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West Point cadets' raised-fist photo sparks investigation

Discussion in 'Military News' started by kwflatbed, May 10, 2016.

  1. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

  2. k12kop

    k12kop MassCops Member

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  3. FAPD

    FAPD MassCops Member

    Move on....get over it, who gives a rats ass?
  4. Renegade 4

    Renegade 4 DDO-JSIOC

    "Today marks my final roll call with you. But I want you to know that when I cross the river, my last conscious thoughts will be of the Corps, and the Corps, and the Corps." - General Douglas MacArthur
  5. Inspector71

    Inspector71 Duke of Campus Police

    "Dugout Doug" was a decent General, but too much a politician and diva when compared to Patton, Ike or George C
    These cadets earned the right to express some "cultural comradery". If the Army wants to push it, they'll be dealt a PR blow!
    Let it go.jpg
  6. JD02124

    JD02124 Supporting Member

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  7. mpd61

    mpd61 Retired Fed, Active Special

    Aren't they cute?
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  8. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    No punishment for 16 West Point cadets in raised-fist photo
    Published May 11, 2016
    Associated Press
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    FILE- This undated file image obtained from Twitter on Saturday, May 7, 2016 shows 16 black, female cadets in uniform with their fists raised while posing for a photograph at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. (AP)

    NEW YORK – Sixteen black West Point cadets who posed with raised fists for a pre-graduation picture that sparked debates on race and proper behavior in uniform won't be punished for the gesture, the U.S. Military Academy said Tuesday.

    The decision, less than two weeks before the 16 female seniors are poised to graduate, found they didn't violate military rules limiting political activity.

    An internal inquiry found the cadets didn't plan to make a political statement, West Point's superintendent, Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., said in a letter to the student body.

    But, he said, they showed "a lapse of awareness in how symbols and gestures can be misinterpreted and cause division," and they will receive instruction to address "their intent versus the impact of the photo."

    The fists-up image, which circulated online, led some observers to question whether the women were expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement, which grew out of protests over police killings of unarmed black men.

    But the inquiry found the picture, among several the women made in keeping with an informal campus tradition, captured a spur-of-the-moment gesture intended to demonstrate unity and pride in graduating, Caslen wrote. Groups of cadets often take Old Corps pictures in traditional dress uniforms to echo historical portraits.

    A raised fist has symbolized political resistance for generations, from Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison in 1990 to Democratic Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on the presidential campaign trail this year. It was used by black power advocates in the 1960s, including by two American sprinters during a medal ceremony at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games, and more recently by activists for the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Some observers suggested the women were improperly identifying with the movement while in uniform.

    No punishment for 16 West Point cadets in raised-fist photo | Fox News
  9. Kilvinsky

    Kilvinsky I think, therefore I'll never be promoted.

    I'm sorry, I came to the party late. What was all the fuss about and who was it that gave a shit?
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  10. Truck

    Truck MassCops Member

    So a group of white cadets from the south could pose with a confederate flag and not face any discipline, sure they could.
    Last edited: May 11, 2016
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  11. k12kop

    k12kop MassCops Member

    ........But if they are holding that flag while enroute to a toga party then what?
  12. Fuzzywuzzy

    Fuzzywuzzy MassCops Member

    "16 black, female cadets"
    I'm not saying who but there was a deafening noise of bodies turning over in their graves on that statement alone.

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