Officials at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, say they are investigating allegations that students at both institutions used a “White Power” hand signal during pregame ceremonies at the 120th annual Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia on December 14.
During the pregame telecast, students were seen using an upside-down OK hand gesture that has been ruled a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League. The OK hand symbol used upside down is said to form the letters WP and has been used by some far-right groups as a symbol for “White Power,” according to the Anti-Defamation League.
According to the U.S. Department of Education’s latest data, African Americans are 12 percent of the students at West Point and 7 percent of the students at the Naval Academy.
Update: An invesitgation by the U.S. Navy determined that the hand signals were not racially motivated.