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Arkansas teen rejected by Marines for 'Southern Pride' Confederate flag tattoo

Arkansas teen rejected by Marines for 'Southern Pride' Confederate flag tattoo

BY David Boroff for New York Daily News

An Arkansas teen said he was turned down by the Marines because of his "Southern Pride" Confederate flag tattoo.

Anthony Bauswell, 18, of Greenbrier, Ark., said as soon as the recruiter saw the body art on Monday, he said "DQ, just automatically DQ," according to KARK.

"I felt pretty low," Bauswell told the station. "My own government wasn't going to let me serve my country because of the ink on my skin."

The Daily News was referred to the Marines Corps Recruiting Command, which could not immediately be reached for comment. However, the Corps' tattoo policy states that body art that is "sexist, racist, eccentric or offensive in nature" is not allowed.

"I definitely don't want it to be seen as racism, which is 99% of the reason I got southern pride on it," Bauswell told KARK.

According to a CNN/ORC poll this summer, 57% of Americans feel the Confederate flag is a symbol of Southern pride rather than a symbol of racism. However, 72% of blacks polled said the flag is racist.

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