“If you can’t treat someone, with dignity and respect, then you need to get out.
Grab your phones I want you to videotape this so that you have it, so that you can use it. If you need it, and you need my words, then you keep these words. And you use them, and you remember them, and you share them and you talk about them.” (pause)
“You may have heard that some people down in the prep school, wrote some racial slurs on some message boards…if you haven’t heard that, I wanted you to hear it from me. You should be outraged, not only as an airman, but as a human being. I would be naïve, and we would all be naïve to think that everything is perfect here. We would be naïve to think that we shouldn’t discuss this topic.
We would also be tone deaf, not to think about the backdrop of what’s going on in our country. Things like Charlottesville, and Ferguson, the protests in the NFL.” (pause) “That’s why we have a better idea…and it’s about our diversity. And it’s the power of the diversity, the power of the four thousand of you, and all of the people that are on the staff tower and lining the glass, the power of us as a diverse group, the power that we come from all walks of life, that we come from all parts of this country, that we come from all races, from all backgrounds, gender, all make-up, all up-bringing…the power of that diversity comes together and makes us that much more powerful.
If you can’t teach someone from another gender; whether that’s a man or a woman; with dignity and respect, then you need to get out. 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 colour skin with dignity and respect, then you need to get out.”