Leaked Memo to West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen from Major Consuelo Antoinette Martinez regarding The 'Raised Black Female Fist' Old Corps Photograph Incident

Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender, Forthcoming

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-22

25 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2016

Date Written: September 7, 2016

Abstract

This satire responds to the recent West Point Investigation of 16 African American female cadets who took a photograph of themselves holding up their fists. This work of legal analysis and of the imagination takes the form of an investigatory memo written by a fictional Latina West Point official to the (very real) West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen. In it, I study the legal underpinnings for the investigation, which center on certain Department of Defense regulations forbidding political activity on the part of military service members. I reveal the race and gender absurdity that cuts through the military and also through those elements of society that called for the cadets’ court-martial when their photograph was distributed via social media in the Spring of 2016.

Suggested Citation

Murray, Yxta Maya, Leaked Memo to West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen from Major Consuelo Antoinette Martinez regarding The 'Raised Black Female Fist' Old Corps Photograph Incident (September 7, 2016). Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender, Forthcoming, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-22, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2836296

Yxta Maya Murray (Contact Author)

Loyola Law School Los Angeles ( email )

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