Leader won’t tolerate racism on AFA campus
Author: The Pueblo Chieftain Editorial Board - October 3, 2017 - Updated: October 3, 2017
The Air Force Academy won’t tolerate racism on campus, Superintendent Jay Silveria said in stern, no-nonsense message to thousands of cadets last week. Lt. Gen. Silveria reacted quickly and appropriately after someone wrote racial slurs on message boards outside the dorm rooms of five black students enrolled in the academy’s preparatory school.
“If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, get out,” he told an assembly of the academy’s 4,000 students and 1,500 staff members.
Silveria, who has been superintendent just since August, displayed superlative leadership in condemning the racial slurs. It’s good that his speech has been a widely viewed video online, reaching across the country to all kinds of people, both military and civilian.