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Black Cadet Admits He Was Behind Racist Messages That Sparked Scandal At Academy

The Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, Colorado was rocked by a scandal that led to a powerful condemnation of racism by the academy’s superintendent. New information has emerged on the scandal itself, and it turns out that it was nothing more than a hoax. As the Independent Journal Review shares, a black cadet has come forward to admit he was the one that was behind the racist remarks.

Back in September, the academy was up in arms over the appearance of racist messages that appeared outside of the dorm rooms of five black cadets. The academy launched an immediate investigation, and the academy's superintendent, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, delivered a fiery speech to the school that received a ton of publicity.

“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,” he said. “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 was right on the money with his remarks, but it appears that he and the rest of the academy got worked up for the wrong reasons. Academy spokesman Lt. Col. Allen Herritage provided some clarity on what the investigation uncovered.

“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,” he wrote. “The individual admitted responsibility and this was validated by the investigation.”

It’s unclear if the cadet was expelled or if he chose to leave, but it’s been confirmed that he’s no longer at the academy. Silveria has also offered up his thoughts, and he rightfully stands by the remarks he made in the speech.

“Regardless of the circumstances under which those words were written, they were written, and that deserved to be addressed. 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.”

That’s perfectly fair, but the fact remains that a major controversy was caused over an incident that was proven to be completely staged. There was a rush to judgement before the investigation was completed, and the facts told a completely different story. It’s unclear why it took so long for the academy to get to the bottom of things, but this should serve as yet another cautionary tale for those that insist on rushing to judgement.

There have been far too many scandalous stories of late that have been proven to be much ado about nothing, and there’s something to be said for waiting for all the facts to emerge before putting a bow on things.

Source: Independent Journal Review
Photo: Denver 7

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