The US Military Academy is investigating allegations that a group of black female cadets were making a political gesture in a picture that has reportedly drawn criticism, the Army Times reported.
According to the Times, several readers passed along the picture, which shows the women with their fists raised. The picture can be seen below:
[caption id="attachment_793142" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A group of female black West Point cadets with their fists raised. The photo has reportedly been shared within military circles. (Army Times)[/caption]
Critics of the picture are accusing the women of making a gesture of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, which would constitute a violation of Department of Defense Directive 1344.10, which cautions service members against taking part in "partisan political activity" while in uniform.
Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker, the public affairs director for West Point, said in a statement that the academy "can confirm that the cadets in this photo are members of the U.S. Military Academy's Class of 2016. Academy officials are conducting an inquiry into the matter."