GLENN: Who is the author of your life? Who is the author of your life? What defines who you are? In late September, five black students woke up to find a message written on the marker boards outside their dorm rooms. The message read, go home, N-word.
The students attend the Air Force academy's prep school. They're hoping to become cadets at the Air Force HEP academy.
In the aftermath of Charlottesville and the NFL national anthem protests, those hate messages threw gasoline on the fire of the racial debate in America. How could this happen in one of our nations most prestigious academies?
The messages prompted HEP Lieutenant General Jay Silvera to gather the entire Air Force Academy student body and staff. And he rebuked them. If you can't treat someone with dignity and respect, then you need to get out.
Now, the video of his rebuke was viewed over a million times on YouTube. This week, the Air Force Academy prep school announced that they have one candidate less for cadet. He has been expelled because he admitted to writing the racial slurs outside of the dorm rooms on his black schoolmates.
Who was it? Turns out this racist incident was a hoax. The perpetrator was actually one of the five black students. Why did he do it?
Apparently, it was a weird attempt to get out of trouble he was in for some other misconduct at the academy. It's an immature teen who made a terrible decision, one he's already paying for, and one now that won't afford him the chance to attend the Air Force Academy.
This is not the time to gloat, however, and say, "See, these alleged hate crimes are hoaxes." Some of them are hoaxes. Some of them are real hate crimes. Racism is something that affects all human beings. And it is a cancer in ours and any society.
This message is obviously not getting through to the youth. So I'll repeat it. Your skin color does not define you.
Your background does not define you. Yesterday doesn't define you. Unless you let it.
What was it somebody said about being judged by the content of your character and not the color of your skin? Only your character defines you.
If we all spend a lot more time working on the content of our character, man, there wouldn't be enough time left to have racism real or imagined.