Cadet Candidate Admits to Writing Racist Slur On Own Door

Cadet Candidate Admits to Writing Racist Slur On Own Door

Officials say one of those cadets who was victimized was, in fact, the one responsible.

Racist messages written outside dormitory rooms at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado were written by a black cadet as a hoax.

In response to the incident, academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria gave an anti-racism speech that was shared widely on the internet and has been viewed more than one million times. "I've said it before, the area of dignity and respect is my red line".

On September 27, five African-American cadets reported finding the racial slur written on a dry-erase board outside their dorm room. "You can never over-emphasize the need for a culture of dignity and respect".

The school's director of public affairs has said the student is no longer attending the academy and has "received administrative punishment".

The prep school is separate from the academy and helps promising students meet the academy's entrance requirements.

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A U.S. Air Force Academy cadet candidate once thought to be the target of racist hate at the school was in fact the vandal who scrawled racial slurs on the whiteboards outside the dorms of he and his classmates, the academy confirmed Tuesday, Oct. 7.

The young man "admitted responsibility and this was validated by the investigation", Herritage added. "And you can't treat someone from another race or a different color skin with dignity and respect, then you need to get out".

Tracye Whitfield, the mother of one of the students whose message board was written on, posted a photo on Facebook of the slur, saying the country had to do better.

"Racism has no place at the Academy, in any shape or form".

The episode renewed concerns that falsely reported hate crimes could make it more hard for people with legitimate grievances to be taken seriously, particularly in a time when the reports of hate crimes are highly politicized. It takes just one false report "to undermine the legitimacy of other hate crimes".

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