Air Force: Cadet Candidate Wrote Racial Slur on His Own Door

The Air Force Academy preparatory school announced Tuesday that one of the five black cadet candidates who had racial slurs written on their dormitory message boards has admitted to writing them. A spokesman for the academy, Lt. Col. Allen Herritage, noted that the cadet candidate is no longer a student at the school. “Racism has no place at the academy, in any shape or form,” Herritage said. “We will continue to create a climate of dignity and respect for all, encourage ideas that do so, and hold those who fail to uphold these standards accountable.” The incident, in September, inspired academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria to strongly denounce the slur in an anti-hate speech that went viral online.