Until the Age Of Obama, military education, like the active duty force, was one of the last bastions of merit in America. One entered the service academies for a government-paid education only after a rigorous, competitive vetting process designed to identify admit scholar/athletes, the best of the best, young people able, indeed willing, to adopt and live the “duty, honor, country” mindset. But Obama and his minions destroyed all of that. Our military, and the academies, became social justice laboratories with all their deranged pathologies. High-ranking officers with the warrior mindset were purged and replaced by weak men and women willing, perhaps anxious, to swear allegiance to Barack Obama and to the diversity, transgenderism, desertion in combat and treason for which he stood. As a result, our military’s readiness dropped, ships began running into things, Marines scrounge in aircraft boneyards for parts, because their planes can’t fly, and at the Air Force Academy:
When someone left racist slurs on the message boards of five black cadet candidates at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School, the academy’s superintendent didn’t even try to suppress his outrage.
In a video making the rounds on social media and posted to the Air Force Academy’s Facebook page, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria ordered his cadets to line up and pull out their phones.
If you can’t treat someone from another gender, whether that’s a man or a woman, with dignity and respect, then you need to get out,’ he said. ‘If you demean someone in any way, then you need to get out. And if you can’t treat someone from another race or different color skin with dignity and respect, then you need to get out.’
The racist slurs, discovered earlier this week, were written in black marker and said ‘Go home’ with the N-word, according to CNN affiliate KRDO.
‘If you’re outraged by those words, then you’re in the right place. That kind of behavior has no place at the Prep School,’ Silveria said.
One would think a general officer, who must surely be aware that most of the incidents of this type have turned out to be hoaxes perpetrated by the supposed “victims” as a means of starting “dialogues,” would be smart enough not to fall for it, but no…
It’s the power that we come from all walks of life, that we come from all parts of this country, that we come from all races, that we come from all backgrounds, gender, all make-up, all upbringing,’ he said. ‘The power of that diversity comes together and makes us that much more powerful.
A Colorado Senator immediately jumped on the Antifa/BLM bandwagon:
As one might expect, the media, and all the usual social justice suspects (I know: one in the same) used the incident, without the slightest confirmation, to praise Lt. General Silveria as a means of attacking President Trump, as Fox News reports:
A diverse array of political figures, such as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, praised the speech, which was reflected in The Washington Post‘s coverage of the incident.
The Washington Post ran an opinion piece, titled ‘Too bad Trump can’t emulate the military when it comes to matters of race.’ The piece compared Silveria’s response to the slur to Trump’s response to the events in Charlottesville, when a woman protesting white supremacism was killed.
‘Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria did naturally what Trump is incapable of doing. The Air Force Academy superintendent answered the hate in his ranks immediately, head-on and with a moral clarity nonexistent in the Oval Office,’ the piece stated.
The media had a hey day with the story, decrying the horrors of institutional racism, the militariness of the military, white supremacy, etc., and blaming it all on normal–particularly white–Americans, President Trump and the Republican Party. All of this was September. And then November rolled around:
A racist message posted outside an Air Force Academy dorm in September was written by one of the alleged victims, the school confirmed Tuesday, casting blaring initial coverage of the incident — which lauded the school superintendent’s forceful reaction in an apparent bid to ding President Trump — in a new light.
The student who wrote the slurs, which were discovered in September outside the rooms of five black students at an Air Force Academy dormitory in Colorado Springs, Colo., was no longer at the school, the Academy confirmed. A spokesman declined to say whether the student withdrew or was expelled, citing privacy laws. The student’s name was not released.
In a written statement Tuesday, the academy said: ‘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. The individual admitted responsibility and this was validated by the investigation.
Lt. General Silveria, rather than admitting he was all too willing to believe the institution he leads is racist–gee, wouldn’t that kind of, you know, reflect on him?–doubled down, essentially patting himself on the back for his bravery. The usual progressive organs continue to praise him, even suggesting he should run for public office after leaving the military. However, the problem is exactly the institution he leads.
Most Americans actually believe the Academies require genuine scholarship, and character, in cadets. Apparently not so at the Air Force Academy, which, like most colleges and universities, maintains a remedial high school on campus for cadets that aren’t capable of actual college level performance:
Several sources say the cadet candidate, who hasn’t been identified, committed the act in a bizarre bid to get out of trouble he faced at the school for other misconduct. The prep school offers a year of training for academy prospects who need academic help. The school is primarily used to fill athletic rosters for the academy’s 37 NCAA teams.
As I’ve often written, when a college admits students for reasons other than scholarly ability, such as filling illegal racial quotas or for the sake of other frivolous leftist initiatives, such students commonly drop out without earning a degree, but carrying a mountain of debt they have not the slightest skill, qualification or ability to pay off. Unfortunately, when this happens at a service academy, the taxpayer pays, and pays and pays. Should such people, unqualified for leadership in every way, graduate and be commissioned, their utter lack of intellect, ability and leadership can cost lives–unfortunately, usually not their own.
And speaking of leadership, this would be an ideal swamp draining opportunity for President Trump. What kind of leader not only acts without obtaining the facts, but when proved grossly wrong, praises himself for acting without obtaining the facts, because racism is bad–bad!
No one is saying racism is a good thing, or those, particularly at a service academy actually practicing it should not face consequences, but it’s important to keep things in perspective. Our military has always been ahead of the rest of society in promoting racial equality and promotion by merit regardless of race. Writing a bit of idiotic racist graffiti isn’t on the same level as giving away the nation’s secrets (and getting a sex change as a reward), or desertion in combat. After all, no one died, particularly because it didn’t happen in the first place.
This kind of hoax enrages honest Americans who are sick and tired of being called racists, even unintentional racists utterly unaware of their racism, who never practice racism, but are racists nonetheless, because not being aware one is a racist is an expression of white privilege, which is the worst kind of racism! Some black “activists” have even begun to complain such hoaxes are causing people to discount actual cases of racism. Such things are, fortunately, rare; campus hoaxes are not.
Our general officers should be focusing on the mission of defending the nation, not self-aggrandizing virtue signaling. Our service academies should be producing leaders; they should be producing warriors. With any luck, President Trump will drain this particular swamp and install a man–or woman–willing to do just that. Graffiti can be easily erased. The lives of our servicemen and women, led by unqualified, perpetually aggrieved incompetents, can also be all too easily erased.