Coast Guard member removed from duty after hateful gesture on television
A member of the U.S. Coast Guard has been removed from duty after flashing a white power hand gesture during a live interview.
The incident took place on Friday, September 14, 2018, while Captain John Reed talked about the response operations regarding hurricane Florence.
The news was revealed through the U.S. Coast Guard Twitter and the agency shared that the man's actions do not reflect those of the uniformed service.
According to Coast Guard Lieutenant J.B. Zorn, the man, whose identity is yet to be revealed, will no longer be on active duty and the case is currently under investigation. Follow us on our Twitter account @amomama_usa to learn more.
We are aware of the offensive video on twitter - the Coast Guard has identified the member and removed him from the response. His actions do not reflect those of the United States Coast Guard.— U.S. Coast Guard (@USCG) September 15, 2018
Zorn added that 'whatever the symbol means, it doesn't reflect the Coast Guard' and its values, so 'it won't be tolerated.' The images couldn't be clearer, though.
People are dying and in danger and this #USCG member feels it’s the right time to assert his white power. Disgusting and disgraceful. This was no accident. I hope that the @USCG will do the right thing and investigate this national disgrace #hurricane https://t.co/0n92Mb4pHB https://t.co/5lQaQbxUHH— Nancy Bui-Thompson (@NancyBui) September 15, 2018
While the interview is taking place, the man, who can be seen sitting at a desk, notices the camera pointing in his direction and casually lifts his right hand to do the white power hand signal.
This was clearly an opportunity for the individual to throw a “whitepower” sign at the camera. If he is in the service of the US Coast Guard I hope they undertake some necessary disciplinary action. Shameful conduct....— Mitch Kimball (@MitchKimball2) September 15, 2018
So far, it isn't known what sort of disciplinary action the man faces, but many people online were offended by the hateful gesture and demanded justice to be done.
Did you all see this guy flash White Power on TV? OUR OWN COAST GUARD!!! This needs to be investigated and this man needs to be ousted/removed/discharged!— (((Jann Gobble))) 🏳️🌈 (@jgobble) September 14, 2018
cc:@SykesCharlie @JoyAnnReid @SRuhle @HallieJackson @NicolleDWallace @chucktodd pic.twitter.com/avuwUk9Ztc
Jann Gobble, a Twitter user, was outraged and said that the official should be discharged. The opinion was shared by Janet S., who believes that the unidentified man should be expelled from the Coast Guard
A TRUE HERO
But one man doesn't represent a whole group, and Coast Guard Zac Edwards recently proved just that by saving a drowning teenager in the middle of his own wedding.
Edwards had just finished saying 'I do' to wife Cindy when he was forced to run into the water to save Jamel Robinson, an 18-year-old who was struggling with the strong currents.
Although Edwards wasn't able to bring him back to shore, the official stayed with Robinson until they were both rescued by the emergency services via jet ski. A truly heroic deed.