Photo of West Point female cadets stir up controversy

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WEST POINT, NY - As if Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime performance didn't make sparks of controversy fly, get a load of a photo taken at West Point Military Academy in New York.

It shows 16 black female cadets posed in a formation of their own, with clenched fists held high, just like Beyonce.

West Point confirms the ladies are 2016 graduating seniors, and says the academy is taking a closer look at the photo.  The photo was posted in a blog titled "Racism Within West Point," but is it racist?

2003 West Point grad, Mary Tobin, who is black, says perception is everything.

"Why can't black female cadets, black ladies that are becoming officers in the United States Army, why can't they raise their fist, why does it have to be a negative perception? And that burden isn't on them, it's on American people," Tobin says.

One vet, who is white, thinks he knows the point of this photo; a political statement tied to Black Lives Matter.

John Burk, who posted the photo to his blog says, "Your beliefs are your beliefs. If you want to identify with the BLM group, that is your individual right. But while in uniform, it is not. You are a representative of the United States Army.

While some want the girls booted from the academy, others are urging a little more discretion when it comes to donning the uniform.

"I don't know about expulsion, but you know what you were coming into when you signed the oath and all that. Abide by the rules," says Richard O'Donnell, a white military veteran.

So far, none of the cadets have commented on the controversy.

If a picture's worth a thousand words, what words will they come up with to explain this imagery?


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