Georgia Air Force Base Used MLK’s Face In Target Practice Flyer
We support and appreciate the men and women who put their lives on the line to make this country safe, but F**K the guys at Robins Air Force Base Trap and Skeet Club!
The distinguished gentlemen in this esteemed gun nut club thought it appropriate to use assassinated civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a target practice event on the national holiday this Monday.
It should come as no shock that military official Leroy Minus (like “minus” the common sense that God gave him) told the AJC that the neither he, nor the base, created the offensive flyer.
“We didn’t make the flyer,” said Leroy Minus, the official. “We squared it away. We got rid of the picture.”
The base, in a statement, called it an “honest mistake.”
Here’s the full statement:
We’re deeply sorry for any offense or harm caused by our insensitivity and failure to provide appropriate oversight of our marketing process. The flyer does not represent the values, opinions or views of the Department of Defense, the Air Force or Robins Air Force Base leadership and its employees.
We realized the inappropriateness of the advertisement several days ago and immediately began removing the flyer. There was no malice of forethought in the flyer’s creation and it was never the base’s intention to portray Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in a negative light. It was an honest mistake, to which we’ve personally counseled the parties involved and will provide them with remedial training and appropriate oversight to prevent this sort of inattention from occurring in the future.
Again, we offer our heartfelt apology to those affected by our thoughtlessness. We hold the legacy of Dr. King in the highest regard.
Image via Twitter/Robins Air Force Base