, eccentric or offensive in nature.” Because it is a Confederate flag, this tattoo definitely qualifies.

Most people agree that the Confederate flag is a symbol of racism. However, there are others who ignore the history behind it, and keep insisting it’s just a symbol of Southern pride. One such person is Greenbriar, Arkansas teen Anthony Bauswell.

The 18-year-old’s an ambition to join the Marines had just one problem: he sports a Confederate flag tattoo bearing the phrase “Southern Pride.” Bauswell said the recruiter saw the tattoo and said:

“DQ, just automatically DQ.”

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Anthony Bauswell (KARK)

Bauswell said of the experience:

“I felt pretty low. My own government wasn’t going to let me serve my country because of the ink on my skin.”

The body art policy for the Marine Corps forbids anything that is “sexist, racist, eccentric or offensive in nature.” Because it is a Confederate flag, this tattoo definitely qualifies.

Bauswell, however, insists that’s not why he has the tattoo:

“I definitely don’t want it to be seen as racism, which is 99% of the reason I got ‘southern pride’ on it.”

Sorry, kid, it doesn’t matter. The Marines have a very good reason for rejecting someone boasting such a tattoo.

[NY Daily News] Featured image via screen grab

107 Comments

107 Comments

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    Kit9

    January 23, 2016 at 11:33 am

    It’s a free country. You can choose to be a racist….BUT you have to take the consequences.

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    oldsalt1942

    January 23, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    The “ink on your skin” is just a confirmation that you’re a complete twatwaffle and unsuited for the Corps.

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    Karen Brown

    January 23, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    It is only recently that they were alright with ANY ‘ink on your skin’. If you have a problem with following the rules, you probably don’t need to be in the Marines in the first place. If you really WANT to be in the Marines, then there are ways to get the tattoo removed. They need ‘esprit de corps’, for EVERY member to feel like the rest have their back, no matter where they come from, their race, their religion, etc. it could be hard for some to feel that this guy is going to be on board with that, looking at that particular ‘ink on his skin’.

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    Brooklyn Culture Jammers

    January 23, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    I’m sure he’ll be very popular with the local Skinheads. Oh, wait. They don’t pay.

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    mathematicaster

    January 23, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    How about your own country doesn’t’ want someone who aligns with traitors and sedition to serve in her armed forces? There ya go! Not complicated at all, is it, little one?

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    Cindy Howard

    January 23, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Twatwaffle! Omg I am dying with laughter

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    Hassan Hamza

    January 23, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Maybe the CSA is hiring.

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    James William Langford

    January 23, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Why on earth would we even consider allowing anyone with such a tattoo in our armed forces? We need soldiers who are loyal to the United States, not to a group of traitors who took up arms against against us.

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    itsjim

    January 23, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    He could go hang with the other “martyrs without a cause” In Oregon

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    Gary Miles

    January 23, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Why would the US military want to take someone who identifies with treason and seditiion, anyway?

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    FRANK

    January 23, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Good for the Marine Corp for standing up for what is right! By showing that they uphold fairness and good moral actions shows how great their principles really are! GO MARINE CORP!!! Thank you for your service and I’m proud of each and everyone of you!

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    Erik Jerome Finkel

    January 23, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Most businesses have moderate dress codes on tattoos in general and as long as they are covered up.
    I am a positively optimistic hopelessly Hopeful person when first meeting people for the first time and don’t like to judge. To many this symbol only means southern pride and states rights. Maybe he already regrets the tattoo because of how people perceive him. Maybe he could have been that chosen one to reunite us all but now you’ve pushed him away to the dark side with your black and white bias. He could have died for our country and become a martyr. Now he is guaranteed to reproduce and ruin our future progeny.

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    LadyUSMC

    January 23, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Get it covered up but he’s going to learn the hard way, if he’s racist, that there is only one color in the Corps – green!

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    Rhonda Heumiller

    January 23, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    I knew a guy from Arkansas not only did he have the confederate flag tattooed on his body but he also had swastika’s and the initials KKK and he was a full blown racists. So tell me that flag does not represent racism.

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    Tim Madsen

    January 23, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    The Marine Corps is an exclusive club, not everyone can join and not everyone makes it when they do.

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    Donna

    January 23, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    If he still wants to join he can get the tattoo removed. Do not act as if this means something that it doesn’t.
    If he wanted to join the marines he could have looked into their regulations to begin with.

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    Kyle Bowers

    January 23, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    The confederate flag is a symbol of armed insurrection against the united states. hardly a patriotic symbol

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    racism ain't dead, it just kills others

    January 23, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    he can always become a cop … they get to shoot people too.

    And nobody within the police department is going to complain, they’ll welcome him in as ‘a brother’.

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    James

    January 24, 2016 at 12:10 am

    See, here’s what I don’t get: how is the Confederate flag a symbol of racism based on the history behind it, while the US flag is not despite the long history of institutional racism behind it, and the English flag is also not considering the long history of racism behind that?

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    Jill Campbell

    January 24, 2016 at 12:10 am

    As long as his “Southern Pride” includes the Confederate flag, which has nothing to do with states rights, he’s already at the dark side. I’m from the South. I take zero pride in the history of my state, or in the region. The Southern states were traitors to the Union, all so they could protect their right to own slaves. The fact is, just practical terms, slavery was not economically feasible. The states just hated that they were being told what to do before they were ready to do it.

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    Stevie

    January 24, 2016 at 12:17 am

    Yall are jerks. Your all so full of crap. Not everyone associated with the confederate flag is racist and or has to deal with the kkk or skinheads any of that. There are plenty of African Americans, and other nationalities other then Caucasian that support the rebel flag. Maybe before you go jumping to conclusion and being little jerks you could really try to understand his reasoning. In some parts it’s totally different then how it was in the past. And I don’t see a lot of y’all offering your life up to defend ALL the people of our country. Why don’t you focus your negative sorry butts on the people trying to take over our country!!! I for one am not racist and DO have rebel flags. But then again no one will ever understand. And THATS OK. we will ALL be the same when we die and it’s our judgement day.

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    Kenneth M Burling Jr

    January 24, 2016 at 4:08 am

    The flag is pretty much universally seen as a symbol of racism and hate, except by a small minority that refuses to look at history.

    It is a replacement for the swastika, for Nazis in Germany, where it is illegal to display the swastika.

    As for southern pride… The group that tends to use that slogan is not one he seems to actually want to be associated with.

    As for the meaning of the flag… The guy who started flying it (who had it commissioned) declared it a symbol of white power, purity, and the idea that god meant for the white man to rule.

    He can get the tattoo removed, and they will let him in. It is quite possible that he is just as ignorant as he seams, and there won’t be any military record created for him till he actually starts the meps process.

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    Nico Youknowifyouknowme

    January 24, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Never heard that one before…but I’m definitely stealing it!

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    Gordon

    January 24, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Have the ink removed, then you can go in. I for one agree with the policy of no racist ink allowed and most black know this is racist mostly.

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    Omar J Cruz Rubio

    January 24, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Ummm… By those standards, every country is a free country, say, as long as you don’t mind being “disappeared” by your government. The consequences are always what make it something you can’t do. Pretty much anywhere that law exists is a place where you can’t do something (unless you’re willing to take the punishment, but now we’re going in circles), so no country is truthfully free. Your definition of free is more a distinction of severity than one of kind. But, yeah, that aside, and to quote the illustrious oldsalt1942 just below this comment, that guy is “a complete twatwaffle and unsuited for the Corps.”

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    Felix

    January 24, 2016 at 10:14 am

    And Stevie, you will never understand that the confederate flag flew over armies and states that had seceded from the US, which is hard to defend as patriotic. Secession was clearly an act of rebellion against the union. Does that help?

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    1hotgolfer

    January 24, 2016 at 10:15 am

    LMAO…so funny. I’m stealing that one!!

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    Kathy Cooper

    January 24, 2016 at 10:18 am

    And he could also have been one of those U.S. Military men who set dogs on the dark skinned prisoners at Abu Ghraib or mowed down a civilian Afghan family just because. You try to hedge against those things and bigotry is bigotry no matter the target.

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    spookiewon

    January 24, 2016 at 11:58 am

    He wasn’t “disappeared.” And it’s insulting to people who have been by oppressive regimes to suggest that not getting the job you want is remotely like being taken in the night and jailed forever or killed.

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    Evan Brown

    January 24, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    The US flag itself is not based on racism, while the Confederate flag is expressly meant to symbolize the superiority of the “white race.” It’s the same distinction between the German flag and the Nazi flag – while there was institutional racism in Germany, the Nazi flag is explicitly racist. Every country has had some degree of institutional racism at some point or other – this is not an Anglo-American invention.

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    Reggie Moore

    January 24, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Well said James!

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    Reggie Moore

    January 24, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    I don’t see many African-Americans supporting this rebel flag.. If they do they are ignorant and misinformed! That flag supported slavery.. Slaves were sold, raped and beaten on a daily basis..The flag offends me and I do not associate myself with anyone who supports it!

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    Shae

    January 24, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Where exactly are these African Americans that support the Confederate flag? Show of hands anyone?

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    Joanne

    January 24, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I hear the morons that took over the wildlife refuge in Oregon are looking for recruits. They don’t pay, but I hear they have snacks

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    Isidro Garcia

    January 24, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Twatwaffle?! Kinda strong, oldsalt1942. Ignorant for sure. His loyalty is not with the United States, and he still felt he would be welcomed?
    I take it back. He is a twatwaffle.

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    Jarrad Luckey

    January 24, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Well said sir, well said.

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    Cookie Maryanna Hart

    January 24, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    OMG.. I just love that reply.. twatwaffle! I’m dying over here!

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    Lizabeth Egan

    January 24, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Twatwaffle,I never her that before. I am
    ROTF laughing. I am stealing that word.
    Oh and BTW I agree with your statement.

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    Sue

    January 24, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    I think it might be byos-bring your own snacks – and more to share

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    Marc Bechtol

    January 24, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Freedom of speech means that the State can’t criminalize speech. When they send him to Leavenworth they will have violated the 1st Amendment.

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    Darrell F. Hill

    January 24, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Maybe the young man made a miss stake . remove it son and try again , I’m an old black vet… but I will take a chance on youth. .

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    rherrboldt

    January 24, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Good! He should have contemplated the consequences before getting a tattoo. I am proud of a lot of different groups and organizations, however, I do not ink my allegiance to them on my skin.

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    Mike Sciales

    January 24, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Bad news kid. The Marines, like the rest of the US Armed Forces, subscribe to certain core values and beliefs. Like it or not, the confederate flag has been designated an inappropriate image because it isn’t what YOU think, it’s what others might think, not about you, but about your branch of service. I served over 20 years and our job was to perform a mission with my team mates. They had to rely on me and I had to rely on them. That just causes doubt.

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    Olivier Brill

    January 24, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Twatwaffle. I love it. And he still does not get it.

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    Ginger Oxendine

    January 24, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    He wants to serve his country? He was at the Confederacy’s Marine recruiting office?

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    Sarah Beaulieu

    January 24, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Seriously were you dropped on your head as a child or are your parents related?? I have never witnessed anyone other than racist white good ol boys flying the Confederate flag. It is a symbol of racism. If your proud of your racist heritage great but don’t be surprised when people call you a racist price of garbage comes with the territory.

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    Richard

    January 24, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    The only things he’s destined for are a nice spot in his favorite trailer park and a sad looking paycheck.

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    Richard

    January 24, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    The confederate flag is a symbol of sedition, treason, hatred and slavery supporting racist pig-screwing rednecks.

    Is that clear enough for you, James,

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    Richard

    January 24, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    The history if that flag is not pride. It us sedition, treason and segregation. There is no pride in a man who holds up the confederate flag. There is only ignorance. That is all!

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    Bill Haffey

    January 24, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    Marc, you do not get sent to jail for not being qualified for the Marines. You just don’t get to serve. And in this case that is a good thing

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    John thill

    January 25, 2016 at 12:12 am

    I was born in Virginia, can I fly it cause I’m a fool for the city?

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    Felicia Wallace

    January 25, 2016 at 3:51 am

    Will removing the tattoo from his arm remove the ignorance from his brain?

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    Cam

    January 25, 2016 at 5:09 am

    It is the flag of a defeated enemy of the United States. He may as well have had the flag of Imperial Japan on his arm. He is supportive of a no longer in existence nation we defeated.

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    John

    January 25, 2016 at 6:12 am

    It is hard to believe that there is not a Marine who has a confederate flag tat.

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    Bret Strunk

    January 25, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Maybe because that’s how our own country was formed? 🙂

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    Marti McKown

    January 25, 2016 at 7:59 am

    SMH..Since I live in the Buckle of the Bible Belt and in a city where the last black man was hung from the confederate statue which graces our town, And we are one of the 3 states that celebrates MLK’s birthday and Robert E Lee’s birthday on the same day. I can only say this..”Pride goeth before a fall and a haughty spirit before destruction…add that to Lee’s response when he (and his troops) surrendered and was asked what to do with this flag. Gen Lee responded “fold it up, put it in your attic or in a museum”…many here still hold to the old ways, however to the young man..If you truly WANT to be a Marine, and Serve Your Country with Honor..Do as Lee himself did and remove the tattoo (or have it covered up) and take the oath of Allegiance to your Country….the young often do things that are foolish without regard to the consequences…just fix it and learn from it.

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    Samara

    January 25, 2016 at 8:31 am

    This is just another example of our youths irrational entitlement. He is not entitled to acceptance into any american military. Being denied isn’t violating his freedom. The fact that he has the choice to apply and has the possibility of being accepted or denied is freedom. He can’t dictate the meaning of a symbol. Despite his intentions, he should be wise enough to realize that flag has a historical significance he can’t ignore. His actions are egotistical and naive.

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    Jack Sader

    January 25, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Yeah, and you can choose to murder someone and take the consequences too. What is your point? Free does not mean do anything you want. If this stupid little boy wants to sport a symbol of treason against the U.S. then so be it but he doesn’t belong in the Marines for sure.

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    Babz Rawls Ivy

    January 25, 2016 at 8:55 am

    At the end of the day… It is traitorous. It is not the American flag. And his made up reasons for getting it tattooed on his person just says he has no understanding of history. Willful ignorance at its best.

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    Amanda

    January 25, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Stevie… I live in Alabama… the “heart of dixie” and all of the older people around here who fly that flag long for the old days of Jim Crow laws and segregation. The young people who fly/display that flag do so because they are ignorant and also because their racist parents do. No, it may not be the way it was in the past here, but that’s only because the process was basically started at gunpoint and the rest of the country is watching… and the South still has LGBT folks to hate and discriminate against…

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    meerling

    January 25, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Please don’t, we have enough out of state idiots here already.

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    Chris Cloud

    January 25, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Let me see if I got this right. The Marine Corp is made up of about 36% minorities and those minorities would not find a Confederate flag offensive? What do you think the chances are that this guy would survive boot camp alive with that tattoo?

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    Chris Cloud

    January 25, 2016 at 10:21 am

    The Marine Corp is made up of about 36% minorities and you think minorities would not find a Confederate flag offensive? What do you think the chances are that this guy would survive boot camp alive with that tattoo? Most minorities and a lot of whites find this flag offensive. The Marine Corp teach people how to kill their enemies, that flag would be the enemy to most minorities.

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    Vernon Hall

    January 25, 2016 at 11:18 am

    You want to serve? Get the tattoo removed, dumb ass!!

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    Stephen Booth

    January 25, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Is that like a cockwomble?

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    stellans

    January 25, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    And lots of sex toys, Joanne – don’t forget about all those sex toys which were so generously mailed to them in OR. Heh.

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    Rob

    January 25, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Darrell, that’s the most reasonable comment I’ve seen on this story.

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    Patrick

    January 25, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Was active for 3 years, No black man in America would support the confederate flag. Did you serve? The confederate flag is a symbol of hatred and racism in this country. Period. No matter what you say about it. If you want to show southern pride try educating your kids, giving them birth control and maybe using one of around 20 other civil war flags. The south has risen again in;
    teen pregnancy
    welfare recipients
    high school drop out rates
    something else I can’t recall.
    So where is all this pride?

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    Albert Johnson

    January 25, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Twatwaffle, just entered the vernacular

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    Brandon

    January 25, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    “Not for fame or reward, not for place or for rank, not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity, but in simple obedience to duty as they understood it.”

    – Inscription on the Confederate Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery

    But what do I know? I’m just a guy from Connecicut with a history degree..

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    Bobbie

    January 25, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    But they never said because it’s racist , it’s because it’s offensive to SOME people, still NOT RACIST.

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    T. R. Hickey

    January 25, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    No Bret, that was how our Country was almost pulled apart.

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    Russell Bradford

    January 25, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    OBEDIENCE to the plantation owners and upper class that KNEW the economy was doomed without slaves. That flag is a scar on the heart of this nation. Nothing good comes through association with it.

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    John C1

    January 25, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Exactly. A person has the right to place any identifying imagery on their person.

    The fact that this “person” decided to place a known racist image on his person negates his ability to become a member of the US military.

    In other words, the US military will not overtly train racists and white power groups.

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    regi

    January 25, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    As a veteran, there is no place in the military for that type of thinking….. one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all….. young man needs to cover it up if he really wants to show that he isn’t racist….. the youth of today follow what they r taught growing up, MCRD will make a man r a mouse outa him

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    msducttape

    January 25, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Nice reply!

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    Dyderich Schmidt

    January 26, 2016 at 2:37 am

    I can guarantee you that there are…and there are plenty of other tattoos on fellow marines, soldiers, airmen, sailors, etc. Just because he is attempting to get in and they take offense now…look around the ones who already are in and have tats…you will find many with questionable ones but they keep them covered so out of sight out of mind.

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    Gene Floyd

    January 26, 2016 at 5:22 am

    Those are my thoughts exactly. We all do things when we’re young and dumb. growing up as a white Southerner, I was taught a much different version of the flag and it’s meaning than I now understand. I can’t imagine the recruiter turning him down if he figures things out and takes steps to reverse his mistake.

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    Dale Wight

    January 26, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Well, racism is just one of the sufficient reasons to disqualify a bearer of that flag.

    Another would be that soldiers fighting under it killed more US soldiers than all our other enemies combined. I sure hope that the US Marine Corp doesn’t want it’s own sporting our enemies’ emblems.

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    Dale Wight

    January 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    “Misunderstood” is missing its prefix.

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    Sandy Wilson Perry

    January 26, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    how stupid is that?? the kid was just trying to serve his coutry it shouldnt matter wtf they have tattood on them they are in uniform 100% of the time except when they go to bed. It disgusts me that the military would hold such a “DISGRACEFUL” grudge against a kid who wants to serve his country. He would have made a great soldier I beleive. how stupid can you really get?

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    Sandy Wilson Perry

    January 26, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    THE CONFEDERATE FLAG IS NOT A SYMBOL OF RACISM IT IS A SYMBOL OF THE SOUTHERN ARMY DURING THE WAR AND IT SHOULDNT FREAKIN MATTER. ITS JUST A FLAG. REMEMBER THEY RAISED THE AMERICAN FLAG AT ALL THE KKK MEETINGS SO SHOULD WE BAN THAT FLAG AS WELL?? how stupid. he wants to serve his country he shoud be able to. who is really gonna see that any way?? people need to catch up on their history before they start pointing fingers!!!!

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    Sandy Wilson Perry

    January 26, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    it is a syombol of the southern army during the civil war. people dont fly it to be racist they are honoring the soidliers of the south. Should we forget them and their place in history?? Obama ad his bullshit is the only reason AMERICA ssociated it ith racism to begin with. READ YOUR HISTORY BOOK!!

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    Sandy Wilson Perry

    January 26, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    AMEN BROTHER!!

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    Sandy Wilson Perry

    January 26, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    at least SOMEONE knows whats really goin on lol!!

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    Sandy Wilson Perry

    January 26, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    how is it TRAITOROUS?? It is merely a symbol of the southern army during the civil war. Yes the south lost. Does that mean we should forget about the southern soldiers who ALSO wanted to serve in the armed forces. i guess ignorance is bliss

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    Sandy Wilson Perry

    January 26, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    egotistical and naive?? REALLY??? Im sure he thought about that tatoo him being denied into the military crossed his mind before he tried to enlist. NOT!!! GET A CLUE PEOPLE AND READ YOUR DAMN HISTORY BOOK. THESE COMMENTS YOU ARE MAKING ARE OFFENSIVE SO THERE YOU GO THANKS FOR THE NEGATIVITY!!!

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    Sandy Wilson Perry

    January 26, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    IT SHOUDLNT MATTER im with everyone else who thinks there isnt a marine who has that flag tattod on them somewhere. it didnt become a problem until OBAMA made it a problem. SMH at all of you that are scoffing this young man who wants to serve his country. it is disgraceful. I guess if he had the american flag there it woudnt matter. you are all igonorant!

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    Sandy Wilson Perry

    January 26, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    it is not intended to be racist. It didnt become a problem until OBAMA made it a problem. They also flew the american flag at such meetings as the KKK AND other things that have happened they left that part out does that mean we should forget about our southern soldiers and ban the american flag as well??? this shit makes my blood boil!! PLEASE READ YOUR DAMN HISTORY BOOK PEOPLE WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Sandy Wilson Perry

    January 26, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    ARE YOU RETARDED??? please get a clue and read you history books PLEASE!!! you all that are offended by this flag. KNOW THIS…THE AMERICAN FLAG WAS FLOWN AT ALL THE THINGS THE CONFEDERATE FLAG WAS FLOWN AT. GUESS WE SHOULD BAN THAT FLAG AS WELL. WTF

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    Sandy Wilson Perry

    January 26, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    YEA IT DIDNT BECOME A PROBLEM UNTIL OBAMA MADE IT A PROBLEM. i CANT WAIT UNTIL THAT SOB IS OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. O WAIT…I SAID WHITE HOUSE…IS THAT RACIST TOO??

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    Sandy Wilson Perry

    January 26, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Any of the things that happened during the civil rights pelase read your history book. get on from a college and not the library or your kids history book they are lying to our youth about all of it; I didnt learn amovement and all of that until I went to college and they DID not teach us that the confederate flag is racist. RACIST??? PLEASE GET A DAM CLUE BEFORE YOU POINT FINGERS!!!!!!

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    Sandy Wilson Perry

    January 26, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    READ YOUR HISTORY BOOK DARLIN; GET ONE FROM A LOCAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND FIND OUT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED WITH THAT FLAG. i guess all these damn OBAMA supporters are racist bound because he ‘MADE IT SO’ i cant wait until he leaves washington am not saying the “WHITE HOUSE’ because someone might say im racsti too. i think they shouldnt give a dman wtf he has on his body there are plenty of soldiers who have that flag i know because i have seen it …THANKS OBAMA YOU ASS!!

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    Sandy Wilson Perry

    January 26, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    THE FLAG IS A SYMBOL OF THE SOUTHERN ARMY DURING THE CIVIL WAR. IT SHOULD NOT BE ASSOCIATED WITH SLAVERY AT ALL. THE AMERICAN FLAG WAS FLOWN AT ALL OF THAT TOO SO I GUESS WE SHOULD BAN THAT FLAG TOO…THANKS OBAMA GET THE F OUT OF WASHINGTON PLEASE!!! all you have done is destroy our country and try to pit us against us so you can declare marshall law and stay in the “WHITE” house as long as you can. Yes i said “WHITE” house guess im a racist too SMH

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    Sandy Wilson Perry

    January 26, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    YES SIR COULDNT HAVE SAID IT BETTER!!!

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    Sandy Wilson Perry

    January 26, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    yes sir couldnt have said it better!!

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    Sandy Wilson Perry

    January 26, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    you sir are so ignorant

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    Sandy Wilson Perry

    January 26, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    its only racist if you want it to be. it wast a problem util Obama made it one. It was a damn stupid attempt to pit america against one another so he can declare marshall law, please people get a clue and read a college history book on american history (all the others are full of lies} the history class I took did not associate that flag with racism at all It is a symbol of southern soldiers during the civil war. did you even know that?? you all should get educated before you start pointing fingers. the kid just wants to serve his country wtf

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    Joanne

    January 26, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Nice try to attempt to blame Obama, but It was the racist massacre in a SC church that tipped the scales in a decades long debate over the meaning of confederate flag.
    The confederate flag only exists because of southern states attempt to secede from the Union which they wanted to do to preserve the violent domination and enslavement of black people. It belongs in a museum; to wave it around will be viewed as racist by most, and rightfully so.

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    rherrboldt

    January 26, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Hi Sandy, he claims that the tattoo represents “Southern Pride” and that is great. I am glad he has pride in where he is from! However, there very clearly is the Confederate Navy Jack visible in the tattoo. Many people make the argument that it was never the official flag of the confederacy, however, it was adopted and used by the Confederate State’s Navy. This teen clearly does not understand the historical significance behind the symbol. Although it was not the official flag of the Confederate States, it was of their Navy (clearly an associated organization to the Confederate States.) The Confederate States and their Navy opposed the Union and represented a great threat to our nation. It only makes sense the Marines rejected this young man. Our military depends on obedience and discipline, ultimately wearing a symbol related to a secessionist group misrepresents those values. Like I said he may not understand what it means, however, ignorance is not an excuse. We cannot let people like him in our military, they clearly do not understand underlying social constraints on a national scale, let alone an international scale. During the U.S invasion of Iraq, a handful of US servicemen looted and even more stood aside and encouraged looting after the overthrow of the Ba’athist government. It is important that our military continues to reject folks who may represent a threat to our national security and/or foreign policy. This was certainly a good call by the Marine Corps.

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    Gene Floyd

    January 27, 2016 at 5:05 am

    Sorry, but the Marine Corps has standards including “no racist tattoos”. Do you think they should change the rules just for this kid? Is he that special?

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    Joanne

    January 27, 2016 at 6:24 am

    You are the one who is twisting history to fit your racist narrative. The confederate flag only exists because of the southern states that wished to secede from the union so that they could continue their violent domination and enslavement of black people. If you don’t have the sense to understand that, people who think like you do are part of the problem and not the solution.

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    Carl S. Johnson

    January 28, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Cry me a river, apparently black skin is thin. Check these images:

    https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=black+with+confederate+flag&id=D4CB77922C28F52E9198E68CC3DCBF38FDBE60DD&FORM=IQFRBA

    And where do you get the data that supports “Most people agree that the Confederate flag is a symbol of racism”? Or, being liberal, you don’t need data,, facts, or truth.

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    shadow diver

    April 13, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    How about this. The Marines should not allow any tats that carry the battle flag of a rebel nation, that tried to destroy the USA and murdered a couple hundred thousand TRUE PATRIOTS in the process?

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    Tim

    February 28, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Let me get this strsight.

    Most of you are talking about this country needs to get rid of all symbols of hate and racism. How about starting with the party responsible for most of it? Thats right….

    The democrats.

    Get rid of them all. This coubtry would be better off without your RACIST, crying, ignorant asses around.

    Until you can make up for all the people enslaved and mistreated over the past few hundred years shut the fuck up and get off your imaginary SJW soapbox.

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