Fact Check: Did Navy oust black sailor who didn’t salute the flag? | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Fact Check: Did Navy oust black sailor who didn’t salute the flag?

Her protest followed that of quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who repeatedly knelt during the national anthem to call attention to what he saw as discrimination against people of color.

Other athletes followed suit.

Ervin was called in for a meeting the next morning with superior officers and read her rights, The Washington Post reported. She said the only thing she told the officers was that she was a special security officer.

The next day, Ervin was told that her security clearance was being taken away, the Post said. She said she was sent to the Executive Transportation Office — a VIP parking center for the base — and told to wash and wax cars, pull weeds, clean the locker room and perform other menial tasks.

Ervin left the base as scheduled on Friday, Sept. 23; at home, she found an email from her supervisor at Leidos, telling her not to show up for work on Monday.

She said that she was fired from her job at Leidos, a government contractor, after someone from the Navy called her employer to say her clearance was suspended. Ervin told International Business Times on Dec. 22 that the company’s human resources department told her there was no work for her without a security clearance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This story errs in saying that Ervin was following quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest as the incident actually happened in September of 2016; a year ago. But many outlets are reporting this as if it just happened and linking it to the NFL protests.

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