News US Military Academy investigates black female cadets for 'Black Power' gesture in photo

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    The US Military Academy, commonly known as West Point, launched an inquiry into a group of 16 black, female cadets set to graduate after they posed in a traditional group photo raising their fists - a gesture historically associated with black resistance.

    The image prompted an investigation on 28 April to determine whether or not the women broke any rules, West Point spokesperson Lt Col Christopher Kasker said in a statement. Department of Defence guidelines prohibit soldiers and cadets from making political statements while in uniform or on military grounds.

    Criticism of the gesture flooded social media streams accusing the women of aligning themselves with the Black Lives Matter movement, which rose to public consciousness after the high profile killings of unarmed black men by police officers.

    Army Times, a weekly newspaper that serves active and retired US Armed Forces personnel, said that numerous readers sent in letters that the gesture was, in fact, in violation of the DOD guidelines.

    One critic cited by the weekly paper - white Iraq War veteran, former drill sergeant, and fitness blogger John Burk - said the women identified with “a group known for inflicting violent protest … calling for the deaths of police officers, and … white Americans" in a blog post on his fitness website.

    Mr Burk told the New York Times that because the fist-up gesture could cause offence, it breaks Army policy. “It’s not the fact that they are wrong for having their beliefs,” he said, “it’s the fact they did it while in uniform.”

    However, Mary Tobin, a 2003 West Point graduate and Iraq veteran, told the Times that the women were simply expressing solidarity with each other.

    “For them it’s not a sign of allegiance to a movement, it’s a sign that means unity and pride and sisterhood,” said Ms Tobin, who also serves as a mentor at West Point, and has spoken with some of the women in the picture. “That fist to them meant you and your sisters did what only a few people, male or female, have ever done in this country.”

    Indeed, the Times reported that the picture included 16 of the 17 black women enrolled in the class of 1,000 — or 1.7 per cent. West Point remains 70 per cent white and 80 per cent male.

    As a tradition, outgoing graduates of West Point pose in what is called an “Old Corps” photos, a mimicry of the historical group portraiture featuring cadets in traditional grey uniforms and holding sabres.

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    Look at the sign on the bottom left. * ger hall? Hope that's not what I think it says.
     
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    well...they sure are ugly. :dontknow:
     
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    now this shit is infesting the military. I hope they all get booted.
     
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    kick them all out! bad decision making does not a good officer make!
     
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    Black and Proud! I see nothing wrong here. Next!
     
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    Its the military. there is no room for race, no room for politics, you serve your country, nothing more.
     
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    If they broke a political statement rule, that's one thing, but I gotta lean towards what the female officer said in the story.

    I would also ask how the picture got out.
     
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    Its the blacklivesmatter thing, we all know it.
     
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    Get em out. This fucking bullshit doesn't belong in the military. Idiots.
     
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    It would be a shame if we invested so much in training them, they invested so much in getting through West Point and this fucks everything up for them.
     
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    if only...the same should go for all police departments, too, but sadly they see colors other than blue.
     
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    Yeah.....never been racism in the military? What say what!
     
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    I'm just saying what it should be, i know its not reality., but racism is not exclusive to any one race, all races have racists among them. Blacklivesmatter are racists.

    Just like the KKK
     
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    Why are all the black girls congregated together? Don't they have mixed classes? :wtf:

    And fuck all that black power shit. We start screaming White Power and they'll be after our heads.
     
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    I agree, but this is nothing to get in a huff over. Like I stated...next!
     
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    Its a message board this is what we do :jj:
     
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