As noted by Think Progress, the Maryland National Guard launched a bit of a bizarre Facebook post in an effort to recruit:
Just in case you can’t tell, that’s a picture of the Maryland National Guard during the Baltimore riots. This picture wasn’t the only one:
The message was published several different times with different photos of the National Guard in the city, including the one below in which a row of mostly white National Guard members stand in a line staring across a railing at residents, many of whom are African American.
Too soon and tone deaf are just two of the phrases that I am thinking right now. The post and the picture are a case of poor timing. I get it: you want to show the guard in action, and this seems like a good time to do so. But bragging about how the national guard is being used against citizens of a state – even rioting ones – sends a poor message that the military is needed in order to control a population. The timing is also terrible; government in Baltimore will be struggling, for years, to repair relations with their citizens. Having armed members of authority use the city’s struggles as a recruiting tool will only add fuel to the fire.
In other words: don’t feel the need to take advantage of a crisis.