Okinawa- Camp Hansen: Marine Theater Marquee and the Racial Slur

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Camp Hansen on the Island of Okinawa is home to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, and 12th Marine Regiment. Yesterday the movie “Black Panther” was scheduled for a 3 p.m. matinee. Someone rearranged the letters on the Marine theater marquee to a racial slur.

The Air Force Air Force amn/nco/snco posted the following on their Facebook page:

We received a disturbing message tonight with a link to a post that had disgusting, insensitive and racist language. We immediately reached out to Marine Corps Public Affairs to check if it was fake and this was the response we received from Marine Corps Installations Pacific Public Affairs: “We are aware of an incident on Camp Hansen yesterday involving the posting of a racial slur on an AAFES marquee. Please know that the language used is in direct contradiction to the core values of honor, courage, and commitment that we stand for as Marines. This type of behavior is not tolerated by the Marine Corps. The text has been removed and the incident is under investigation.” We have edited the photos due to their sickening language. We thank Marine Corps PA for their response in this matter and believe the proper authorities will get to the bottom of this incident. There is absolutely no room for this behavior. Camp Hansen, Okinawa Japan U.S. Marine CorpsThe Joint Staff

The Marine Corps has initiated an investigation, but we have a suggestion: in numerous cases so far, the perpetrator of these events has been a member of the race that is being slurred. In a Navy incident, the perpetrator was the sailor whose bunk was trashed. In an Air Force incident, it was a Black recruit who wrote slurs on the message boards.

The use of “phat” is not standard,  and it does not mean “fat” – it’s an Asian term that means “excellent.”

Some of the comments on those posts were about how crappy the theater looked. One person thought that was a “Marine thing.” The Air Force remarked to her that  “Marines aren’t known for their Quality of Life, rather their Quality of Killing.”

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