Lt. Gen. Jay B. Silveria, superintendent of the Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado, was outraged after the words “go home n*****r” were written on the dormitory message boards of five black cadet candidates.
Silveria told the Air Force Times the official policy of the school:
There is absolutely no place in our Air Force for racism. It‘s not who we are, nor will we tolerate it in any shape or fashion. The Air Force Academy strives to create a climate of dignity and respect for all … period … those who don’t understand that are behind the power curve and better catch up.
Silveria saved his harshest words for the cadets themselves during a speech, reports KOAA:
If you’re outraged by those words, then you’re in the right place. That kind of behavior has no place at the prep school, it has no place at USAFA and it has no place in the United States Air Force. You should be outraged not only as an airman, but as a human being…
So just in case you’re unclear on where I stand on this topic, I’m going to leave you with my most important thought today,” he said. “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 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 of skin, with dignity and respect, then you need to get out. If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, then get out.