MIDSHIPMAN EXPELLED AT NAVAL ACADEMY
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One thing's for sure. Former Midshipman Ted Colter is as dumb as a brick. Even his lawyer admits that much. But is he a racist and deserves to be kicked out of the U.S. Naval Academy? We don't think so. And here's why.
At Bancroft Hall, various racial epithets have been known to have been uttered - disparaging blacks and whites alike. Such ignorance and stupidity deserves to be condemned, but when a person uses such a term in a written communication with other "mids," is that worth expulsion from a military academy and the likely ruination of their lives?
Wouldn't a pile of demerits or walking tours teach people like Colter that the use of the "n-word" is totally unacceptable? It is necessary to use a hammer to swat a fly? What do YOU think, dear reader? Let us know. Thank you.
USNA spokesperson CMDR David McKinney confirmed that kicking out the plebe over such an offense, is a first in the history of Annapolis. What he didn't address is what happens if next time the complainant is Caucasian? Would the Naval Academy be as quick to expel them?
NOT THE END OF THE LEGAL PROBLEMS
This is a slippery slope. The court battle that may well result from this action: is it worth it? We doubt the "leadership" at USNA wants any more bad publicity than they already have.
Colter's attorney, Jeffrey McFadden is trying to explain his client's behavior by citing the fact he came from the "mean streets" of Queens, New York where even the "N-word" is mild compared to some of the other slurs uttered there each day.
"The word was meant as a joke, but was admittedly in bad taste and in "poor judgment," the lawyer contends. McFadden has promised to appeal the Naval Academy's drastic action, and he might just win. What happens then?