He is the team's sniper, possessing genetic mutations that give him exceptional eyesight. “They saw ‘SS’ and associated it with ‘scout sniper’ rather than the Nazis.” Although it was banned in 2012, the use of symbol still persists among Marines snipers, the New York Times reported. Scout Sniper Tattoo – July 10, 2020. The Marines Corps issued a statement condemning the use of the symbol and promised to investigate the incident. He said the organization and its local Walla Walla clients needed to see the new design, know when he would have the alteration made and witness action taken against those who allowed the tattoo in the first place, specifically the police chief. You are aware that there are many people, places and things that use the abbreviation SS right? After the organization and several community members did not get a response to their initial concerns about the tattoo, a protest was planned last month, but the event was flooded with supporters of local law enforcement instead. The hourlong protest is a prelude leading right up to Wednesday’s 6:30 p.m. Council meeting as a message over the double lightning bolt “SS” tattoo on officer Nat Small, a former Marine whose “Scout Sniper” memorial tattoo uses the same symbolism for Nazi white supremacy. Hes a retired Marine. Steam Ship, Social Security etc etc etc. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a private nonprofit civil rights advocacy organization, in June threatened a federal lawsuit against the Walla Walla Police Department and others responsible if one of three things didn’t happen: removal of the tattoo, alteration of the tattoo or removal of the officer from duty. The double lightning bolt was the unofficial symbol of Marine scout snipers. Scout Sniper Tattoo – July 10, 2020. In 2010, members of a US Marines sniper team in Afghanistan posed for a photo in front of a flag featuring the SS symbol. These are the guys who are now the generals and admirals condoning all this shit. All rights reserved. For those reasons, I have decided to alter my tattoo to eliminate the ‘Double S’ portion.’”, The city of Walla Walla stated in its release that it appreciated Small’s “sensitivity to the concerns raised by members of the community, and welcomed his decision to change his tattoo to better uphold the trust residents place in him as an officer in the Walla Walla Police Department.”. Instead, the tattoo is described as a symbol that “embodies a combination of sorrow, guilt and perspective, earned in combat.” (An editor’s note has since been added to the article, explaining the controversial nature of the tattoo.). “We regret the fact Officer Small’s tattoo has contributed to divisions within the community, and we hope his decision to change it will help to unite — rather than untie — us,” he said in the release. His sniper unit in Afghanistan adopted the insignia until the military brass shut it down in 2012. Please. “My actions are my actions alone, and not out of fear of repercussions, but rather in an honest effort to bring healing and unity to the community that I serve, in a time of great division … I have seen my community divided, with good people on both sides of the aisle,” he wrote in his letter. Nat Small should be required to wear a Short-Sleeve shirt while on duty to identify himself as a HATER in the community. Emily Thornton, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, A Washington town is protesting its police department over a Marine veteran's 'Scout Sniper' tattoo, The US military is losing the sniper war against Russia, View Emily Thornton, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin's articles. Prior to my employment as a peace officer, I served as a Scout Sniper in the United States Marine Corps. There’s only one person that walked the face of the earth that was perfect.”. Scout/Snipers are the same, some would get a tattoo with a reticle and SS in it or around it with the words “Kopfjäger”, the German word for headhunter perhaps attached to it, or something associated with skulls. (Not sure if as a joke, being insensitive, or just negligence) No one uses it anymore. They started using that tattoo in the 80’s until a few years ago. Small added that he reached the decision on his own and that he wasn’t pressured to remove the tattoo by the Walla Walla Police Department (WWPD) or the Washington city. The same stylized double rune was the symbol of the SS, the Nazi organization that was instrumental in … Friend sends me a picture of Nat Small, officer with the Walla Walla Police Department, and tattoo aficionado pic.twitter.com/2H8aRzv0JU, “We are aware officer Small has a tattoo in honor of his deceased fellow Marine scout sniper, Claudio Patino IV,” the force said in its now-deleted statement. As arts communities around the world experience a time of challenge and change, accessible, independent reporting on these developments is more important than ever. Just a question and an observation. One of those residents is Elyse Semerdjian, a Professor of Islamic World and Middle East History at Whitman College, who shared a letter she sent to city officials with Hyperallergic. Bishara is a recipient of the 2019 Andy Warhol Foundation and Creative Capital... On June 4, 2020, a picture of me in a short sleeve shirt began circulating on social media referencing a tattoo that, I admit without context could be construed in ways never intended. “And when I became a police officer over 35 years ago, I did not give up my First Amendment right and neither did Nat Small.”, He also said, “I’m not going to lie to anybody and say we are perfect. “There is simply no excuse available for Officer Nat Small to continue to sport this shockingly evil Nazi SS symbology on his left forearm,” Michael Weinstein, the founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said in a statement. He added he would discuss the matter more in today’s 6:30 p.m. virtual town hall set by City Council. Are you folks really going after a Marine because of a tattoo? The tattoo on my forearm was an early and heartfelt memorial to my teammate. You are aware that there are many people, places and things that use the abbreviation SS right? “We need to put an end to this debate now because an SS tattoo should not be a debate, not anywhere,” Semerdjian, who also heads the Syrian Studies Association, wrote in her letter. You're about a half century too late to the party to pull that. The Champ Stamp is a community-created promotional cosmetic item for the Scout, Heavy, Engineer and Sniper. “Small, 31, is a former Marine scout sniper who served in Afghanistan in the early part of the last decade. “The two S’s under the rest of the tattoo is a recognition of both officer Small’s and Cpl. The Marine Corps on Thursday once again did damage control after a photograph surfaced of a sniper team in Afghanistan posing in front of … It looks like an Nazi SS tattoo. From New York to HUSAYBAH . “My actions are my actions alone, and not out of fear of repercussions, but rather in an honest effort to bring healing and unity to the community that I serve, in a time of great division,” he said. A Walla Walla police officer’s tattoo for a Marine scout sniper is drawing controversy. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a group that was vocal against the Nazi flag incident in 2010, is now threatening to file a lawsuit against the city of Walla Walla and its police department unless they take action to address Small’s tattoo. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. This item was awarded in Genuine quality to players who pre-purchased Sleeping Dogs on Steam before August 14, 2012, and August 17, 2012 in Europe. Hakim Bishara is a staff writer for Hyperallergic. Aug 6, 2014 - Explore Tristin Hedrick's board "USMC snipers" on Pinterest. See more ideas about usmc, sniper, military. The only font he could possibly chose is the Nazi SS model??? Small combined the symbol with a picture of brass knuckles and the name of Claudio Patino IV, according to an article in Stars and Stripes. The group’s spokesman, Michael Weinstein, also called for Police Chief Scott Bieber to be fired for wrongful exercise of his authority and wrongdoing in his response to the outcry surrounding the tattoo. My personal intent was nothing more than to honor my fallen teammate, with what was a common symbol within the Scout Sniper community at the time. I regret that I have been an unwitting cause of division in the community that I seek to serve. Speaking with the local newspaper the Union-Bulletin, Small said that he understands the concerns but called the accusations against him “unfounded.”. As a former Marine, and an American I can tell you that the massive historical illiteracy prevalent in the US is detrimental and infectious in all aspect of American life. © 2021 Brookline Media. The double lightning bolt SS tattoo was informally adopted by some members of the elite group. Become a member today ». My tattoo was inked in 2010, and I was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 2011, prior to the public outcry in 2012. The tattoo features brass knuckles on top of two black lightning bolts that look like the symbol for the SS, or Schutzstaffel, which was a Nazi organization responsible for killing millions of Jews during the Holocaust. “If anybody here is from the paper, I know it’s after 5 o’clock, so I’m on my own time,” he said. Support Hyperallergic’s independent arts journalism. The protest is in response to the double lightning bolt “SS” tattoo on officer Nat Small, a former Marine whose “Scout Sniper” memorial tattoo uses the … Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service. The controversy broke on June 4, when images of Small’s tattoo emerged on social media. In the letter Wednesday released by the city, available in full online at ubne.ws/officersmall, Small said he will alter his tattoo, which features brass knuckles over the double S and includes the name of his fallen comrade killed in 2010 in Afghanistan. Marines got tattoos of it back in the days until the chain of command 'discouraged' it. Read next: The US military is losing the sniper war against Russia, Emily Thornton, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin sniper, warrior, teacher. For those reasons, I have decided to alter my tattoo to eliminate the ‘Double S’ portion.”. Small said in the letter Wednesday that in his younger years he “might have done anything to keep” the ink and “would have let pride interfere with” his success. I’m not saying that we should necessarily believe anything they say, but it seems obvious that the article should at least clearly present their claim. “The … Actually the first Marine who got that tattoo was a Marine Sergeant that attended the same Scout/Sniper Advance course that Sgt Hunt did, he sent us a picture of it back in the spring of 2001 from Camp Lejeune. What is the official emblem of the Marine Corps? 0351 was his MOS and the SS stands for scout sniper. ©2020 Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (Walla Walla, Wash.). On Wednesday, June 24, WWPD Chief Scott Bieber spoke at a rally in support of Small, organized by local right-wing groups. The Association was started in 1998, and received its IRS ruling as a 501(c)(19) Veterans’ Organization in 2004. That SS logo dates back to the 1980's. His decision — which he stated in the letter was made without pressure from the city or his superiors — was not enough for everyone originally concerned about the symbolism of the design, however. EDITOR’S NOTE: The use of the double lightning bolt logo, like the one in the tattoo depicted with this story, by Marine Scout Snipers was an … “Neighbors have turned against each other and people are refusing to do business with those whose opinions differ. But it has also been highly criticized as the same Schutzstaffel symbol used by the Nazi Party and now neo-Nazis. But after receiving a torrent of critical comments on the post, the WWPD deactivated its Facebook and Twitter accounts. This morning, Bieber told the U-B he wasn’t aware of any communication from the foundation. The article highlights Small’s tattoo but fails to address the Nazi history of the insignia it’s based on. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Hyperallergic is a forum for serious, playful, and radical thinking about art in the world today. The hourlong protest is a prelude leading right up to Wednesday’s 6:30 p.m. Council meeting as a message over the double lightning bolt “SS” tattoo on officer Nat Small, a former Marine whose “Scout Sniper” memorial tattoo uses the same symbolism for Nazi white supremacy. “At the city of Walla Walla and the Walla Walla Police Department, we do not tolerate or condone racism or anti-Semitism of any kind.”, The article highlights Small’s tattoo but fails to address the Nazi history of the insignia it’s based on. #BlackLivesMatter #ACAB pic.twitter.com/qySUFgAEpe. The Eagle, Globe, and Anchor What is the significance of each the pieces of the Marine Corps emblem? Really? When he covers his tattoo on the job, but ventures to the store, off duty and in short sleeves, the man in line behind him at the store is far more likely to see a Nazi than a Scout Sniper… Cause they're idiots! He is also a co-director at Soloway Gallery, an artist-run space in Brooklyn. The S’s beneath was a reference to our service as Scout Snipers. He knew exactly what he was doing, he’s not a 10 year old. The item consists of tattoos in the style of a Chinese dragon, accompanied by bracelets and various other trinkets. Nathan Small is the officer who sports the tattoo, a relic of his service in the US Marines. “When I became a police officer over 35 years ago I did not give up my first amendment right and neither did Nat Small,” Bieber said in front of hundreds of protesters. Small’s use of the Nazi symbol is not an isolated incident. Are you folks really going after a Marine because of a tattoo? The Champ Stamp is a community-created promotional cosmetic item for the Scout, Heavy, Engineer and Sniper.The item consists of tattoos in the style of a Chinese dragon, accompanied by bracelets and various other trinkets. Weinstein said his organization has clients representing various Jewish, LGBTQ, people of color and related communities in Walla Walla who expressed disappointment “that the city allowed this issue to go on so long and especially the role of the Police Department headed by the blatantly incompetent police chief, Scott Bieber.”. WALLA WALLA, Wa — Walla Walla Police Department Officer Nat Small has written the following statement regarding his tattoo: My name is Nat Small, and I have been a … “We are aware officer Small has a tattoo in honor of his deceased fellow Marine scout sniper, Claudio Patino IV,” the force said in its now- deleted statement. They adopted the SS logo for 'scout sniper.' It has been part of the unit’s history since at least 2004, according to the Marine Times. The Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) is currently considered a secondary MOS, meaning it is not open to new recruits. Founded in 2009, Hyperallergic is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. YMMV. The tattoo combines a brass knuckles and the name of Small’s fellow Marines Claudio Patino IV, who died in battle in 2010 during their service together in Afghanistan. Sorry dude. In 2012 it was denounced by the Marine Corps. “At one point, the tattoo on my arm was so important to me, that in my young mind, I would have done anything to keep it,” Small said in a statement. 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This symbol came to fruition in a cube at Scout/Sniper Instructor School Quantico, Virginia; in the spring of 2001. Walla Walla police Officer Nat Small announced Wednesday he will alter his tattoo to remove the double S portion, the... By Emily Thornton, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Leaders of the Walla Walla local synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, have also criticized the WWPD for its inaction. The facts and history of the tattoo matter.”. Spelling Skout Sniper with a “k”, like in KKK? Officer Small, a Marine Corps veteran, said the “SS” stands for “Scout Sniper,” and the tattoo is a tribute to his fallen comrade and friend in the unit. But I stepped outside of the basement and got some perspective on the world. “They didn’t realize that they were associating themselves with something that was racist, fascist,” a Marines spokesman told Reuters at the time. He also said he didn’t make the decision to alter the tattoo to “avoid punishment or financial losses.”. “I don’t think an explanation is going to help some people,” he said. By Buck Sexton. You'd expect a force commonly derided as a "Chair Force" to rank pretty high on a list of U.S. service... Members of the “Fighting Blacklions” strike fighter squadron... Medal of Honor recipient Marine Cpl. Just a question and an observation. Ultimately, Weinstein said, his organization and clients in Walla Walla want Bieber fired for both misfeasance and malfeasance for his actions. Racists and bigots always become indignant when called out for their racism and bigotry. Officer Small, a Marine Corps veteran, said the “SS” stands for “Scout Sniper,” and the tattoo is a tribute to his fallen comrade and friend in the unit. Patino’s status as scout snipers while in the Corps.”, “Understanding that some people might incorrectly infer otherwise from the tattoo if it were visible, officer Small wears and has always worn a long-sleeved shirt while on duty,” the statement said. A follow-up statement from the city of Walla Walla welcomed Small’s decision and praised the officer’s “sensitivity to the concerns raised by members of our community.”. “The WWPD’s response has been reactionary and defensive, eroding the trust of our community,” a statement by the synagogue reads. In the past few years, local law enforcement organizations have granted Small a number of distinctions. Jonathan Peters is on Facebook. Aug 6, 2014 - Explore Tristin Hedrick's board "USMC snipers" on Pinterest. A Marine Corps Scout Sniper (MOS 0317) is a historical and highly desired position within the U.S. Marines. Kyle Carpenter... Get the latest in military news, entertainment and gear in your inbox daily. The protesters held signs in support of Small and the police and chanted “Keep the tattoo.”, Walla Walla, Washington: hundreds of people came out to support a local cop with an SS tattoo. A US Marine scout sniper unit in Afghanistan posed for a photo in front of a flag resembling the logo of the Nazi SS, the Marine Corps says. He escaped the dangers of life in the streets of the Bronx only to battle for his life in Iraq during two combat tours as a Marine scout sniper. In February of 2019, the Walla Walla Crime Watch, a volunteer-based local organizer, awarded Small the “2018 officer of the year” award for his “stellar performance at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy – bringing home every award given and in doing so ‘Returning to WWPD with Honor.’” Small’s supporters also herald him as a war hero; he was awarded the United States Armed Forces Bronze Star with a “V” device for his service in Afghanistan during 2010. I have even seen some HOG’s get branded with a hot piece of hand-made wire and heated with the SS lightning bolt brand. It looks like a scout sniper tattoo. In a small city in Washington, a story about a police officer who was photographed wearing a Nazi tattoo on his forearm has rattled the local community. I have a friend who is a retired sergeant major who taught scout/sniper skills. Its only single stage. Scout Snipers receive specialized marksman training at the Marine Corps Scout Sniper School. Members of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which threatened a lawsuit several weeks ago when alerted to the tattoo, said they may still file a federal suit if Small doesn’t disclose how he plans to alter the tattoo and when. Why are these snipers claiming to use the SS symbol? I have even seen some HOG’s get branded with a hot piece of hand-made wire and heated with the SS lightning bolt brand. Playing the victim by claiming their First Amendment right is being thwarted because a deliberately chosen symbol “means something different to me.” Wrong: like the confederate flag, SS bolts do not mean anything other than what they are just because you said so. Jason Delgado is an accomplished Marine scout sniper, entrepreneur, tattoo artist, podcast host, and father. Instead, the tattoo is described as a symbol that “embodies a combination of sorrow, guilt and perspective, earned in combat.” (An editor’s note has since been added to the article, explaining the controversial nature of the tattoo. View Quote View All Quotes. I call BS. More by Hakim Bishara. Walla Walla police Officer Nat Small announced Wednesday he will alter his tattoo to remove the double S portion, the Scout Sniper memorial he has worn since 2010 that has been under recent community fire as a symbol of neo-Nazism. On June 4, 2020, a picture of me in a short sleeve shirt began circulating on social media referencing a tattoo that, I admit without context could be construed in ways never intended. “We don’t answer to Mr. Weinsten, and that’s all I have to say,” Bieber said. Scout/Snipers are the same, some would get a tattoo with a reticle and SS in it or around it with the words “ Kopfjäger ”, the German word for headhunter perhaps attached to it, or something associated with skulls. Back in the 90’s he told me the most worthless commie asses he ever saw in uniform were the officers being promoted and fast tracked under Clinton. Bieber gave a short speech to his crowd of supporters that June 24 evening. July 09, 2020. A US Marine scout sniper unit in Afghanistan posed for a photo in front of a flag resembling the logo of the Nazi SS, the Marine Corps says. Join Facebook to connect with Jonathan Peters and others you may know. See more ideas about usmc, sniper, military. Weinstein said in an email after Small’s announcement that his organization had not decided yet to pull the plug on their planned federal lawsuit but “guardedly commends Walla Walla police Officer Nat Small for his just-announced decision to remove the hideous Nazi SS symbol from the prominent tattoo on his left forearm.”. “Officer Small says that the tattoo means something else to him personally, but no one gets that creative license with a symbol of hate responsible for the death of six million Jews and millions more. Originally Posted By joshdb50: Originally Posted By Jerret_S: That looks like a skinhead tattoo 100%, if I didnt know the back story. My personal intent was nothing more than to honor my fallen teammate, with what was a common symbol within the Scout Sniper community at the time. In an article published by The Guardian in 2012, Lieutenant Colonel Stewart Upton said “Use of the SS symbol is not acceptable.” The ignorance is a point of pride, just as the cruelty is the point of the current administration’s right wing extremism. Additional details about the situation, including the city’s policy on employee tattoos and background information regarding Small’s service with the Walla Walla Police Department, also will be discussed. Viral photos show Nat Small, a police officer in Walla Walla and former US Marine scout sniper, with a tattoo featuring the double lightning bolt symbol associated with the Nazi SS corps (Schutzstaffel). “We regret the fact Officer Small’s tattoo has contributed to divisions within the community, and we hope his decision to change it will help to unite — rather than untie — us,” Walla Walla Mayor Tom Scribner added. The double sig runes (SS) in its “Armanen” form has been used to symbolize the function of Scout Snipers since the end of the Vietnam War, and its use is both well documented and verifiable. Gen. Amos did a review of the regs and had the unit specifically ban this flag and others like it. The Walla Walla City Council declined to comment but has scheduled a series of town hall meetings to address law enforcement issues in the city in response to the controversy. “At the city of Walla Walla and the Walla Walla Police Department, we do not tolerate or condone racism or anti-Semitism of any kind.”, In addition, the WWPD shared a 2012 interview with Small on the military journal Stars and Stripes. While it recognized that the symbol is associated with Nazi Germany, the department claimed that it was “not the intent or denotation of the tattoo on Officer Small’s arm.”. Related: A Washington town is protesting its police department over a Marine veteran's 'Scout Sniper' tattoo. Walla Walla Mayor Tom Scribner also chimed in. If a Scout Sniper tattoo offends you and others I would suggest a gut check of your intestinal fortatude and get some thick skin once again dictating what is … The Walla Walla metro area leans conservative; however, a group of concerned local residents continues to push for measures against Small ahead of the planned town hall meetings. The “SS” Schutzstaffel has a history of Nazi anti-Semitism and white supremacy. In an initial statement on Facebook, the Walla Walla Police Department (WWPD) defended Small and provided an alternative explanation to his tattoo. In February 2012, U.S. media reported that Marine scout snipers had been using the double Sig rune (ϟϟ, "SS") in its " Armanen " form () to symbolize their function since at least the 1980s. Prior to my employment as a peace officer, I served as a Scout Sniper in the United States Marine Corps. 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