Head of military academy shuns racism in powerful message to cadets

United States Air Force Academy

After some racial slurs were found written on messages boards belonging to five black cadets at the preparatory school, Lieutenant General Jay Silveria did not hesitate to address his outrage at the incident.

The racial slurs, written with black marker stating “Go Home N*****” were discovered earlier in the week and brought to the attention of Lt. General Silveria.

In a speech addressed to cadets in the academy, Silveria makes it known that behavior such as racism has no place anywhere, especially in the United States Air Force.

Partial transcript:

“Reach for your phones.

“I’m serious. Reach for your phones.

Grab your phones, I want you to video tape this so that you can have it.

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

If you can’t treat someone from another gender whether that’s a man or woman with dignity and respect, then you need to get out

If you demean someone in anyway, 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.”

Watch the speech delivered by Lt. General Silveria below:

As the superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy located in Colorado Springs, CO, the Lt. General “directs a four-year regimen of military training, academics, athletic and character development programs leading to a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant.”

Silveria assumed his position at the academy in August of 2017 just last month, making it the first time he has had to deal with the issue of racism at the academy.

Prior to his appointment at the academy, the Lt. General has had an illustrious military track record, accruing more than 3,900 flight hours and even serving as Vice Commander at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

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