Someone really didn’t think this through.
A provocative flyer featuring Martin Luther King Jr. atop a “fun shoot” at an Air Force base in Georgia has military officials scrambling to minimize any damage, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The flyer depicts an image of the civil rights icon along with the caption: “Fun Shoot.”
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) January 14, 2016
The event is scheduled for Monday, the federal holiday set aside to mark King’s birthday, at the Robins Air Force Base shooting range in Georgia.
As for the poor choice of words, the Air Force is blaming it on the marketing team that made the flyer.
“We didn’t make the flyer,” Outdoor Recreation official Leroy Minus told the Journal-Constitution. “We squared it away. We got rid of the picture.”
The base issued an apology “for any offense or harm caused by our insensitivity and failure to provide appropriate oversight of our marketing process.”
“We realized the inappropriateness of the advertisement several days ago and immediately began removing the flyer,” the Air Force said in a statement. “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.”
Not that the apology allayed the concerns of perpetually offended race agitators who act as if they’re holding a hammer and in search of a nail, though there was an occasional voice of reason.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses from Twitter:
@bluestein PROVOCATIVE? are you completely dense?
— Kaiser Resiak (@resiak90) January 15, 2016
@RT_America always finding something to cry about. It’s on the holiday – it’s a shooting event. Reading way too much into it to throw a fit.
— mark kaser (@mkasedogg) January 16, 2016
@bluestein Did they take their white sheets & hoods off before or after the “apology?”
— Tom Huff (@THuff7) January 15, 2016
— Atlanta Events (@ATL_Events) January 14, 2016
@bluestein Who in their right mind thought this was in any way a good idea!?
— 12th PonyRoy (@PonyRoy) January 15, 2016
@ajplus What is next, an Air Force Emmett Till Target Practice day?
— Brian Keith O’Hara (@bkohatl) January 16, 2016
@ajplus how does one make such an “honest mistake”?
— EugenePetit (@traumen351) January 15, 2016
@RawStory WTF? Really disgusting and it wasn’t honest or a mistake! Air Force you aren’t representing America when you pull this shit
— Dale Staley (@awelab1956) January 15, 2016
— Jude™ (@TheEntropicMan) January 15, 2016
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