Black People Politics : Black West Point cadets under scrutiny for raised fists in photo

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    (CNN)It's a time-honored tradition at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York -- graduating seniors in small groups don their ceremonial high-collared uniforms and pose for a photo in front of historic Nininger Hall.
    Their poses are typically stern and stoic, mimicking sepia-toned editions that date back to the 1800s.


    They do not typically raise a clenched fist in the air.
    So when a photo of 16 female, African-American cadets making the gesture was posted online last month, it raised eyebrows at the elite training academy, which produces many of the nation's future military leaders.

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    Raised-fist photo of cadets sparks inquiry

    The U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, has launched an inquiry into an image that shows 16 black, female cadets in uniform with their fists raised.
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    THE ONLINE backlash against 16 black female West Point cadets who took a raised-fist photo in uniform is a fascinating study on race and politics in America.

    The picture has led to a U.S. Military Academy probe on whether the raised-fist gesture represents banned political activity. It has sparked a debate on the loyalty of the cadets. But most of all, it's forced us to consider what it means to be black.

    Perhaps that's because so many Americans believe blackness is something to be ashamed of. And for those Americans, the very idea that blacks would openly embrace who we are seems ridiculous.

    So when we hoist a fist to say black is beautiful, or wear natural hair in a corporate environment, or speak our truth above a whisper, such actions are viewed as a political statement against whites.


    Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/opinio...le_West_Point_cadets.html#fHGrERtySZQlV86F.99

    Jones: Black pride evident in photo of female West Point cadets

    THE ONLINE backlash against 16 black female West Point cadets who took a raised-fist photo in uniform is a fascinating study on race and politics in America.
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    Thanks for posting, James. This is a good article. The author makes an excellent point. And, I didn't know that John Carlos and his family suffered so much backlash for the show of Black Pride at the Olympics. I never heard that part of the story at all. It's a shame.
     
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    West Point Clears Cadets Who Raised Fists in Controversial Photo

    The black female West Point cadets who took a photo with hands raised in fists — provoking questions about whether it was a political statement — were cleared Tuesday following a probe by the academy.

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    West Point Clears Cadets Who Raised Fists in Photo

    The 16 cadets — members of the U.S. Military Academy's Class of 2016 — did not violate any code of conduct regulations, the inquiry found.
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    Truth be told, these sisters don't owe anyone an explanation, and there might not BE any explanation. As you posted the pic of Bernie Sanders with his clench fist raised... No one is riding Sanders. In general, the clenched, raised fist has simply meant Black Pride. Tell these folks "Paranoia will destroy ya". JMO
     
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    There's a time and place for everything. What did they hope to accomplish with this?
     
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    I'm sure it wasn't anything sinister. My guess would be that some sisters who went through a lot of hardships together wanted to commemorate the day of their graduation in a picture for a keepsake.
     
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    Black women at West Point caught up in photo controversy


    ... West Point officials decided last week that the photo was not politically motivated and no punishment was warranted. Still, that outcome left some black female graduates confused: Why would anyone see controversy in how those 16 women celebrated their experience in the Long Gray Line? ...


    https://www.yahoo.com/news/black-women-west-point-caught-photo-controversy-071139333.html

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    In this photo taken May 13, 2016, Mary Tobin, wearing her West Point class ring, poses for picture in Washington, Friday, May 13, 2016. Self-expression is hardly a part of life for cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point.Tobin, who has mentored other black women cadets since graduating in 2003, said the experience is one rarely discussed publicly. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)


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