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Black Cadet Wrote Racist Message At Air Force Academy (Photo)

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A black cadet is responsible for a racist message found in September at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado. 

"We can confirm that one of the cadet candidates who was allegedly targeted by racist remarks written outside their dorm room was actually responsible for the act," the academy said, CNN reports. "The individual admitted responsibility and this was validated by the investigation."

Lt. Colonel Allen Herritage, director of public affairs with the academy, said the cadet has "received administrative punishment." He also no longer attends the school.

According to CNN affiliate KRDO, the student complained that somebody penned, "Go home," along with the N-word, on a whiteboard outside of his room. Four other black cadets also received similar messages.

At the time, the incident sparked outrage.

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"I’m angry that people are teaching their children such hate," said one parent when news of the racial slurs first broke. "These young people are supposed to bond and protect each other and the country…Keep your head up, son."

After a photo of one of the messages went viral, the nation also took up arms. Many came forward to condemn the alleged attack -- including Democratic Sen. Michael Bennett of Colorado.

"Racism has no place in our Armed Forces and in our country," Bennett said at the time. "This hateful act stands contrary to everything that makes us strong as a nation. We are glad Academy leadership has made clear this will not be tolerated, and we’re grateful for the example set by their response."

In response, the academy was quick to strongly condemn the incident.

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"There is absolutely no place in our Air Force for racism -- it's not who we are, nor will we tolerate it in any shape or fashion." Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, Superintendent of the Academy, wrote upon learning of the news.

"The Air Force Academy strives to create a climate of dignity and respect for all... period... those who don't understand that are behind the power curve and better catch up."

The school even took time out to address the Cadet Wing about the incident.

"If you can't treat someone with dignity and respect, then you need to get out," the superintendent told the students.

Silveria says his speech still remains relevant despite the fact a black cadet wrote the messages.

"Regardless of the circumstances under which those words were written, they were written, and that deserved to be addressed," he said. "You can never overemphasize the need for a culture of dignity and respect and those who don't understand those concepts aren't welcome here."

Sources: CNN, KRDO / Featured Image: Epicantus/Flickr / Embedded Images: CBSBroken Sphere/Wikimedia Commons

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