A group of black female cadets at the U.S. Military Academy won’t face punishment for a controversial photo taken weeks before their graduation.
But the incident has raised questions about the perceptions of black women showing pride — and the challenges of an underrepresented group at an elite institution.
Some see the gesture of raised fists from the women wearing traditional dress uniforms as a signal of pride. Others wonder whether the cadets were expressing support for Black Lives Matter.
Some female graduates say West Point’s emphasis on leadership and mission means black womanhood is a choice that comes with consequences.
Fewer than 400 black women have graduated from West Point in its 114-year history. This year’s class includes fewer than 20.