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DENVER (AP) — Racial slurs posted outside the dorm rooms of five black students at the Air Force Academy were written by one of those students, the school said Tuesday.

The announcement was a jarring turn in an episode that prompted the academy’s superintendent to warn students that racists were not welcome at the school — a speech that attracted nationwide attention.

The student is no longer at the school, the academy said. A spokesman declined to say whether the student withdrew or was expelled, citing privacy laws. The student’s name wasn’t released.

The slurs were found in September at a dormitory that houses students attending the academy’s prep school. The prep school is on the academy grounds but not part of the four-year academy program. It helps promising students meet the academy’s entrance requirements.

In a written statement Tuesday, the academy said, “We can confirm that one of the cadet candidates who was allegedly targeted by racist remarks written outside of their dorm room was actually responsible for the act. The individual admitted responsibility and this was validated by the investigation.”

The statement added, “Racism has no place at the academy, in any shape or form.”

Academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria gave his stern speech to cadets shortly after the slurs were reported. A video of the speech was posted online and has been viewed thousands of times.

“If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, get out,” he said.

At one point, he insisted that everyone in the audience take out their phones and record him so his message was clearly heard.

The slurs appeared in the aftermath of racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and amid a debate about NFL players kneeling for the national anthem.

“We would also be tone deaf not to think about the backdrop of what is going on in our country,” Silveria told cadets. “Things like Charlottesville, Ferguson, the protests in the NFL.”

Silveria stood by his speech Tuesday, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported .

“Regardless of the circumstances under which those words were written, they were written, and that deserved to be addressed,” he said in an email to the newspaper. “You can never over-emphasize the need for a culture of dignity and respect — and those who don’t understand those concepts, aren’t welcome here.”

Silveria, a veteran fighter pilot who directed the air war in the Middle East, took command at the school in August. He graduated from the academy in 1985 and has repeatedly told cadets and staff that his highest priority is ensuring a climate of dignity and respect.

The academy has struggled with sexual misconduct problems several times in recent years, but few racial incidents have been made public.

The academy, outside Colorado Springs, has about 4,000 students. The prep school usually accepts about 240 students.

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10 thoughts on “Air Force Says Racial Slurs Were Actually Made By One Of The Victims

  1. Donny Tee on said:

    Racial slurs posted outside the dorm rooms of five black students at the Air Force Academy were written by one of those students, the school said Tuesday. Obviously whoever wrote the article “Was “Race baiting.”
    “One of the prep school students!” Not necessarily one of the “Black students.”
    And further more, any one of those “Black students” have 10xs the IQ of any of you coward ass white boys!
    So take your “Narrow minded hateful rhetoric back to the cave with you. You low IQ, white pos!

    • blackboy, it is a well known fact that blacks have the lowest iq of any race. As a white man I admit asians score highest. That doesn’t change the fact that there hasn’t been an iq test administered in history where blacks havent scored the lowest. And ya’ll have the smallest brains as well! 100 percent true blackboy lf now for affirmative action these blackstars would be cleaning toilets

  2. First off, this is sad all the way around. People are people! The cadet who wrote the slurs could be in another minorty group and not black. It pays to have all the facts before you point fingers.

    Second, I say Silveria for President!

    • Donny Tee on said:

      “Low IQ, Unrefined facial features. WTF does that even mean??
      I bet I look ten times better then you, and I have an IQ that’s higher then yours too!
      And how would you know about IQs I bet you never have taken one.
      You are showing your intelligence just by that ignorant hateful stateful hateful statement you just made. And I know that you wouldn’t dare say any of that to My or any black person face!
      See I don’t need to disrespect a whole race of people, to get get at your dumb ass!
      Thank you for showing me just how intelligent you really are. Because are stupid as they come.

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