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Re: A Black Officer in WWI
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Art,

I am there with you. But I am comforted and find strenght when I see what time reveals. We have and still persevere and that perseverance has produced results that "they" cannot ignore. They have no choice but to acknowledge our achievements, the weight of our sacrifice is being force feed down their throats, they've no choice but to "swallow or they will choke". They'll wipe their mouths and down play it and say, ok it was alright. The fact that we did it right and better will not erase from their stoney hearts the derogatory feelings that are made manifest when they speak of our greatness in print.

I can remember many years ago reading a biography on Robert Gould Shaw the commander of the Mass. 54th. There were passages in the book that refered to the Black troops as "niggers", these were passages that were suppose to show Black troops in a favourable light. Finishing the book was difficult. Official documents that appear in the post Civil War period through WW2 are filled with a "language" that when read is clearly designed to show us in an inferior light.

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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