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Two Colored Women: American Expeditionary Forces
Hello Military Researchers:
Below is a URL that will take you to an excerpt of "Two Colored Women with the American Expeditionary Forces" by Addie W. Hunton and Kathryn M. Johnson.
The excerpt entitled "No Negroes Allowed”: Segregation at the Front in World War I" tells the story of their experiences as Blacks who served in the Great War in Europe.
Hunton and Johnson describe German efforts to get American Blacks to surrender by playing on the racism of America and the freedoms enjoyed by Blacks in Germany.
"And how about the law? Is lynching and the most horrible crimes connected therewith, a lawful proceeding in a Democratic country? Now all this is entirely different in Germany, where they do like colored people; where they treat them as gentlemen and as white men, and quite a number of colored people have fine positions in business in Berlin and other German cities. Why, then, fight the Germans only for the benefit of the Wall Street robbers, and to protect the millions that they have loaned to the English, French, and Italians?"
Hmm, well we all know what happed a few decades later in Germany. The "number of colored people (who) have fine positions in Berlin and other German cities" were harassed, tortured and killed. Let's not forget the memory of the African-American soldiers who met the same fate in World War II.
Over the past century in every major war or international skirmish, our adversaries have conducted a propaganda campaign targeted at African Americans. Besides the Germans in WW I and the Japanese in WW II, there are more recent examples: The Iran Hostage Crisis or "We will release Blacks so that they will sympathize with our cause and our hatred and fight against their own country; or the post 9/11 "outreach" via the internet and other media by terrorists and their huggers "to teach African-Americans about their history and sympathize with our cause and our hatred and fight against their own country."
Well the folks at war above got it wrong Again. Patronizing African-Americans will never win a war. Lobbying them to fight against a country that they built over five centuries is denigrating. Tony Dorty's eloquent response in an earlier post underscores the bottom line fact that most people have no understanding of African American patriotism
Instead, the present day propagandist should study Bennie McRae's website, "Lest We Forget” or crack open a book and read about African Americans at War...starting with the link below.
K W Lane