Disgusting. That’s the first word that came to mind when I heard about the controversy stirring the ranks of the Air Force Academy. A few weeks ago, four black cadets were horrified after racist tripe was scrawled outside their dorm rooms.
The incident caused a flurry of reactions from the school. Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria promised to root out the perpetrator. His speech regarding the evils of racism went viral it was so powerfully given.
And then the story fell apart.
The crude messages weren’t written by an angry white supremacist, but instead by one of the “victims” himself.
“We can confirm that one of the cadet candidates who was allegedly targeted by racist remarks written outside of their dorm room was actually responsible for the act,” academy spokesman Lt. Col. Allen Herritage wrote in an email. “The individual admitted responsibility and this was validated by the investigation.”
The guilty cadet’s name is being kept quiet. The left is so intent on seeing racism behind every door that they’ll probably try to finagle some sort of defense that portrays the cadet as a victim.
“Regardless of the circumstances under which those words were written, they were written, and that deserved to be addressed,” Lt. Gen. Silveria told the Colorado Springs Gazette. “You can never overemphasize the need for a culture of dignity and respect — and those who don’t understand those concepts, aren’t welcome here.”
It’s a relief that the Academy didn’t try to hush up the story.
“We will continue to create a climate of dignity and respect for all, encourage ideas that do so, and hold those who fail to uphold these standards accountable,” the school’s spokesman said.
(Source: New York Post)