Air Force Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria was quick to react in September to allegations of racism at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. But now the incident that sparked the general’s reaction has been proven a hoax. Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria delivered a video on Facebook that quickly went viral after reports of “racism” on campus. In the video the Gen. addressed his cadets, saying, “If you can’t treat someone from another race or different color skin with dignity and respect, then you need to get out”: According to the Washington Post, the message “Go home,” followed by the N-word, was written in black marker on the message boards of five black cadet candidates. The academy pledged to launch a full investigation into the incident. But now, it appears that the incident was a hoax all along. Investigators found that one of the black students himself had written the “racist” message, the Associated Press reported. The cadet who reportedly admitted to writing the obscene message is no longer at the school. Authorities have declined to say whether he was expelled or if he withdrew of his own volition. Officials have also declined to identify the student. Lt. Gen. Silveria defended his widely seen response video by saying the sentiment was still relevant even though the incident has proven to be a hoax. “Regardless of the circumstances under which those words were written, they were written, and that deserved to be addressed,” the general told the Gazette 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.”
Talk about CYA.. Wow… The whole thing was a hoax, and yet the Superintendent didn’t walk it back one bit upon learning that. It’s probably the safe, politically correct, thing to do for someone who probably aspires to get his 4th star. But, it’s poor leadership. After all, if you’ve seen the video (if not, click on the text above), he reams his people assuming they were part of this “racist” act. Come to find out, it never happened! Instead of being stubborn and sticking to the liberal, pc, talking points, the general should have had a team huddle ..and addressed this latest twist, with a little humility. Maybe say he’s “grateful” to learn that nobody here was part of anything like that, and that the person who was, has left the school.
A black man was arrested and charged Tuesday after posting dozens of racial and threatening signs in downtown Colorado Springs, including outside a predominantly black church. Vincent Broughton, 44, admitted to posting the signs in an interview with a local ABC affiliate. Police charged him with a bias motivated crime, disorderly conduct, harassment and littering. “I did it. Probably about 100 or so, I’d come downtown everyday and put up the posters,” Mr. Broughton told ABC. The signs were first posted outside the New Covenant Church of God in Christ near downtown Colorado Springs. Many referenced the KKK. “Black men beware, you are the target,” one sign read. The messages, posted less than two weeks after nine black congregants were fatally shot in a Charleston, South Carolina, church, had New Covenant on edge. “We locked our doors this morning, so we were inside, but it shouldn’t be that way,” Pastor Roland Joyner told a local CBS affiliate. “You shouldn’t have to lock your doors in the church, it’s just … I’m speechless.” On Monday morning, three signs were found outside the Relevant World Christian Cultural Center, a culturally diverse church near downtown Colorado Springs. One sign read, “this church works for the KKK,” ABC reported. “I want people to know how corrupt these people that run the town are, the police department, city council and people in the community,” Mr. Broughton told ABC. The man said he’s had a bad experience with city officials, but he did not tell police why he targeted the churches.
This is so rich… First of all.. What a nutcase! Glad he was caught, and at least had the integrity (however crazy and deranged he is) to admit that he was the nutcase behind all of this. Assuming he did all of this, hopefully he’ll get a VERY steep fine, and do some jail time. That’s the very least he deserves for stirring up Colorado Springs. And, the local media needs to get this story out to everyone. They need to know that, no, the Klan didn’t do this; a crazy black guy did this.