- - Thursday, May 12, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The photo of 16 black female cadets with their fists raised in what is commonly known as a gesture showing solidarity with the Black Panthers should have been all the proof the leadership at West Point needed to render these women unfit for service in the United States Army (“White House proud of West Point cadets in black pride photo,” Web, May 10). Instead, West Point has found the picture to be innocuous and the cadets innocent of wrongdoing.

This behavior overlooked will have long-lasting and profound effects on the soldiers — particularly white soldiers — who will serve and work with each of these women. The achievement of attending and graduating from one of the best educational institutions in the world should have defined these cadets. Instead, they’ve defined themselves as the racists they are, and there is no amount of official Army gerrymandering of the truth that will erase that fact.

The military has become a cesspool of political correctness and social experimentation, and it is the bane of all who are Christian, white, heterosexual and patriotic. We should not encourage or support our children in joining the service.

AL QUARTARARO

Chief warrant officer 3, U.S. Navy (retired)

Virginia Beach, Va.

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