Following the current racism tensions in the United States, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, head of a U.S Air Force school has told his cadets that there is no place for racists in his academy. Addressing racism slurs found outside black cadets’ dormitories, he told the cadets that they should be outrageous, not just as Airmen, but also as human beings.
According to the Air Force Times, five black candidates at the preparatory academy found “go home” with racial epithet messages outside their rooms earlier in the week.
Despite the fact that the incident did not happen at his academy, Lt. Gen. Silveria acknowledged that he would be naïve to assume that everything was perfect in his Colorado preparatory school.
Silveria also said that they’d be tone deaf not to notice what is going on in the country. Noting a series of things like the Charlottesville, Ferguson, and the NFL anthem protests.
The Lieutenant did not forget to talk to the cadets about the power of diversity. Telling them that the fact that they come from all walks of life, all parts of the country, from different backgrounds, and that from all races should be their uniting force.
His closing message carried all the weight of the entire speech; he even asked the cadets to use their handsets to record the piece.
“If you need it and you need my words, then you keep these words,” said Silveria. “And you use them and you remember them and you share them and you talk about them: If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, then get out.”