US Military Academy rules no sanction against female cadets in raised clenched-fist pose

May 11, 2016

USA, Women

Photograph of 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.

The Military authority reportedly has said no punishment for cadets.   []


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2 Comments on “US Military Academy rules no sanction against female cadets in raised clenched-fist pose”

  1. salawuaolcom Says:

    I graduated from Cornell University on June 1, 1968, the same week former President, Bill Clinton graduated from Georgetown University. Those seemed improbable events, given the turmoil that erupted everywhere in the US that whole year. There were the raging anti-Vietnam demonstrations; the assassinations of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert Kennedy; the Summer Olympics in Mexico City —

    the bloody confrontation with students at the Democrat’s convention in Chicago and much more! By not taking disciplinary action against the 16, beautiful, black women, the US Military Academy evaded what might have become a maelstrom.

    Those women at West Point were motivated by the message Tommie Smith and John Carlos sent to the world on the podium in the Wiki article referenced above. Tommie and John were immediately expelled and sent back to the US after their demonstration which I still support till this day.

    Starting in January 1996, during a snow blizzard in New York, I built a huge, all-encompassing database for cadets, alumni and aspirants at the Academy which is nestled between mountains. I stayed at the Thayer Hotel where President Eisenhower and Rtd. General Colin Powell had slept in their times. This picture brings back many bitter-sweet memories for me.

    Ire, o!
    K. Salawu



    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Doctor, Nostalgic feelings all around! Even though I had not arrived in the States by the time of the seismic-level Mexico City brouhaha over Tommie Smith & Co’s black power salute on the medal podium, I already had a subscription to Time magazine, and was able to read the story.

      I admire these young African-American ladies who staked so much to be counted among the current #BlackLivesMatter movement and the fight for civil rights of earlier era, and as you said, the Military Academy made the right decision in choosing non-sanctioning thereby avoiding possible unpleasant consequences.

      I dare say that Beyonce’s Lemonade act must have nudged them to show the strong, long-disrespected black woman has had enough.

      Sincere regards,

      Here’s a link to an essay that recaps that EVENT excellently. It’s in the best tradition of British journalism. Tola.



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