Oh yeah, nothing troubling about that.
Courtesy of Time:
After a photo surfaced of West Virginia correction officer trainees giving what appears to be the Nazi salute, state officials quickly suspended some employees and the governor ordered the firing of those involved.
The image, showing more than two dozen trainees with their arms raised and faces blurred, was released Thursday by the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. A line of text reading “Hail Byrd” tops the picture, which an agency spokesman said was a reference to the trainees’ instructor.
Before the photo was made public, the agency’s secretary, Jeff Sandy, released a memo describing the image of Basic Training Class Number 18 as “distasteful, hurtful, disturbing, highly insensitive, and completely inappropriate.” He wrote that the picture “betrays the professionalism I have seen time and time again displayed and practiced by our brave correctional employees.”
Republican Gov. Jim Justice issued a statement condemning the photo and ordering the firing of the people involved.
I think we can rest assured that if an entire class of trainees offered that salute that racism is likely deeply embedded throughout the West Virginia prison system.
If I were the governor I would launch an investigation to revisit prisoner complaints and try to determine if there were racially motivated abuses going on.
Unless of course, the Governor is afraid to find that out.