Go Back To Where You Came From? Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria Stands Up Against Racism!
Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria had an important message for U.S. Air Force Academy cadets at a moment of crisis.
Five black cadet candidates at the academy’s preparatory school in Colorado Springs had found racial slurs written on the message boards on their doors.
Silveria, who took over as the school’s superintendent in August, urged cadets to reach for their phones.
“I want you to videotape this so you have it, so you can use it — so that we all have the moral courage together,” he said, surrounded by 1,500 of the academy’s faculty, administrators and athletic coaches.
“If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, get out.”
Silveria’s forceful denunciation has been heard far beyond the walls of the academy in Colorado, introducing the veteran officer to a national audience.
“I wanted to have a direct conversation with them about the power of diversity,” Silveria told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Friday, referring to the cadets. “Ultimately, these men and women are going to be lieutenants in the United States Air Force.”
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