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    16 Female Westpoint Cadets Under Investigation For Black Power Salute


    The United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. has launched an inquiry into an image shared on social media that shows 16 black, female cadets in uniform with their fists raised. The image has sparked questions about whether it violates restrictions on political activity.

    (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.

    The photo circulated among students over social media, said a student and a school representative who asked to remain anonymous because cadets are not allowed to speak to the media. Soon, it grew into an on-campus controversy -- a potential break in the taboo against advocacy by military personnel.....

    Black West Point cadets face scrutiny for raised fists - CNN.com

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    I blame the cameraman for encouraging them or suggesting it.

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    Bullshit, no problem at all- they have a right to be proud. Charge dismissed,

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    Agree.^

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    I can't help but think this isn't so much about civil rights as it is about individual accomplishment. Yes, it's still the "Black Power" symbol but in this scenario I see it as a positive. They're saying, "Look at what is possible if you apply yourself". Not the same thing as the two black guys at the 1968 Olympics who were trying to draw attention to the plight of black Americans in the 60s.

    Just my humble opinion.

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    Also agree^.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    I blame the cameraman for encouraging them or suggesting it.

    thats right, never blame those who actually did it. its always someone else's fault.

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    Proud black people. Got no problem with that.

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    Again with the duel standards, one for whites, one for blacks.
    If they were white cadets doing a Nazi, white power salute, they would be calling for their blood.

    You can't have it both ways, if one group can use a black power salute, then everyone should have the same right, white, gay, Hispanic, native or Muslim.

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    ^There's always one......

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    I concur ^^

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    Is it only a "Black Power" salute when black people do it?





    Surely black people are allowed to be show their happiness too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamescollister View Post
    If they were white cadets doing a Nazi, white power salute, they would be calling for their blood.
    Quite right too given nazis history of gassing jews and the KKK's history of lynching blacks. I don't recall reading about US blacks building gas chambers or lynching white people

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamescollister View Post
    Again with the duel standards, one for whites, one for blacks.
    If they were white cadets doing a Nazi, white power salute, they would be calling for their blood.

    You can't have it both ways, if one group can use a black power salute, then everyone should have the same right, white, gay, Hispanic, native or Muslim.
    You've lost your marbles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Bullshit, no problem at all- they have a right to be proud. Charge dismissed,
    How is that a gesture of pride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamescollister View Post
    Again with the duel standards, one for whites, one for blacks.
    If they were white cadets doing a Nazi, white power salute, they would be calling for their blood.

    You can't have it both ways, if one group can use a black power salute, then everyone should have the same right, white, gay, Hispanic, native or Muslim.
    They are showing great contempt and disrespect for the great white western corporate supremacy. And especially at West Point where the leaders of the white corporate supremacy are groomed.

    The should be expelled and forced to work the rest of their lives as cleaning ladies a Wallmart and other corporate megalopolis.

    Or better yet have Obama step in, exonerate the whole group, give them all generals commissions and put in charge of the Pentagon, where they actually might do some good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    Quote: Originally Posted by jamescollister View Post Again with the duel standards, one for whites, one for blacks. If they were white cadets doing a Nazi, white power salute, they would be calling for their blood. You can't have it both ways, if one group can use a black power salute, then everyone should have the same right, white, gay, Hispanic, native or Muslim. You've lost your marbles.
    He sees logic where it doesn't exist.

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    If it had been a group of white female cadets in exactly the same pose, it would have been viewed as an expression of pride in their accomplishment, which is significant, and nothing else.

    Fucking idiots want to bring race into everything.

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    Wouldn't want to challenge the very white American military establishment, would we?

    Good for them, anyway.


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    Black power salutes-





    Only in America. Sigh.

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    One finger salute is best

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    Blown out of proportion hog wash, good on'em I say.

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    Wannabes.


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    ^^It was only in 1980 that the first women graduated from West Point.

    They should certainly be allowed an expression of pride in their accomplishment.

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    in these hypersensitive times, where any opinion or gesture can be open to myriad interpretations, those in the public eye should be careful of not inflaming the sensitivities of others.

    whites have to be very careful these days so as not to offend the sensitivities of non whites or those of different religious persuasions, it is incumbent on non whites to show the same degree of courtesy, and if they fail to do so, can expect to be caught up in a media and facebook driven
    storm of nonsense.

    it is a sad reflection of the times we live in.

    i believe these girls could have, if they so desired, easily found another way of expressing their joy, but purposely chose to attract attention to themselves in this way and cause some offence to the overtly sensitive, not a great offence by any means, but they knew what they were doing.

    it is interesting to note that for those supposedly expressing joy at achievement, their faces (all except one) display sullen and brooding aggression.
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