Here’s a simple description of white supremacy in America: Anything that black people do to show blackness makes white people uncomfortable, therefore it is bad. For example, last week, The New York Times reported about a SCANDALOUS and SHOCKING photo of a group of West Point cadets, all black and female, raising their fist in a photo. For some reason (racism, the reason is racism), this prompted an inquiry:
The gesture, posted on Facebook and Twitter last week, touched off a barrage of criticism in and out of the armed forces as some commenters accused the women of allying themselves with the Black Lives Matter movement and sowing racial divisions in a military that relies on assimilation.
Curiously, white conservative Christians have been trying to turn the US Military into a bastion of religious political extremism for years now and it hasn’t prompted anywhere nearly as much consternation. But say the magic words “Black Lives Matter” and, oh my, the white hot white rage explodes:
So there were two black female cadets who did not participate in this obscene stupidity. They are to be commended. The sixteen should be discharged for NOT having the right stuff. West Point should worry less about their quotas and a lot more about character, integrity, scholastic aptitude and honor. But sadly, with Barack Obama as president all of that is chucked out as qualifications, replaced by “black” and “female”. How pathetic this president, how meaningless will be these sixteen who showed us that “black” comes ahead of duty, honor and country. – John Strom
Why aren’t there any white cadets in this picture? Why no Asians? Why no Native Americans? What would have been the reaction if the white female cadets took a group photo and excluded all minorities? It’s politically correct pandering by West Point and nothing else. It’s the left doing what the left does best. Ignoring reality! – James Roseberry
Every one of these jackasses should be facing a cost marshall. By not charging them the military is going to lack any discipline. Anyone of these bitches who would give me an order I would tell them to piss off. When I go to captains Mass all that I would do is show this picture and say they were not charged. How can I follow an order from an individual that I do not respect and who does not respect the uniform and that they are wearing. – Grant Skiles
There’s an unending stream of this but you get the idea.
Sadly for aggrieved white people, raising a fist while black is not a political activity and so the cadets will not be punished. But it will still cast a shadow over their careers so, yay! Justice for the poor, oppressed white man, after all!
In a letter to cadets, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., the academy’s superintendent, agreed that the women should not be punished, but stopped short of absolving them of responsibility.
“As members of the Profession of Arms, we are held to a high standard, where our actions are constantly observed and scrutinized in the public domain,” the letter said. “We all must understand that a symbol or gesture that one group of people may find harmless may offend others. As Army officers, we are not afforded the luxury of a lack of awareness of how we are perceived.”
The message here is that raising a fist while black is offensive (to white people) and therefore should be discouraged. Is there a better example of America’s love affair with white supremacy than this?
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