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    Why would any dedicated racist join the military?
    https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-h...sting-military

    "I have my own reasons for wanting this training but in fear of the government tracing me and me loosing [sic] my clearance I can't share them here," Sobibor's SS informed his fellow neo-Nazis.
    One of his earlier posts indicated his reasons serve a darker purpose than defending America: "Once all the Jews are gone the world will start fixing itself."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Forgive me, but my first thought was "hoax". I can believe unhappy student makes bid for attention easier than Air Force cadet carried out Klucker-style graphitti campaign.

    These kids never knew a segregated military. Their parents and grandparents did not. It seems unlikely a virulent white supremacist would seek out this elite Air Force opportunity if living and working with POC was intolerable to them.

    I dunno whether or not to hope I'm correct.
    Valid possibility. Or was it even one of the cadets who posted the message?

    Was the reason i asked the earlier question about what the format of the "message board" is. Is it a physical bulletin board in a hallway? Or an online message board the students access for announcements?
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    Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, superintendent of the Air Force Academy, yesterday "stood all of his 4,000 cadets at attention ... [c]hins in and chests out ... to deliver a message on racial slurs found written on message boards at the academy's preparatory school," The (Colorado Springs) Gazette reports. At the culmination of his five-minute lecture on "the power of diversity" of race and gender, the general barked: "Reach for your phones. I'm serious: Reach for your phones. ... Grab your phones. I want you to videotape this — so that you have it, so that you can use it, so that we all have the moral courage together."

    Then he said: "If you can't treat someone with dignity and respect, then get out." The general turned and left.

    The academy says in a release that "five black students woke up Tuesday to find 'Go Home' followed by an epithet scrawled on message boards outside their rooms."

    More from Silveria, an '85 graduate of the academy: "If you're outraged by those words, then you're in the right place ... We would ... be tone deaf not to think about the backdrop of what's going on in our country — things like Charlottesville and Ferguson, the protests in the NFL."

    https://www.axios.com/air-force-acad...490875750.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Rumors have abounded for quite awhile that the Air Force is quite racist and homophobic. I don't have any idea if that's true. Also that white supremacist groups have heavily infiltrated the military. One article I saw said Aryan Nation is involved there as much as in prisons.
    Not only that, but the Military Religious Freedom Foundation was started by a (conservative Republican) Jewish former USAF officer because one of his children was suffering religious persecution there just for being Jewish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the watchman View Post
    the military was where I was pretty much introduced to racism. But, that was a long time ago. And , in fairness, not everyone was ok with it.
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    How was it possible that a long time you made to adulthood without witnessing or being a victim of racism in America?
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    that's not what I said. But, why would it be such a strange thing for someone not to have wintessed or been a victim of racism?
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    Because you see racism under every rock.
    just take a little time to let this exchange sink in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Forgive me, but my first thought was "hoax". I can believe unhappy student makes bid for attention easier than Air Force cadet carried out Klucker-style graphitti campaign.

    These kids never knew a segregated military. Their parents and grandparents did not. It seems unlikely a virulent white supremacist would seek out this elite Air Force opportunity if living and working with POC was intolerable to them.

    I dunno whether or not to hope I'm correct.
    well, it's not being handled as a hoax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pragmatic View Post
    Valid possibility. Or was it even one of the cadets who posted the message?

    Was the reason i asked the earlier question about what the format of the "message board" is. Is it a physical bulletin board in a hallway? Or an online message board the students access for announcements?
    @pragmatic,the message boards are essentially white boards, bolted to the wall with a cadet's name applied to the frame.
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    The U.S. Air Force Academy is currently investigating an incident of racial slurs written on the dormitory message boards of five black cadets at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School earlier this week.

    Lieutenant Colonel Allen Heritage, director of public affairs for the academy, told Air Force Times the slurs were discovered Monday after one of the cadet’s mother’s posted a photo to Facebook on Wednesday that shows a white board with the words “go home n*" on it. The post has since been removed.
    “This is why I’m so hurt!” the mother said. “These young people are supposed to bond and protect each other and the country. Who would my son have to watch out for? The enemy or the enemy?”
    At Air Force Academy, Black Students Told to ?Go Home?

    I suspect this is something we all can agree is unacceptable as well as clearly racist.
    I think he said GET OUT 5 times but close enough. A general who told his cadets, PULL OUT YOUR CAMERAS, I want you to get this! A general who isn't 'politically' correct. A general with REAL balls ("brass" ones).
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post


    Well that's awkward...
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