The U.S. Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) has removed a cadet from her unit at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte for posting anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi and other racist messages on social media.
“I actually don’t give a s*** about Jews getting shot up except insofar as it’s going to make it a lot harder for a lot of white people to just exist,” tweeted Martha Gerdes on Oct. 28, 2018, a day after 11 people were killed at the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue in Pittsburgh—the deadliest attack in U.S. Jewish history.
“Cadet Martha Gerdes of UNC Charlotte was investigated by the United States Army Cadet Command for online behavior that is not consistent with the Army values,” Maj. Robert Carter, chief of public affairs at the Army Cadet Command, told Army Times, which first reported her dismissal. “During the investigation Cadet Gerdes admitted to posting anti-Semitic, racist and ant-LBGTQIA statements on her Twitter account ‘@femanon.’ ”
A Twitter account called “U.S. Army WTF! Moments” spotted her posts and notified Army ROTC in November, reported Army Times.
Here we have CSR Martha Geddes, who is not only a @DavidsonCollege @ArmyROTC cadet but also likes to tweet about her fondness for Nazis @TRADOC @CG_ArmyROTC. H/t @JRMoockjr and credit @WorkersCarolina for the pics pic.twitter.com/1wmKI638fo— U.S Army WTF! Moments (@TheWTFNation) November 8, 2018
Gerdes was expelled at the beginning of the academic year from Davidson College, also in North Carolina, over the same allegations.
“She was enrolled at Davidson and transferred to UNC Charlotte. She has been notified by official memorandum that she is to be dis-enrolled from ROTC,” Carter told Army Times. “This is a final administrative action that must be taken to ensure she cannot return to any of our programs in the future.”
It is currently unknown if she will be expelled from UNC-Charlotte.