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Sixteen female West Point cadets, who took a photo with their arms raised in Black Power fists, did not violate a directive that warns against “partisan political activity” while in uniform, reports NBC News:

The 16 cadets — members of the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2016 — did not violate any code of conduct regulations, and the April 26 photo was one of several that the young women took in a spur-of-the-moment shot, the prestigious military academy said.

“It was intended to demonstrate ‘unity’ and ‘pride,’ according to the findings of the inquiry,” according to a statement.


The inquiry ultimately found that there was no intention of making a political statement — although backlash online suggested otherwise after the photo went viral.

The women are set to graduate on May 21.

SOURCE: NBC News | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter


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