- The Washington Times - Friday, September 29, 2017

The superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy gave a stern warning to cadets and cadet candidates on Thursday after racial slurs were found at the Preparatory School.

Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria said racism has no place in the Air Force and that cadets who can’t treat others with respect need to leave.

“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 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,” he added. “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.”

Lt. Gen. Silveria’s lecture came after racial slurs were found Monday written on the dormitory message boards of five black cadets at the Prep School in Colorado Springs. Air Force Academy Security forces are investigating the incident, the Academy said in a press release.

“If you’re outraged by those words, then you’re in the right place,” the superintendent continued. “That kind of behavior has no place at the Prep School, has no place at USAFA and has no place in the United States Air Force.”

Lt. Gen. Silveria also mentioned the current race issues going on in the country, including the violent Charlottesville, Virginia, protests and the national anthem protests in the NFL. He said the power of diversity is what makes the Academy great.

“It’s 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, that we come from all backgrounds, gender, all make-up, all upbringing,” he said. “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,” he said.

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