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16 West Point cadets cadets in raised-fist photo won't be punished

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posted on May, 11 2016 @ 04:21 PM
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a reply to: Smellthecoffee

I guess they got here too late?

The Homesteading Act


Passed on May 20, 1862, the Homestead Act accelerated the settlement of the western territory by granting adult heads of families 160 acres of surveyed public land for a minimal filing fee and 5 years of continuous residence on that land.




posted on May, 11 2016 @ 04:26 PM
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a reply to: matafuchs

Exactly what history books are your kids reading ? The versions where black people weren't slaves and the native Americans were treated with respect? Gems of giants and creationsism being covered up ?



posted on May, 11 2016 @ 04:29 PM
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a reply to: TinfoilTP

Court marshalled for what? Taking a picture. Oh my god not a picture showing pride in our accomplishment. Then you call them commies without knowing a damn thing about them. You must think you have special powers or something.



posted on May, 11 2016 @ 04:31 PM
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a reply to: BooCrackers


The confederate flag is a christian flag in nature, but long ago some idiot thought it stood for racism...hehe boy are they wrong!


It's creator made it as a symbol of white supremacy...

You seem to know nothing of confederate history nor William T. Thompson the flags designer.


Hehe, boy are you wrong.



posted on May, 11 2016 @ 04:37 PM
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originally posted by: Kali74
a reply to: Smellthecoffee

I guess they got here too late?

The Homesteading Act


Passed on May 20, 1862, the Homestead Act accelerated the settlement of the western territory by granting adult heads of families 160 acres of surveyed public land for a minimal filing fee and 5 years of continuous residence on that land.


My white family got the land BUT we didn't get a mule.

Sounds like an early form of affirmative action.

I want my mule 'reparations' from the black community, as this event has damaged my genetic-psyche.

Should I launch a collective law-suit on behalf of the entire white-community?



posted on May, 11 2016 @ 04:40 PM
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a reply to: Martin75


3. If this is our military hopefuls, then we are in trouble!!!



Erm, they graduated from West Point...

So I really, truly, deeply, sincerely disagree with every single word you just guffed out of your hind end.


You have no idea how fine a soldier they potentially are.



posted on May, 11 2016 @ 04:47 PM
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a reply to: Smellthecoffee

I see how well you read. Black families were supposed to get 40 acres and a mule, mostly they didn't and ended up congregated with other black families waiting for their land and mules out in the middle of nowhere.

White families actually got 160 acres and a deed if they could stick it out for 5 years, a lot couldn't and the land stayed in the hands of the government.

That seem equal to you?



posted on May, 11 2016 @ 04:57 PM
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a reply to: Hazardous1408

The flag itself took on many symbols yes, however the very design of the flag is christian in nature. You must be from the north.

I digress, opinions are like a**holes, everyone has one...and yours seems to be based with out a common frame of reference.

Still I think you're missing the point of the entire conversation....you can go back a few pages and start reading if you like.



posted on May, 11 2016 @ 05:05 PM
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a reply to: BooCrackers

Mine isn't an "opinion"...

It is a fact from William T. Thompson's very own testimony.

"As a people, we are fighting to maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race."


Secondly I've read the entire thread. Everyone drifted I just followed suit.
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posted on May, 11 2016 @ 05:11 PM
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a reply to: Hazardous1408
You are a bigot if you think that the condeferate rebel flag is racist. It's not. While it is used as a symbol of southern pride, that doesn't make it racist.
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posted on May, 11 2016 @ 05:23 PM
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originally posted by: Kali74
a reply to: Smellthecoffee

I see how well you read. Black families were supposed to get 40 acres and a mule, mostly they didn't and ended up congregated with other black families waiting for their land and mules out in the middle of nowhere.

White families actually got 160 acres and a deed if they could stick it out for 5 years, a lot couldn't and the land stayed in the hands of the government.

That seem equal to you?


So; if I understand your correctly, most black families stood around waiting for 'some-one' to save them while the white families battled the elements and the land for five long years in the hope of surviving long enough to give their children a future?

In answer to your question; Five years of hard-labor VS free handouts? Indeed- I agree with you; This does not seem equal to me at all.



posted on May, 11 2016 @ 05:26 PM
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originally posted by: Martin75
a reply to: Annee
Then don't click on them...solves all kinds of problems.



That advice works for clicking news stories that might tend to offend you as well snowflake!



posted on May, 11 2016 @ 05:27 PM
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a reply to: Martin75

You know, these are extremely smart kids here. You don't just get into West Point.

I have no problem with it. These kids are supposed to think, supposed to be aware. Nope. No problem, at all.

In fact, I'll be so bold as to say Good for them!!



posted on May, 11 2016 @ 05:32 PM
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a reply to: Smellthecoffee

Mental gymnastics won't change the facts.



posted on May, 11 2016 @ 05:37 PM
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originally posted by: yeahright
a reply to: matafuchs

So it's 'fight the power', 'Black Panthers', anytime a black person holds up a fist?

Hooey.

Not every gesture is some BS political statement.

If it was a group of mixed race cadets holding fists at shoulder height, would they all be 'fighting the power'? It's freaking West Point. They ARE the power.



Actually, the raised fist goes back at least a century in modern usage and is likely ancient. In the most general terms, it is a symbol of solidarity though in most uses, it has additional related connotations such as solidarity against oppression or "fight[ing] the power."

It's been used by socialists, labor organizations, white supremacists, black nationalists, environmentalists, tons of revolutionaries and various other radical and not-so-radical political movements to numerous to name.

Sometimes it's even thrown up (and maybe pumped a bit) in celebration of a hard fought victory.

But you know, black people doing it is bad because conservative political correctness.
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posted on May, 11 2016 @ 05:38 PM
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a reply to: DBCowboy

Agreed with them, or disagree with them. Doesn't, in the end, really matter.

These are, in all likelihood, fine young people who will go on to be fine soldiers. More importantly, I find my self thinking, fine young soldiers with a conscience, and a brain to go with it.

I don't want unthinking, conscienceless robots in my nations military, y'know?

I don't much like this voluntary racial segregation that's going on...in fact I'll be so bold as to say I hate it.

But in many, maybe most, cases it indicates that someone(s) is actually looking at the world around them, and they don't like what they see.

That's how I see it. My not so humble opinion, if you will.



posted on May, 11 2016 @ 05:39 PM
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a reply to: Hazardous1408

Very good, just making sure you were paying attention.......

In case you haven't noticed, I use under/overtone sarcasm to prove a point.....

Ok back in character

Eh hem......yea and I bet the language used back then does not account for the soft language used today. Back then even you would be calling them colored.....again taken out of context from a past ideology that no one currently alive had any experience in. You might as well be trying to examine my emotional state through type and even then you could be way off.

Thing is, it doesn't get rid of the fact that the civil war like all others the USA has fought was a picked fight by the fed. And for women of color to display a salute often used by militant black groups and not expect a few raised eyebrows. I mean if that's socially acceptable then a confederate flag is equally acceptable.

The double standard is what I'm getting at, and while I can care less about any of this, the principal remains the same.
Me being a black man, I am not about to identify as African American, that's just stupid ignorant labeling to keep us all separated. I think at this point I'm American and that's all that should be used to describe me unless its law enforcement and they need a more detailed description of a suspect.

Otherwise all this thread really does is keep prejudice alive as white anger in this case is valid for concern often as it is. Blacks can do it but whites can't? Come on...this isn't 1865, or 1965. People are actually that shallow to buy into this horse sh*t.



posted on May, 11 2016 @ 05:44 PM
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originally posted by: KaibaTheJedi
a reply to: Hazardous1408
You are a bigot if you think that the condeferate rebel flag is racist. It's not. While it is used as a symbol of southern pride, that doesn't make it racist.


Would you make the same "heritage not hate" argument for this flag?




posted on May, 11 2016 @ 05:44 PM
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originally posted by: Kali74
a reply to: Smellthecoffee

Mental gymnastics won't change the facts.


Here's a plate; it has your ass on it.

I hope you were watching as I handed it to you.



posted on May, 11 2016 @ 05:53 PM
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originally posted by: Joecanada11
a reply to: TinfoilTP

Court marshalled for what? Taking a picture. Oh my god not a picture showing pride in our accomplishment. Then you call them commies without knowing a damn thing about them. You must think you have special powers or something.


It's easy, follow along.
It is against the law they are bound by for cadets to make political expression.
They are giving the BLM salute, a violent radical left wing political movement funded by commies.

Court martial is the only remedy.



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