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Black West Point cadets will not be punished for raised-fists photo

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Sixteen black West Point cadets who posed with raised fists for a pre-graduation picture will not be punished for the gesture.

The US Military Academy said on Tuesday it concluded the group photo did not violate any Department of Defense rules limiting political activity.

West Point said in a statement an internal inquiry found the picture of the 16 female cadets captured a spur-of-the-moment gesture intended to demonstrate unity and pride.

The seniors will graduate on 21 May.

Some observers outside the academy had suggested the cadets violated the military policy by posing with clenched fists held head high.

A raised fist has symbolized political resistance for generations. It was used by Black Power advocates in the 1960s.

A mentor to the women has said they were simply celebrating their forthcoming graduation.

Source: The Guardian

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