UPDATE: Air Force Academy superintendent to bigoted cadets: Get out
After the discovery of racist scrawlings on massage boards outside the dormitory doors of black cadet candidates at the U.S. Air Force Academy preparatory school in Colorado, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, the academy's superintendent, had a message so vehement and impassioned that he instructed a 4,000-strong audience to get out their phones and capture the moment for future reference.
The key passage:
Watch the video here via the academy's official YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=WfjZ1otkS3o):
Speaking early Saturday on NPR's "Weekend Edition," (https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjiqpbfls3WAhUKl1QKHbnVDtQQFggoMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.npr.org%2F2017%2F09%2F30%2F554698359%2Fair-force-academy-leader-addresses-racist-writing&usg=AOvVaw1ABcknxegwpY4MyaXTnCoP) the superintendent said that the academy still did not know who perpetrated the messages but that they appeared to have been written in the same hand.
The academy, he said, is not marred by a racist environment. Small-minded thinking, though, he said, had caused in at least one member of the community a "failure to recognize the power of diversity."
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