ADL Awards Air Force Lt Gen Jay Silveria Days After It Was Revealed 'Hate' Incident Was A HoaxChris Menahan
Nov. 14, 2017
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The Anti-Defamation League awarded US Air Force Academy Lt Gen Jay Silveria on Tuesday for his "actions in standing up to racial slurs" which were scrawled on several black cadets dorm rooms at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs late last year.
They made no mention of the fact his speech was based on a hate hoax. It was widely reported last week that one of the African-American cadet "victims" admitted he drew the racial slurs on his own dorm room and elsewhere.
From the ADL's press release:
San Francisco, CA, November 14, 2017 … The superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy was honored Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for his actions in standing up to racial slurs written on doors in a student dormitory at the Colorado Springs military academy earlier this year.After the hoax was revealed, Silveria did not apologize to those he falsely accused of racism, but instead said it doesn't matter either way.
"Regardless of the circumstances under which those words were written, they were written, and that deserved to be addressed," Silveria said. "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."
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