Graduates from the U.S. Military Academy congratulate each other after their graduation and commissioning ceremony in West Point, N.Y., May 23, 2015. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
The service academies may not have traditional affirmative action policies, but they are making a major effort to diversify the officer corps.
In late May, 16 female cadets in their fourth year at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point gathered in their grey dress uniforms, complete with crossed sabres, for an “old corps” photo — a tradition among those graduating. In a show of pride and solidarity, these women raised their fists and a photo was snapped. The problem? These 16 women are black, and as the photo went viral, a narrative developed that these women had intended to align themselves with the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
After an Army investigation, West Point recognized that the race of the students, paired with their raised fists, does not a public political statement make, and the cadets were cleared of any wrongdoing.
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WNU Editor: There is no official policy .... but there is an unspoken unofficial policy to promote diversity. And now there is this report .... Race relations reach all-time low under Obama: poll (Washington Times).