Occasionally, people in minority groups do this for…various reasons that don’t make any sense to anyone, least of all those of us from the group.
That does not, however, negate the fact that these things do actually happen and are in the VAST majority of cases not perpetrated by the victims themselves. This is the same as trying to redirect attention from sexual assault and rape by claiming “Well, sometimes people falsely report rape!” Sure, sometimes people do, and they should be held responsible for their actions. Just like this cadet should be held responsible for his really, really poor choices.
But I think it’s even more telling that people like to jump straight to that before anything leans one way or the other, or that people like to believe that it doesn’t happen at all, or - even worse - that people jump straight to minimizing racist slurs or sexist jokes as just “locker room talk” or “part of the culture” and people who are hurt by words that are deliberately intended to minimize and discriminate against people as “snowflakes”. That’s like saying if I kick you in the groin and it hurts, you’re a “snowflake,” even though I deliberately did something to hurt you. On purpose.
Why is it that other people’s ability to laugh and joke without guilt is deemed more important than my right to be treated like an equal human being?