West Point is currently conducting an investigation on a photograph of 16 black female cadets in uniform raising their fists in a possible political statement, according to Army Times.
The female cadets can be seen in the photo wearing their military uniform with their fists held high on the steps of a military barracks.
“We can confirm that the cadets in this photo are members of the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2016,” West Point’s director of public affairs Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker said in an emailed statement.
There are claims that the photo is in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement since the gesture of fists raised in the air is a symbol of the group. However, this same gesture has been used by many groups over the course of centuries to symbolize power and resistance.
Many people are concerned that the photo violated Department of Defense Directive 1344.10. The political policy states the actions that armed forces are not allowed to take part in. Service members are not allowed to partake in “partisan political activity” while in uniform.
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