Shocker: ‘Hate Crime’ Hoax at Air Force Academy Exposed

Posted by on Nov 08, 2017 at 7:29 am
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A good rule of thumb these days is when one of these so-called “hate crime” stories pop up believe the exact opposite, and in most cases, believe the accuser is guilty of the offense. It happens with such frequency now that any real case probably won’t be believe short of videotaped evidence.

This is what the left has created and they need to own it.

In late September, five black cadet candidates found racial slurs scrawled on message boards on their doors at the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School. One candidate found the words “go home n*****r” written outside his room, his mother posted on social media, according to the Air Force Times.

The racist messages roiled the academy in Colorado Springs and prompted the school to launch an investigation. They led its superintendent to deliver a stern speech that decried the “horrible language” and drew national attention for its eloquence.

Surrounded by 1,500 members of the school’s staff, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria told cadets to take out their phones and videotape the speech, “so you can use it . . . so that we all have the moral courage together.”

“If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect,” Silveria said, “then get out.”

The speech, which the academy posted on YouTube, went viral. It was watched nearly 1.2 million times, grabbed headlines nationwide, and was commended by the likes of former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

It’s amazing how so many politicians continue to fall for this stuff when anyone with even a slightly functioning brain can see these stories are usually bogus.

But on Tuesday, the school made a jolting announcement. The person responsible for the racist messages, the academy said, was, in fact, one of the cadet candidates who reported being targeted by them.

“The individual admitted responsibility and this was validated by the investigation,” academy spokesman Lt. Col. Allen Herritage said in a statement to the Associated Press, adding: “Racism has no place at the academy, in any shape or form.”

The cadet candidate accused of crafting the messages was not identified, but the Colorado Springs Gazette reported that the individual is no longer enrolled at the school. Sources also told the Gazette the cadet candidate “committed the act in a bizarre bid to get out of trouble he faced at the school for other misconduct,” the newspaper reported.

The announcement thrust the Air Force Academy Preparatory School onto a growing list of recent “hate crime hoaxes” — instances in which acts of racism or anti-Semitism were later found to be committed by someone in the targeted minority group.

Just one problem there. Actual cases of anti-Semitism are on the rise, but those are typically grossly under-reported since the perpetrator are usually on the left. Meanwhile, the “powerful” message delivered by the AFA superintendent now looks absurd, and he should resign in shame. Instead, he doubled down.

“Regardless of the circumstances under which those words were written, they were written, and that deserved to be addressed,” Silveria told the Colorado Springs Gazette in a Tuesday email. “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.”

“Regardless” of the circumstances. Oof. Pull the plug on thus guy, he has zero credibility.

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11 Responses to “Shocker: ‘Hate Crime’ Hoax at Air Force Academy Exposed”

  1. Tucker Steele on 8/08/17 at 8:08 am

    Jammie,

    I have to disagree with you on your final comment. What else could the LTG have said? He knows that he got it wrong, but if he didn’t say anything, he would have been in a media shit storm. Now that the truth came out, his answer was the easiest way to make the situation go away. Anything else and either the left or right would be raising hell. This comment is so generic and political that both sides will dislike it, but probably not do much more than mutter.

  2. AZ Jeff on 8/08/17 at 9:00 am

    If the LTG had a smidgen of a backbone, he would have reserved his condemnation until after the investigation was completed. America does not need knee jerk bureaucrats training the next generation of fighter pilots. Never confuse precise analysis and immediate action with knee jerk response. Knee jerk responses get innocent people killed.

  3. Hank on 8/08/17 at 10:10 am

    It’s not that these stories are “usually bogus” so far they’ve been bogus 100% of the time.

  4. Lokki on 8/08/17 at 12:20 pm

    Here’s another recent Hate Crime Hoax in Kansas

    An incident in which racist slurs were painted on a car near the Kansas State University campus last week was a hoax, and the man who painted the slurs has apologized.

    Riley County Police reported Monday afternoon that the owner of the car, Dauntarius Williams, 21, of Manhattan, admitted to investigators he was responsible for the graffiti.

    Last Wednesday Riley County Police Department were called to an apartment parking lot on Claflin Road and found a car that had been defaced with racial slurs and threats.

    The N-word was written with yellow paint across the rear windshield of the car. Other racially offensive language — “White’s Only,” “Die,” and “Date your own kind,” was also painted on the windshield and side doors of the car.

    Reports of the incident led African American students on the campus to call a meeting that evening to talk about possible racism near the K-State campus.

    Law enforcement officials, however, decided not to file charges against Williams.

    Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article183086416.html#storylink=cpy

  5. Diggs on 8/08/17 at 1:22 pm

    To fully understand what’s happening here, you need to know what the Academy Preparatory Schools are designed to do. In order to meet Affirmative Action quotas, the Service Academies admit cadets who do not have the requisite High School level skills in core areas (reading, writing and mathematics) to compete successfully in the academies. So the Preparatory Academy is supposed to get them up to speed, a sort of High School within the Academy. The idea that not enough minorities apply to the Academies for them to accept fully qualified HS graduates AND fill their AA quota is laughable, so the Preparatory Academy is filled with those unqualified by academics, but qualified by political pull. So when something like this happens in that school, there’s a LOT of political pressure to see something done about it. Yes, LtGen Silver went overboard, but anything less than that, and the political shitstorm that followed would have been even worse.

  6. Xyzzy on 8/08/17 at 3:09 pm

    >> “If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect,” Silveria said, “then get out.”

    >> “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.”

    >> [The] individual is no longer enrolled at the school.

    Exactly what did he say that was wrong? They found the person who treated people with indignity and disrespect and cashiered him.

  7. bandit on 9/09/17 at 7:40 am

    “Regardless of the circumstances under which those words were written, they were written, and that deserved to be addressed,” Silveria told the Colorado Springs Gazette in a Tuesday email. “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.”

    What the f***k is wrong with this jerkoff – NO NO and NO

    The only one he should be wagging his finger at is the person who perpetrated the hoax who is trying to undermine the culture of respect and blah blah blah

  8. Ruy Diaz on 9/09/17 at 3:35 pm

    The General stood up in attention the 4,000 cadets and chewed them out over what turned out to be a hoax. That’s why you first find out the truth, then act, not the other way around.

  9. richard40 on 9/09/17 at 9:54 pm

    We need a new AFA head, this guy sounds more like a leftie college prez than the head of a military academy. His proper response the first time should have been to say it would be aggressively investigated, and if found to be a real racist incident punished, but that since many of these hate messages turn out to be hoaxes, that must be considered as a possibility until they know more. Once it was proven to be a leftie hoax, he should have said it should be a lesson for the future, to not pay too much attention to these hate message incidents until you have eliminated the possibility of a hoax, since all too many times that is what it turns out to be.

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