This one seems to be a bit overheated. Unless there is more evidence than just a bunch of cadets dressing up in silly costumes, open to mis-interpretation that offended someone were trying to “deliver a racial message” – I don’t see any fire here. Silly, perhaps stupid – but where is the tie in that this group of cadets were trying to deliver anything but some cheer? I mean these are college kids, who consistently do stupid things without thought of consequence, or how someone may misinterpret their actions.
The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, was forced to suspend eight cadets on Thursday after photos of an apparent hazing ritual surfaced online showing the cadets donning all-white, with white pillowcases over their heads.“A social media posting, which I find offensive and disturbing, was brought to my attention this morning,” retired Air Force Lt. Gen. John Rosa, the president of the college, said in a statement on Thursday announcing the immediate activation of suspension proceedings for at least eight cadets and investigation into the images.
“Preliminary reports are cadets were singing Christmas carols as part of a ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’ skit,” he wrote in a Facebook post, adding that the costumes were pillowcases. “These images are not consistent with our core values of honor, duty and respect.”
According to Charleston station WCIV, the images were discovered by an African-American woman on the social media site Snapchat.
“I screenshotted and decided to share because I was so offended,” she wrote, posting the images to Facebook this week. “Was this their idea of some kind of joke?” WCIV reports the woman was later “threatened, harassed and offered money from numerous Citadel Cadets to take it offline in order to not ‘ruin their lives.’”
I think this woman, if she is a Cadet – is in for a hard time in the military. Without some sort of supporting information of nefarious intent, she has done more harm than good. It seems that we are drifting here from “I know racism when I see it”…to seeing racism everywhere.