Black Women, Fists, and U.S. Military

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 school representative. Soon, it grew into an on-campus controversy — a potential break in the taboo against advocacy by military personnel.


Really interesting controversy around black women cadets at West Point. What do you think? Was it a political statement?

Click here for CNN article.

Click here for New York Times article.


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