An investigation is underway after the n-word was photographed on an Okinawa, Japan theater marquee on a Marine Corps. base.
“Phat Black N—–,” read the marquee at a Camp Hansen Army and Air Force Exchange Service, according to a photo obtained by Military.com. The letters were rearranged from a 3 p.m. Sunday showing of “Black Panther,” which has taken the American box office by storm over the last several weeks.
“Derogatory text was found on a marquee at Camp Hansen,” Marine Corps Installations Pacific tweeted March 4. “It was immediately removed and the incident is under investigation. Please visit our Facebook page for more information.”
On Facebook, the group said, “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.”
Additionally, MCIPAC asks that anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the Provost Marshal’s Office.
Online, several people have been voicing their opinions on the racial slur-covered marquee, largely blasting whoever is responsible.
“Can’t blame this one on kids and dependents,” a Facebook user commented. “Hansen is only Marines so whoever did it, I hope [you’re] on security cameras somewhere and you get busted!”
“I seriously hope you take severe action against the individual/s responsible,” someone else said. “Whoever did this did it with the intent of causing racial discord. Our military cannot accept this kind of behavior. Punish to the fullest.”
Another chimed in and said, “This crap again !!!! We all bleed red !!!! Take your ignorant, small-minded beliefs and desert !!! We don’t need your petty crap in our Corps !!!”