You wouldn’t think the Marine Corps would get all up in arms about a tattoo. But in the case of Anthony Bauswell, they refused to let him join the Marine Corps all because of this tattoo:
The 18-year-old was clearly proud he came from the south in Greenbrier, Arkansas and had the words “SOUTHERN PRIDE” and the Confederate flag tattooed on his arm.
Bauswell said he was pretty upset that they would not let him join.
“I felt pretty low. My own government wasn’t going to let me serve my country because of the ink on my skin,” he said.
Bauswell said that the flag was not meant to be racist in any way, shape or form which was why he had the words, southern pride, accompany the image.
However, the Marine Corp state they forbid tattoos with “racist, sexist, eccentric or offensive” content.
Now that the Marine Corps is not going to let him enrol, Bauswell is not sure where his future lies.
Opposing Views reports:
A teenager from Greenbrier, Arkansas said he was disqualified from joining the Marine Corps because of his Confederate flag tattoo.
Anthony Bauswell, 18, said that after he told a recruiter about the “Southern Pride” tattoo on, he was told the enlisting process would not go forward, KARK reports.
“As soon as I said rebel flag on my ribs, he says DQ, just automatically, DQ,” Bauswell told the news station.