In a fiery speech the superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy tells racist white nationalists to “Get out!”
Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, the head of the Air Force Academy, delivered a powerful message on Thursday after some obnoxious racial slurs were found on the academy’s campus.
The racial slurs were found written outside five black Air Force cadet candidates’ dorm rooms. One message read:
Go Home N**ger
The New York Times reports:
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.
In his fiery address condemning racist white nationalists Silveria declared:
If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, then you need to get out. If you can’t treat someone from another gender, whether that’s a man or a woman, with dignity and respect, then you need to get out.
The general continued:
If you demean someone in any way, then you need to get out. And if you can’t treat someone from another race or a different color skin with dignity and respect, then you need to get out.
Commenting directly on the racial slurs General Silveria declared:
You should be outraged not only as an airman, but as a human being.
General Silveria was clear that the racial slurs found at the academy were related to the deplorable alt-right, and the racist white nationalists recently emboldened by the election of Donald trump, noting:
We would be naive to think that we shouldn’t discuss this topic. We would also be tone-deaf not to think about the backdrop of what’s going on in our country. Things like Charlottesville and Ferguson, the protests in the NFL.
The powerful speech has gone viral, and has received widespread support, including a message from former Vice President Joe Biden:
There is only one way to confront hatred and prejudice: head on. Well said, Lt. Gen Silveria. https://t.co/vQ2Aflo8Tx
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 29, 2017
Bottom line: By forcefully condemning racist white nationalists at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria is doing the right thing, for the right reasons.
Watch Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria’s fiery speech below –