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Posted by on Sep. 29, 2017 at 6:40 AM
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(USAFA), addressed cadets on Thursday in a powerful speech about treating one another with “dignity and respect” after racial slurs were written outside five black Air Force cadet candidates’ dorm rooms.

One message—which was posted on Facebook by a young cadet candidate’s mom—read, “go home n**ger.”

“There is absolutely no place in our Air Force for racism,” Silveria told the Air Force Times, adding, “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.”

And clear he was. In a speech Silveria gave to Air Force cadets Thursday, the general addressed the incident head-on; during the roughly 5-minute lecture, the superintendent resoundingly denounced racism, and demonstrated the kind of moral clarity one would expect from a leader.

“If you’re outraged by those words, then you’re in the right place,” Silveria said of the racist graffiti. ”That kind of behavior has no place at the prep school, it has no place at USAFA and it has no place in the United States Air Force.”

“You should be outraged not only as an airman, but as a human being,” he added.

Silveria noted the incident occurred in the context of fraught racial tensions in the United States as a whole. “We would be naive to think we shouldn’t discuss this topic,” he said. “We’d 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.”

“What we should have is a civil discourse, and talk about these issues,” Silveria suggested. “That’s a better idea.”

“I also have a better idea, and it’s about our diversity,” he continued. “And it’s the power of the diversity … the power of us as a diverse group. The power that we come from all walks of life, that we come from all parts of this county, that we come from all races, all backgrounds, gender, all makeup, all upbringings. The power of that diversity comes together and makes us that much more powerful.”

“We have an opportunity here to think about what we are as an institution,” Silveria said. “This is our institution and no one can take away our values. No one can write on a board and question our values. No one can take that away from us.”

He called upon his cadets to find the “moral courage” to stand up for those values.

“So just in case you’re unclear on where I stand on this topic, I’m going to leave you with my most important thought today,” he said. “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. 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 of skin, with dignity and respect, than you need to get out.”

“If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, then get out,” Silveria repeated.

Watch the video below, via NBC’s Colorado Springs affiliate KOAA:

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12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Sep. 29, 2017 at 7:00 AM
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Why is the person who wrote the note being asked to get out as opposed to being dismissed? I certainly hope before such a speech was given that they would know who wrote the racial notes, because many of these in the past have turned out to be hoaxes. If this does turn out to be a hoax I hope it to be followed with an equally rebuking speech. 


bluefirewolf
by Platinum Member on Sep. 29, 2017 at 7:04 AM
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"many"  ?  how do you know this? site your stats and sources please

Quoting 12hellokitty:

Why is the person who wrote the note being asked to get out as opposed to being dismissed? I certainly hope before such a speech was given that they would know who wrote the racial notes, because many of these in the past have turned out to be hoaxes. If this does turn out to be a hoax I hope it to be followed with an equally rebuking speech. 



12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Sep. 29, 2017 at 7:13 AM

www.fakehatecrimes.org/

Quoting bluefirewolf:

"many"  ?  how do you know this? site your stats and sources please

Quoting 12hellokitty:

Why is the person who wrote the note being asked to get out as opposed to being dismissed? I certainly hope before such a speech was given that they would know who wrote the racial notes, because many of these in the past have turned out to be hoaxes. If this does turn out to be a hoax I hope it to be followed with an equally rebuking speech. 




Bookwormy
by Ruby Member on Sep. 29, 2017 at 7:13 AM
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This is hugely powerful. It's a shame this wasn't trump's speech after Charlottesville.

Quoting bluefirewolf:

(USAFA), addressed cadets on Thursday in a powerful speech about treating one another with “dignity and respect” after racial slurs were written outside five black Air Force cadet candidates’ dorm rooms.

One message—which was posted on Facebook by a young cadet candidate’s mom—read, “go home n**ger.”

“There is absolutely no place in our Air Force for racism,” Silveria told the Air Force Times, adding, “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.”

And clear he was. In a speech Silveria gave to Air Force cadets Thursday, the general addressed the incident head-on; during the roughly 5-minute lecture, the superintendent resoundingly denounced racism, and demonstrated the kind of moral clarity one would expect from a leader.

“If you’re outraged by those words, then you’re in the right place,” Silveria said of the racist graffiti. ”That kind of behavior has no place at the prep school, it has no place at USAFA and it has no place in the United States Air Force.”

“You should be outraged not only as an airman, but as a human being,” he added.

Silveria noted the incident occurred in the context of fraught racial tensions in the United States as a whole. “We would be naive to think we shouldn’t discuss this topic,” he said. “We’d 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.”

“What we should have is a civil discourse, and talk about these issues,” Silveria suggested. “That’s a better idea.”

“I also have a better idea, and it’s about our diversity,” he continued. “And it’s the power of the diversity … the power of us as a diverse group. The power that we come from all walks of life, that we come from all parts of this county, that we come from all races, all backgrounds, gender, all makeup, all upbringings. The power of that diversity comes together and makes us that much more powerful.”

“We have an opportunity here to think about what we are as an institution,” Silveria said. “This is our institution and no one can take away our values. No one can write on a board and question our values. No one can take that away from us.”

He called upon his cadets to find the “moral courage” to stand up for those values.

“So just in case you’re unclear on where I stand on this topic, I’m going to leave you with my most important thought today,” he said. “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. 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 of skin, with dignity and respect, than you need to get out.”

“If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, then get out,” Silveria repeated.

Watch the video below, via NBC’s Colorado Springs affiliate KOAA:

bluefirewolf
by Platinum Member on Sep. 29, 2017 at 7:31 AM
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I know right?  But instead we got "fine people"  

Quoting Bookwormy: This is hugely powerful. It's a shame this wasn't trump's speech after Charlottesville.
Quoting bluefirewolf:

(USAFA), addressed cadets on Thursday in a powerful speech about treating one another with “dignity and respect” after racial slurs were written outside five black Air Force cadet candidates’ dorm rooms.

One message—which was posted on Facebook by a young cadet candidate’s mom—read, “go home n**ger.”

“There is absolutely no place in our Air Force for racism,” Silveria told the Air Force Times, adding, “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.”

And clear he was. In a speech Silveria gave to Air Force cadets Thursday, the general addressed the incident head-on; during the roughly 5-minute lecture, the superintendent resoundingly denounced racism, and demonstrated the kind of moral clarity one would expect from a leader.

“If you’re outraged by those words, then you’re in the right place,” Silveria said of the racist graffiti. ”That kind of behavior has no place at the prep school, it has no place at USAFA and it has no place in the United States Air Force.”

“You should be outraged not only as an airman, but as a human being,” he added.

Silveria noted the incident occurred in the context of fraught racial tensions in the United States as a whole. “We would be naive to think we shouldn’t discuss this topic,” he said. “We’d 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.”

“What we should have is a civil discourse, and talk about these issues,” Silveria suggested. “That’s a better idea.”

“I also have a better idea, and it’s about our diversity,” he continued. “And it’s the power of the diversity … the power of us as a diverse group. The power that we come from all walks of life, that we come from all parts of this county, that we come from all races, all backgrounds, gender, all makeup, all upbringings. The power of that diversity comes together and makes us that much more powerful.”

“We have an opportunity here to think about what we are as an institution,” Silveria said. “This is our institution and no one can take away our values. No one can write on a board and question our values. No one can take that away from us.”

He called upon his cadets to find the “moral courage” to stand up for those values.

“So just in case you’re unclear on where I stand on this topic, I’m going to leave you with my most important thought today,” he said. “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. 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 of skin, with dignity and respect, than you need to get out.”

“If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, then get out,” Silveria repeated.

Watch the video below, via NBC’s Colorado Springs affiliate KOAA:




billsfan1104
by on Sep. 29, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Have they arrested anyone yet??  Why cant anyone wait until an investigation is over anymore, before going out and blaming people?

canadianmom1974
by Platinum Member on Sep. 29, 2017 at 8:56 AM
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I didn’t see blame being laid, just expectations being clearly laid out. It’s sad that that even has to be done, but it appears that some need it spelled out in no uncertain terms that racism is not acceptable.

Quoting billsfan1104:

Have they arrested anyone yet??  Why cant anyone wait until an investigation is over anymore, before going out and blaming people?

billsfan1104
by on Sep. 29, 2017 at 8:58 AM

When you(GENERAL) jumped right to blaming racism, without it being investigated, you are laying blame.  We do not know if this is a hoax or not.  We should not jump to conclusions, until an investigation is done. 

Quoting canadianmom1974: I didn’t see blame being laid, just expectations being clearly laid out. It’s sad that that even has to be done, but it appears that some need it spelled out in no uncertain terms that racism is not acceptable.
Quoting billsfan1104:

Have they arrested anyone yet??  Why cant anyone wait until an investigation is over anymore, before going out and blaming people?


canadianmom1974
by Platinum Member on Sep. 29, 2017 at 9:10 AM
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The General would, presumably, know the status of any investigation and he felt comfortable with labelling this racism. However, even if this particular incident turns out to be a hoax, is addressing the racism that does exist (and let’s be honest, it does) and making it clear that it is not acceptable, a bad thing?

Quoting billsfan1104:

When you(GENERAL) jumped right to blaming racism, without it being investigated, you are laying blame.  We do not know if this is a hoax or not.  We should not jump to conclusions, until an investigation is done. 

Quoting canadianmom1974: I didn�t see blame being laid, just expectations being clearly laid out. It�s sad that that even has to be done, but it appears that some need it spelled out in no uncertain terms that racism is not acceptable.



Quoting billsfan1104:

Have they arrested anyone yet??  Why cant anyone wait until an investigation is over anymore, before going out and blaming people?

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