IF YOU CAN’T TREAT SOMEONE WITH DIGNITY
AND RESPECT, THEN YOU NEED TO GET OUT…!

September 29th, 2017


Via Mano Singham…

Herman Wong and Rachel Chason, reporting in Meet the Air Force general who delivered a powerful speech against racism for The Washington Post, write:

Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria had an important message for U.S. Air Force Academy cadets at a moment of crisis.

Five black cadet candidates at the academy’s preparatory school in Colorado Springs had found racial slurs written on the message boards on their doors.

Silveria, who took over as the school’s superintendent in August, urged cadets to reach for their phones.

“I want you to videotape this so you have it, so you can use it — so that we all have the moral courage together,” he said, surrounded by 1,500 of the academy’s faculty, administrators and athletic coaches.

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

[VA chief took in Wimbledon, river cruise on European work trip; wife’s expenses covered by taxpayers]

Silveria’s forceful denunciation has been heard far beyond the walls of the academy in Colorado, introducing the veteran officer to a national audience.

“I wanted to have a direct conversation with them about the power of diversity,” Silveria told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Friday, referring to the cadets. “Ultimately, these men and women are going to be lieutenants in the United States Air Force.”

Baldwin read Silveria messages of support on Twitter and asked him whether he believed Washington needed better leadership. He replied that his “message to the cadets was not about that.”

He said his speech was intended to show the cadets that they were all united “as an institution protecting these values.”

Security forces are looking into the matter, according to Lt. Col. Allen Herritage, a spokesman for the U.S. Air Force Academy. The preparatory school is designed for candidates who have shown leadership or other qualities that would make them strong applicants for the academy but who need to shore up their academic work before becoming cadets, Herritage said.

Silveria, who graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1985 with a bachelor of science degree, succeeded the academy’s first female superintendent, Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson.

In his 32-year career, Silveria has nearly 4,000 hours of flight time, including combat missions over Iraq and the Balkans, making him one of the Air Force’s most experienced pilots, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

So far, as of noon on 30 September, I’m not finding any tweets from the president about General Silveria.

Previously…

Generals Silveria and Morrison are examples of the best we can be.

THIS is how a leader speaks. Full stop.

3 Responses to “IF YOU CAN’T TREAT SOMEONE WITH DIGNITY
AND RESPECT, THEN YOU NEED TO GET OUT…!

  1. Tom Rogers says:

    That is how the Commander-in-Chief should speak.

    • Jeff Hess says:

      Tom,

      First, thank you for stopping in, for reading and, most importantly, for taking the time to write a comment. We build our communities with our conversations.

      Second, I couldn’t agree more.

      Jeff

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