Racial Incident That Sparked Outrage At The Air Force Academy Found To Be A Hoax.

In late September, there was an alleged racial incident at the US Air Force Preparatory School. Five black students found racially charged writing on the message boards outside of their rooms.

The Prep School is on the ground of the Air Force Academy and it is designed to help prepare people to enter into the Air Force Academy itself.

After the incidents were reported, the head of the Air Force Academy, Lt. Gen. Jay B. Silveria, had some strong words concerning what had happened:

In a five-minute address in front of the academy’s 4,000 cadets and 1,500 staff members, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria affirmed the Air Force’s belief in “the power of diversity” and insisted that “small thinking and horrible ideas” had no place there.

He was responding to racial slurs that were found on the dormitory message boards of five black students at a preparatory school on the academy’s campus on Monday, said the academy, which is investigating.

“If you’re outraged by those words then you’re in the right place,” General Silveria said. “You should be outraged not only as an airman, but as a human being.”

“If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect–then you need to get out.”-Lt. Gen. Jay B. Silveria, Superintendent @AF_Academy
— U.S. Air Force (@usairforce) Sept. 28, 2017

He then explicitly linked the discovery of the slurs to events like the demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., where white supremacists marched with torches in August, and Ferguson, Mo., where the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a police officer in 2014 set off protests across the country. He said that these events formed a backdrop that had to be addressed, and that to think otherwise would be “tone deaf.”

After calling for a civil discourse, he spoke of the power of various forms of diversity, evoking “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, we come from all backgrounds, gender, all makeup, all upbringing.”

He added: “This is our institution and no one can take away our values. No one can write on a board and question our values.”

We hope those values include a strong stand against lying and false allegations as the incidents have been found to be false.

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – A cadet candidate was kicked out of the Air Force Academy Preparatory School after writing racial slurs on the message boards of a group of black students also attending the school.

Air Force Academy officials believe the suspect behind the act was actually one of the students who also claimed to have the racial remark on his board.

The Air Force Academy sent out the following statement Tuesday:

“The individual admitted responsibility and this was validated by the investigation… Racism has no place at the Academy, in any shape or form. 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.”

From another source:

An investigation by the US Air Force Academy has determined an African-American cadet who reported a racist message outside their dorm room is the person responsible for the messages left on several message boards.

In incident was a hoax. A lie. A fabrication.

Of course, the problem with this is that some people will claim that because this alleged incident was a hoax, that all incidents are hoaxes.

To make that claim is naive.

Racism exists. Whether it is racism against blacks, whites, Asians, Hispanics or whomever, racism exists. Saying it doesn’t exist because of a false claim is like saying people don’t get raped because 5% of all rape claims are false.

Fake claims of things like this harm investigations, discussions and attempts at solutions to real incidents. In order to make any progress, both sides of the racial coin must be acknowledged. Both real and false claims must be discussed and addressed.

When Lt. Gen. Jay B. Silveria made his remarks on racism following the incident, people applauded and said what a great thing it was that he was addressing the incident. Sliveria’s remarks were even on the Air Force Academy’s website.

Now that page is gone.

The page also included a description of the “incident” that led to the remarks. The link now comes up with a “404 error.”

So much for discussion both sides of the “racism coin.”

If there was a police report filed on this incident, we hope the person responsible is charged with filing a false report. Time, effort and money went into an investigation of an event that did not occur. That’s time and money that could have been spent on real cases of racism.

We aren’t holding our breath though.

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