Army, Navy Investigation Absolves Cadets and Midshipmen of Flashing 'White Power' Symbols

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2019 file photo, Navy midshipmen march onto field ahead of an NCAA college football game between the Army and the Navy in Philadelphia. A military investigation finds that hand gestures used by cadets and midshipmen during the Army-Navy game broadcast had nothing to do with white supremacy. The investigation, which included interviews and background checks, determined that two freshmen were taking part in a “sophomoric” game that had “no racist intent.” (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)


FILE – In this Dec. 14, 2019 file photo, Navy midshipmen march onto field ahead of an NCAA college football game between the Army and the Navy in Philadelphia. A military investigation finds that hand gestures used by cadets and midshipmen during the Army-Navy game broadcast had nothing to do with white supremacy. The investigation, which included interviews and background checks, determined that two freshmen were taking part in a “sophomoric” game that had “no racist intent.” (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Over the weekend, folks in media and on the lefts accused cadets and midshipmen of flashing “white power” signs during the Army-Navy game.

Folks on social media trashed these young men who signed up to defend them and the country, smearing them, calling them racists, with even some people suggesting they be doxxed and identified.

Complaints then poured into West Point and Annapolis with calls that the young students be expelled.

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy released the findings of their investigation today.

They’ve concluded their look into the matter and say it was the “circle game” and had nothing to do with “white supremacy,” as anyone who had any sense already knew at the time.

Here’s their full release.

Here’s the 15-6 investigative report:

They even used the FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service to interview the students. Imagine being put through that because you played a game that has been played for decades in the military?

Yet this trended on Twitter and went everywhere as a national news story because folks on the left and in media declared “racism” where it didn’t exist. Can we now expect any apologies from the people in media who libeled these students? Don’t bet on it. They didn’t learn their lesson with the Covington Catholic kids and wouldn’t here.

Townhall’s senior writer (and U.S. Marine) Julio Rosas pointed out a few examples of people/media smearing the cadets.

While the military certainly has the right to set the standards and West Point cadets and Annapolis midshipmen are held to a higher standard, they’re also at a football game where they’re having a rare chance to have a little fun. That fun with a game that has existed for decades. So if media suddenly declares jogging a symbol of “white power” then should people stop jogging? How about not giving racists or trolls the power to demonize and appropriate perfectly normal actions and symbols, and looking at intent and facts?

HT: Twitchy, Townhall