Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, the superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, reacted sternly to an incident of racism at the Colorado institution’s preparatory school.
“If you can’t treat someone fro another race or different color skin with dignity and respect, then you need to get out,” Silveria said in a Sept. 28 speech to cadets, instructors, staff and cadet candidates.
Silveria’s remarks came in response to an incident that occurred four days earlier, in which racist remarks were scrawled on the dormitory message boards of five African American preparatory school cadets.
“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, has no place at USAFA, and has no place in the United States Air Force,” he said.
The academy’s security forces are investigating the incident.