Fri, Sep 29 09:04 AM |Life

Lt. General Comes Down Hard On Air Force Academy After Racist Messages Were Left On Black Cadets’ Rooms — Watch

Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, the superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, delivered a strong message to cadets after racial slurs were found at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School earlier this week in Colorado. 

Silveria stated, "If you can't treat someone with dignity and respect, then you need to get out."

Silveria held a meeting with Air Force Academy cadets, Air Force Academy Preparatory School cadet candidates, faculty, staff, and Air Force Academy leadership on Thursday to let everyone know that racism would not be tolerated.

"If you can't treat someone with dignity and respect, then you need to get out," he said. "If you can't treat someone from another gender, whether that's another man or woman, then you need to get out. If you demean someone in any way, then you need to get out, and if you can't treat someone from another race or a different color skin with dignity and respect, then you need to get out."


Silveria's speech comes after racial slurs were found written on the dry-erase boards outside the doors five black Air Force Academy cadet candidates' dorm rooms on Monday.

Investigators are interviewing cadet candidates at the school to determine the identity of the vandal(s) that targeted the black cadets by writing "Go home [N-Word]s" outside their doors.


In the five-minute-long speech, Silveria urged everyone to respond to instances of racism with a "better idea."  He adds that the Air Force Academy would be "tone deaf" not to fight back against the racism,  especially after other recent events. Silveria cited the violence in Charlottesville, VA last month, the shooting of a young black man in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, and the national anthem protests in the NFL.


Silveria told cadets, "I also have a better idea, and it's about our diversity, and it's the power of diversity, the power of the 4,000 of you, and all the people that are on the staff tower and lining the glass, the power of us as a diverse group.



"The power that we come from all walks of life, that we come from all parts of this country, that we come from all races, we come from all backgrounds, gender, all makeup, all upbringing. The power of that diversity comes together and makes us that much more powerful. That's a much better idea than small thinking and horrible ideas."


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