Citadel investigating photos of cadets with pillowcases on their heads

11 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Citadel Investigating Images of Cadets in White Hoods.

The Citadel military college in South Carolina has said it is suspending eight cadets after photographs were posted on social media showing them wearing pointed white pillowcases resembling the hoods of the Ku Klux Klan.

Seven freshmen cadets wore the hoods and all-white clothing while singing Christmas carols as part of a Ghosts of Christmas Past skit, according to initial findings by the college in Charleston. The incident touched off a national debate over the display of the battle flag of the pro-slavery Confederacy, as well as fresh soul-searching over racism in America. “These images are not consistent with our core values of honor, duty and respect,” said John Rosa, a retired Air Force lieutenant general who is now the Citadel’s president. Citadel spokeswoman Kim Keelor-Parker said the school was investigating whether more people took part and would have no further comment until the probe is complete.

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