Hudson Community Television
A military veteran’s microphone was intentionally cut off as he gave a moving speech acknowledging the role of black Americans in creating the Memorial Day holiday – and people are rightly outraged.
The Ohio American Legion is upset with the way the retired Lt. Col. from the military. Barnard kemter was treated during his speech Monday at a Memorial Day ceremony at an Ohio cemetery.
Kemter was roughly halfway through his speech when he began to discuss how freed black slaves were involved in an early event honoring the Civil War dead.
At that point his microphone was muted and he tapped it and asked to be turned back on … but that did not happen. The lieutenant colonel fed without the microphone, and he delivered his message on black history.
Kemter says he initially thought it was a problem, but later learned that the organizers had done it intentionally because he refused to change his speech. According to organizers, Kemter’s discussion of black history “was irrelevant to our agenda for the day.”
The vet says he’s disappointed they chose to censor him, and the Ohio American Legion has their backs. The organization wants the organizers of the event that cut Kemter’s microphone to resign … and they have also warned of disciplinary action.
Honestly, the disrespect for Lt. Col. Kemter reminds us of that classic “Forrest Gump” scene where his mic was cut off while talking about the Vietnam War.
While the “Gump” scene was fun in the movie, no one laughs at what happened to Kemter.
And that’s all we have to say about it.
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