When an Air Force cadet found racist messages scrawled on whiteboards outside his dorm room, it received national attention.
Reading “Go home ni**er,” the messages sparked outrage and hand-wringing across the country. The words were found outside the dorm room of five African American cadets.
The academy’s superintendent lectured his students that this kind of racism is not permitted in the military.
“If you can’t treat someone from another gender, whether that’s a man or a woman, with dignity and respect, then you need to get out,” he said. “If you demean someone in any way, then you need to get out. And if you can’t treat someone from another race or different color skin with dignity and respect, then you need to get out.”
Of course, like so many of these “hate crimes,” this one turned out to be a hoax. A hoax that will almost certainly not receive the same attention that the act itself received.
KKTV is reporting that one of the cadets who found the messages has just been found responsible for writing them.
Academy officials said the student is no longer at the school and has admitted responsibility. They released a statement:
“We acknowledge that there may be additional information already in the public space, but we will refrain from discussing further details surrounding the investigation due to Privacy Act requirements.
Racism has no place at the Academy, in any shape or form. 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.”
After the incident, politicians and leftist pundits declared their disgust.
“Racism has no place in our Armed Forces and in our country,” Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet wrote on Facebook. “This hateful act stands contrary to everything that makes us strong as a nation.”
The incident kicked off a scandal at the school and led to a sweeping probe by academy police and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, The Colorado Springs Gazette reports.
“We can confirm that one of the cadet candidates who was allegedly targeted by racist remarks written outside of their dorm room was actually responsible for the act,” academy spokesman Lt. Col. Allen Herritage said in an email. “The individual admitted responsibility and this was validated by the investigation.”
Several sources say the cadet candidate, who hasn’t been identified, committed the act in a bizarre bid to get out of trouble he faced at the school for other misconduct. The prep school offers a year of training for academy prospects who need academic help. The school is primarily used to fill athletic rosters for the academy’s 37 NCAA teams.
Herritage wouldn’t confirm the circumstances around the incident.
“We acknowledge that there may be additional information already in the public space, but we will refrain from discussing further details surrounding the investigation due to privacy act requirements,” he said.
The racist incident was one of several woes to hit the school recently. Several players and coaches from the academy lacrosse team were suspended last month for unspecified misconduct.
Additionally, the school is investigating 13 freshmen accused of cheating on a test of basic military knowledge. The test includes simple questions, some asking cadets to recite quotes and name key military leaders.