West Point #BLM Pix: So, Don't piss on me & tell me it's raining...
When there are different standards for different Cadets.
Political Correctness run amok.
But "salty as hell" also describes the 16 warriors in this picture:
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
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
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.
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
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.