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A national debate about race and proper military behavior broke out this week after sixteen African-American West Point cadets posed with raised fists for a pre-graduation picture. An inquiry at the academy found the cadets didn't violate any existing military rules that limit political activity. But the fists-up image led some to question if the woman expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement, which is rooted in protests over what critics say is the excessive use of police force against African-American men.
NEW YORK — Sixteen black West Point cadets who posed with raised fists for a pre-graduation picture that sparked debates on race and proper behavior in uniform won't be punished for the gesture, the U. Military Academy said Tuesday. The decision, less than two weeks before the 16 female seniors are poised to graduate, found they didn't violate military rules limiting political activity.
When Olympic sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood atop the medal podium at the Summer Games in Mexico City, bowed their heads and raised black-gloved fists during the playing of the national anthem, millions of their fellow Americans were outraged. But countless millions more around the globe thrilled to the sight of two men standing before the world, unafraid, expressing disillusionment with a nation that so often fell, and still falls, so short of its promise. They were suspended from the U.
The women posed for their traditional pre-graduation photo with a raised fist - a gesture commonly associated with black power advocates. Sixteen black female cadets will not face punishment for raising their fists in a pre-graduation photo, said the US Military Academy. Just two weeks before the women graduate, they were found not to have violated military rules which limit political activity.
The photograph, taken after the meter race at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City, turned African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos from track-and-field stars into the center of a roiling controversy over their raised-fist salute, a symbol of black power and the human rights movement at large. Smith and Carlos, who had won gold and bronze, respectively, agreed to use their medal wins as an opportunity to highlight the social issues roiling the United States at the time. Racial tensions were at a height, and the Civil Rights movement had given way to the Black Power movement.
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Newton just minutes before his swearing-in ceremony. On Inauguration Day, Trump emerged from the Capitol Building, gave a thumbs-up, and then raised his right fist in the air. The incongruity of the fist was plain.
I would especially like to thank Michael Rossman of the AOUON archiveexhibit organizer Kevin Chen, and illustrator Frank Cieciorka for their invaluable contributions to this research on our cultural history. Also see " Origins of the clenched fist - peace symbol combination graphic " and " Protest in Pride " 'zine distributed at "West Pride", Gothenburg's LGBT Festival, - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -. A persistent symbol of resistance and unity, the clenched fist or raised fist is part of the broader genre of "hand" symbols that include the peace "V," the forward-thrust-fist, and the clasped hands.