Army officials are investigating a group of Black female West Point cadets who posed for a picture outside of a U.S. Military Academy barracks, the Army Times reports.
“We can confirm that the cadets in this photo are members of the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2016,” Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker, West Point’s director of public affairs, said in a statement. “Academy officials are conducting an inquiry into the matter. ”
While it’s unclear what the women did wrong, the criticism seems to be coming from those questioning whether or not the group’s raised fists (along with their Black skin, of course) signifies a political statement.
Angry folks in the military community who shared the photo have accused the women of promoting the Black Lives Matter movement, although the cadets have apparently made no such claim.
According to the women’s critics, if the photo is a part of a large political statement they’d be in violation of Department of Defense Directive 1344.10, Political Activities by Members of the Armed Forces, which says “partisan political activity” is prohibited when in uniform.
Despite the uproar by some, last we checked, raised fists don’t qualify as “partisan political activity,” but you never know dealing with Uncle Sam’s army.