Back in September, racial slurs were found written on the dorm room whiteboards of five black cadets at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs. Outrage over yet another hate crime spread as fast as the photos did online.
At the time, Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria went ballistic with his responses, saying, “There is absolutely no place in our Air Force for racism. It's not who we are, nor will we tolerate it in any shape or fashion.I’ve said it before, the area of dignity and respect is my red line. Let me be clear; it won't be crossed without significant repercussions."
Silveria also met with the cadets to denounce hate and ensure them that, “Diversity is a strength of our Academy and our Air Force. We are stronger when we take into account the views of those with different backgrounds and life experiences.”
After the Air Force investigated the incident, the outcome was like so many others before it: a fake hate crime. After all of the posturing and sermonizing fit for an ever-offended culture, it turned out that one of the black cadets who was “targeted” was the phantom racist. His name has not been released, but he is no longer at the preparatory academy. It isn’t known if he was expelled or left and the Air Force is keeping all the details under wraps, citing privacy.