When this photo of 16 black female cadets hit the web, it immediately went viral.
Seeing the ladies in uniform with their fists raised was a sight to behold. But apparently, that very image has led the U.S. Army to launch and investigation against them.
“We can confirm that the cadets in this photo are members of the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2016,” Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker, West Point’s director of public affairs, said in a statement. “Academy officials are conducting an inquiry into the matter.”
Many in the military community accused the women of making a political statement in line with the Black Lives Matter movement while wearing uniform. If so, that action violates Department of Defense Directive 1344.10, Political Activities by Members of the Armed Forces, which prohibits “partisan political activity.”
It can be argued that a raised fist is a symbol of “black power,” which could be viewed as a political statement, but it can also be argued that it’s simply a gesture of black pride, which can be viewed as a celebration of their culture. What do you think? Is this a political statement?