Head Of Air Force Academy Tells Cadets: ‘You Should Be Outraged’ By Racial Slurs

  • In a poignant defense of equality, the United States Air Force Academy’s superintendent made it crystal clear that the institution will not tolerate any form of disrespectful behavior toward someone of another race or gender.
  • The Academy’s Preparatory School found racial slurs written on message boards of five African-American cadets, leading Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria to express his disgust to the Academy’s more than 5,000 cadets, faculty and staff in Colorado Springs.
  • Silveria said even though the incident happened at the prep school, everyone at the Academy should pay attention.
  • One of the targeted cadets is brushing off the incident, his father told the Air Force Times: – “The word has zero power in my house.
  • Security Forces are investigating the incident, Silveria told Academy leaders on Wednesday, and the Academy’s chief diversity officer is putting together small group discussions to continue the conversation.

“If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, then you need to get out,” he said.

In a poignant defense of equality, the United States Air Force Academy’s superintendent made it crystal clear that the institution will not tolerate any form of disrespectful behavior toward someone of another race or gender.

The Academy’s Preparatory School found racial slurs written on message boards of five African-American cadets, leading Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria to express his disgust to the Academy’s more than 5,000 cadets, faculty and staff in Colorado Springs.

“If you’re outraged by those words, then you’re in the right place,” he said Thursday. “You should be outraged not only as an airman, but as a human being.”

He asked people to “get out” if they’re incapable of displaying respect:

“If you can’t treat someone from another gender, whether that’s a man or a woman, with dignity and respect, 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.”

We would all be naive to think that everything is perfect here. We would be naive to think we shouldn’t discuss this topic.

Silveria said even though the incident happened at the prep school, everyone at the Academy should pay attention.

“We would all be naive to think that everything is…

Head Of Air Force Academy Tells Cadets: ‘You Should Be Outraged’ By Racial Slurs