Air Force Acad­emy leader gives pow­er­ful speech on race

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - WEATHER -

AIR FORCE ACAD­EMY, COLO. » The leader of the Air Force Acad­emy de­liv­ered a poignant and stern mes­sage on race re­la­tions in a speech to thousands of cadets after some­one wrote racial slurs on mes­sage boards out­side the dorm rooms of five black stu­dents.

Lt. Gen. Jay Sil­ve­ria warned stu­dents that he would not tol­er­ate racism at the acad­emy and in­voked some of the racial ten­sions that have been grip­ping the country. At one point, he in­sisted that ev­ery­one in the au­di­ence take out their phones and record him so his mes­sage was clearly heard.

“If you can’t treat some­one with dig­nity and re­spect, get out,” he said as au­di­ence mem­bers looked on with rapt at­ten­tion.

Air Force se­cu­rity per­son­nel are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent after the slurs were dis­cov­ered Tues­day. Racial slurs are il­le­gal in the mil­i­tary and can bring charges of vi­o­lat­ing or­ders and con­duct un­be­com­ing an of­fi­cer.

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