The Citadel is known for its traditions in the South and the South is know for its tradition of racism. And, it hasn’t been able to shake off this custom of demeaning African-Americans, in spite of a War plus the Civil Rights Act of 1968. I grew up in the South and experienced all this prejudice before leaving in the 1950s, only returning periodically to visit my family. Now it’s fairly obvious that these Citadel cadets knew what the Ku Klux Klan garb meant before donning the dress and, if not, perhaps the level of learning at this institution is not as high as professed.
And don’t these goons pay attention to the media? I Googled “Recent incidents of racism” and got 832,000 results. At the very least this school does not teach learning by example. The hierarchy immediately suspended those involved but it remains to be seen what and if there will be any real punishment. The time has come to start prosecuting these crimes for the seriousness they are and the grief and pain they cause the African American community.