美空军学院种族主义辱骂事件被发现是骗局

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年11月9日 作者:美国之音法兹克(Joshua Fatzick)

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上个月,美国空军学院一名非洲裔美国人学员宿舍外留言板被人写下带种族主义色彩的骂人话,随后院长对学员讲话,鼓励大家坚信“多元化的力量”。这条新闻在网络不胫而走。

如今人们发现,这起事件原来是场骗局。空军学院的调查发现,在报告种族主义留言事件的非洲裔美国人学员中,有一人其实就是留言者。

空军学院说,这名学员已不在学校了,但没有说明他是退学还是被开除了。这名学员的姓名没有被公布。

今年9月27日,五名非洲裔美国人学员报告说,他们在宿舍外的擦写板上发现了种族主义骂人话。

针对这起事件,空军学院院长杰伊·西尔维利亚中将发表了反对种族主义的讲话。他的讲话视频在互联网上广为流传,浏览次数超过一百万。

西尔维里亚说,这起事件让他感到“愤慨”,他鼓励学员拿出手机录下他要说的在这个问题上他最重要的想法。

他说:“如果你不能体面和尊敬地对待另一个种族或肤色的人,那你必须走人。”

这起事件发生在美国空军学院预备学校的宿舍。预备学校是为了帮助学员达到学院的各项入门要求。

星期三,西尔维利亚说,他的讲话并没有错。他说,这起事件最后被发现是一场骗局,这并不重要。

他在给美国之音的一份声明中说:“不管这些字眼是在什么背景下写的,有人把它们写出来了,这就应当予以正视。必须要有一个体面和尊敬待人的文化,对此再怎么强调都不过份。对那些不懂得这些观念的人,这里不欢迎他们。”

Racist Remarks at Air Force Prep School Were a Hoax

A story about a racial slur scrawled on a message board outside the dorm room of an African-American student at the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School went viral last month after the academy’s superintendent gave a rousing speech about “the power of diversity.”

That story, it turns out, was a hoax. An investigation by the academy found that one of the African-American cadets who reported the message wrote it himself.

A U.S. Air Force official said the student left the school this week, but did not specify whether he withdrew or was expelled. The student's name was not released.

An academy statement 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. The individual admitted responsibility and this was validated by the investigation.”

Sources told The Colorado Springs Gazette that the student “committed the act in a bizarre bid to get out of trouble he faced at the school” for previous misconduct.

On Sept. 27, five African-American cadets reported finding the racial slur written on a dry-erase board outside their dorm room.

In response to the incident, academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria gave an anti-racism speech that was shared widely on the internet and has been viewed more than 1 million times.

Silveria said he was “outraged” and encouraged cadets to pull their phones out and record what he called his most important thoughts on the subject.

“If you can't treat someone from another race or different color skin with dignity and respect, then you need to get out,” he said.

The incident occurred at the dormitory housing students for the academy's preparatory school, which helps students prepare to meet the academy’s entrance requirements.

Silveria, on Wednesday, stood by his speech, arguing that it wasn’t important that the incident turned out to be a hoax.

“Regardless of the circumstances under which those words were written, they were written, and that deserved to be addressed,” he said in a statement issued to VOA. “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.”

Lt. Col. Allen Heritage, director of public affairs for the academy, told VOA Silveria had publicly touted the goal of growing the Academy’s culture of respect earlier in the school semester.

“If you want to find a red line with me, it will be in the area of respect and dignity,” Silveria told staff and faculty at a meeting in mid-August.

Carla Babb at the Pentagon contributed to this report.