What is wrong with this flyer, created for an Air Force event at Georgia’s Robins Air Force Base on the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday? It’s a trick question.
If you answered, “Who in their right mind would name a shooting event after a national civil rights leader who was killed by an assassin’s bullet,” you win!
An official at the military base’s Outdoor Recreation office told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the offensive flyer was created by a marketing team. He said they got rid of it.
The base released this statement:
We’re deeply sorry for any offense or harm caused by our insensitivity and failure to provide appropriate oversight of our marketing process. The flyer does not represent the values, opinions or views of the Department of Defense, the Air Force or Robins Air Force Base leadership and its employees.
We realized the inappropriateness of the advertisement several days ago and immediately began removing the flyer. 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. It was an honest mistake, to which we’ve personally counseled the parties involved and will provide them with remedial training and appropriate oversight to prevent this sort of inattention from occurring in the future.