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West Point #BLM Pix: So, Don't piss on me & tell me it's raining...

West Point #BLM Pix: So, Don't piss on me & tell me it's raining...

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When there are different standards for different Cadets.

 

Political Correctness run amok.  

Caslen did note, however, that clenched-fists have been used in other ways at West Point in the past year as a display of pride for the Army and nation.

”For instance, last July, the class of 2019 spontaneously raised their fist in pride upon the playing of the Army Strong song during the Fourth of July Concert,” he wrote in his letter. “Last December, on the night before the Army-Navy game, I joined hundreds of staff and graduates in raising our fist in support of the Army football team during the Army-Navy pep rally video. The time, place and manner of a symbol can also hold significant meaning and influence perception.”

—West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen
— Army Times http://rhk.today/1T6mfND

So, Don’t piss on me & tell me it’s raining, ‘cause it’s salty as hell
— J. Allen, Navy E1 > Chief, Warrant, LDO. 30-years a sailor.

But "salty as hell" also describes the 16 warriors in this picture: 

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  • Poised
  • Proud
  • Ready
  • Confident
  • Salty as Hell

And I could not be more proud of each of them.  

This was about Pride, not politics.

No #Chickenhawk kerfuffle over the supposed meaning behind a gesture of unity can tarnish any of these warriors' accomplishment or undermine the undying respect with which I hold any person with the talent and grit to complete a Military Academy education, especially Black women.  

The First Black Cadet of the 20th Century was shunned by his Class at West Point

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The first Black West Point graduate of the 20th Century, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. eventually rose to the rank of 3-star general.  But as the only Black in the class of 1932, he was utterly ignored by his fellow West Point cadets, even bullied.  No one was ever assigned or volunteered to room with Davis.  During his entire 4-years at West Point, he was never invited to share a table with his classmate nor break bread with white men.  1

The most elite Sisterhood in America

And as the smallest sisterhood in an already elite institution, their gestures in this photo are, to me, more of an encouragement to future generations of Americans of all backgrounds:  

  • We did it
  • We did it together
  • So can you.   

After all, it wasn't until 1976 that the United States Military Academies even admitted women.  Black Female cadets are as scarce as hen's teeth at West Point.  Of the nearly 1000 graduates this month, only 1.7% are Black Women.  

These women are proud of where they've come from, where they've been, and what they've endure--together, along with the rest of the Corps of Cadets.  


Every One of Them: the Best of America's Finest

All US Service Academy entrants are the very best of the best.  Each year competition for the 1000 seats at West Point is fierce.  There are no Ivy League "legacy" programs designed to boost the simpering whelps of wealthy alumni at the United States Military Academies.  

At the academies at West Point, Annapolis, New London and King's Point, those hallowed places, men and women are admitted on merit alone: 

  • Superior academic scores  
  • Superior athletic ability
  • Quality Recommendations  
  • And GRIT  

We, on the other hand, are a #JackassNation of #Chickenhawks

However, I am deeply disturbed by the kerfuffle this one picture has made, particularly among the Political, #Chickenhawk, and Professional Political Chickenhawk classes

They're all too self-absorbed & narrow and selfish to ever serve their country, but the criticize those who do.

“This is not an opportunity to talk about difficult matters privately or in a closed environment. This is a circus. It’s a national disgrace. And from my standpoint, as a black American, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you.” 2
— Associate Justice Clarence Thomas

 

And don't Forget the Great West Point Pillow Fight Fiasco

Finally, we should all remember that all of the Service Academies are, at heart, undergraduate universities, prone to the same kinds of silliness, juvenile humor and hormonal surges of any college campus.  For instance, West Point had to ban the traditional pillow fight after 30 cadets were injured.  3

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1. New York Times 
2. Hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library, October 11, 1991.
3. Newswire.net


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It is a cryin' shame that the Army gave into political correctness to investigate this issue at all, much less make it sound as if these soldiers had done something wrong.  

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