What had been the annual occasion for most Americans to take pride in the accomplished men and women of our service academies was smeared by apparently racist symbols flashed by a handful of cadets and midshipmen.
I am giving them the “apparently” because they could have been playing something called “the circle game,” as reported by the New York Times, but I doubt it.
The symbol — what generations have known as the “OK” sign — Is considered a symbol of white supremacy when the fingers are held down or horizontal. This symbol, and dozens of others, are collected by the Anti-Defamation League.
ADL has assembled an alarming number of actual symbols of hate, not the Betsy Ross flag that Nike got buffaloed into dropping by Colin Kaepernick.
As to Army-Navy, once we exclude “the circle game,” I see two choices: The students flashing the sign are either racIsts, or they are juvenile ayeholes pulling what they thought was a prank on national TV.
After a thorough investigation, any students found to be racist must be expelled immediately. They don’t belong in our egalitarian armed forces and they sure don’t deserve a free college education.
The students found to be “pranking” need a severe reprimand and a good talking to. Who best to straighten them out? I would sit them down with the white members of any of the service teams. Who better to explain to them that merit is not related to skin color?
It’s terrible a few morons ruined a great day for America, but it’s better to get the ugliness into the light so we can deal with it.