The racist messages penned on whiteboards at the Air Force Academy in September inspired an impassioned speech from a lieutenant general and widespread news coverage. It turns out that the messages were nothing more than a hoax.

The academy began an investigation into the so-called “hate crime” in September after words written outside the dorm rooms of African American students, which read “Go home,” followed by the N-word. One of the cadet candidates allegedly targeted by the racist remarks has been found responsible for the act.

At the time, the writings sparked media outrage and even prompted a speech by Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria condemning racism on the campus.

Silveria told cadet candidates that racists needed to “get out” and praised the “power of the diversity” of the U.S. military as one of its core strengths.

“We would also be tone deaf not to think about the backdrop of what is going on in our country. Things like Charlottesville, Ferguson, the protests in the NFL,” said the general.

KKTV11 on Tuesday reports The cadet candidate has now left the school, following the investigation. The academy says the individual admitted responsibility.

The academy released the following 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.

Speaking to The Gazette in an email, academy spokesperson Lt. Col. Allen Herritage said, “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,” adding, “(t)he individual admitted responsibility and this was validated by the investigation.”

According to The Gazette, the cadet candidate fabricated the hoax “in a bizarre bid to get out of trouble he faced at the school for other misconduct.”

This is one of the first instances of hate crime hoaxes in recent times where something has actually been done to reprimand the hoaxer. 

  • 0__o

    Jay needs to get his ass back up there in front of a camera and tell everyone how gullible he was that he responded too quickly, and threw our nation’s police force under the bus by undermining their actions, and virtue signaling for “poor, defenseless criminals”. Might be time to step down, cuckhead.

    • KapoleiDave

      That cheese headed careerist. Either he actually views the members of the military as racist and sexist, assuredly a projection of his own empty soul, or he’s just an ass-covering political appointee making sure there’s no cause for some dem politician to call him up to capitol hill for the purposes of sodomizing him live on CNN. Either way, I have a hard time imagining him lead men and women anywhere except to mandatory SARC briefings.

      • djmc993150

        Most generals are ass-kissing political hacks and cowards.
        Which makes no sense to be honest. Their careers are already made. They wont lose their retirement by being honest. Its disgusting to watch as someone in the military when these 3-4 star a holes stand up and pretend there are problems that don’t exist to pander to the media and politicians.
        The only one I have respect for is Mattis, who didn’t make Commandant because he didn’t pander.

    • Shane Warne

      The army is quite good at being gullible

      “Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, we need to invade”

      * Later proven Iraq has no WMDs, all figment of their imagination *

      “We need racists to get out”

      * Later proven was no racists, all figment of their imagination *

  • RRRow

    Of course it was one of the people targeted…. I’m not saying there isn’t racism, but it’s a VERY VERY small percentage unless you take in blacks that hate anyone who isn’t black and then you’ve got a whole other thing.

    • djmc993150

      Been in the military over 20 years. I have never once seen an actual act of racism.
      Not once.
      Not even close.
      Sexism, yes. Racism? Never. Every single person I have seen claim racism was a dirtbag unwilling to accept responsibility for the fact they couldn’t hack the military and were failures.

      • bobruark

        I am in agreement and I have section 8’d a few mentally deficients

  • Rayjc

    How about a simple apology from the general to the cadets he slandered.

  • @Menace

    Isn’t this seeming tobe the case now? Remember the Islamic bimbo in NY? Remember the lesbian waitress and here so called non-tip?

  • richard

    They should toss him out with a dishonorable discharge.