A recent Twitter and Facebook post to official Marine Corps Special Operations Command social media accounts has sparked online backlash.
“Don’t be lone shooter #MLK weekend! make sure you’ve got security- stay safe!” the post read.
The post was made at 10:52 a.m. leading into the long three-day weekend, but removed about thirty minutes later after social media users questioned the posts wording and intended meaning.
Some were bothered that it appears to reference the 1968 assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. who was killed by a lone shooter.
MARSOC could not be reached for comment, but at about 1:15 made the following post to Facebook.
“From the Command in reference to our latest post/tweet:
Marine leaders will frequently take the opportunity to remind their
personnel to make wise decisions and look out for each other especially before a long holiday weekend. The intent of our recent post was to remind personnel to partner up when going out over the weekend and to look out for each other
using military jargon.
When we were alerted to the potential that this military post could be viewed as insensitive or offensive when combined with the historical facts concerning Martin Luther King Jr., we immediately took it down and apologize for any untended disrespect or misperceptions.
Commanders and Marines everywhere are being encouraged this weekend to reflect on Dr. King’s work and the principles he upheld. Martin Luther King day empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers and moves everyone closer to realizing Dr. King’s visions – we are proud to remember Dr. King’s life, sacrifices and accomplishments.”