West Point on Tuesday announced that it will not punish a group of black female cadets who were photographed with raised fists.
The U.S. Military Academy said after an investigation, it was proven that they did not violate any military regulations. And that they were showing unity and pride in their photo.
“Based upon available evidence, none of the participants, through their actions, intended to show support for a political movement,” the academy said. They are all scheduled to graduate on May 21.
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“We are held to a high standard, where our actions are constantly observed and scrutinized in the public domain,” academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr. said in a statement. “We all must understand that a symbol or gesture that one group of people may find harmless may offend others. As Army officers, we are not afforded the luxury of a lack of awareness of how we are perceived.”
Basically, they didn’t want to feel the wrath of what was to come if they were punished.