Friday, February 19, 2010

Wings for this Man

Just saw an episode of Dogfights about the story and tactics of the Tuskegee Airmen. Those gentleman were part of an experiment that proved that Black Americans could not only be pilots, but able fighter pilots.

You know I really would like to figure how how the military establishment decided that blacks couldn't be able soldiers and should be relegated to servant positions in the military. There have been many examples where a Black have served ably in combat positions. Blacks have served in the American Revolution, Civil War, Indian Wars, Spanish-American War, and the two World Wars. At that most served in segregated units!

The Tuskegee Airmen were another front in the battle for equality amongst blacks in America. Not too long after the war the US military was desegregated. And while America isn't all the way there as far as racial equality perhaps our forebears should have our thanks for making America what it is today!

The video, Wings for This Man, above is narrated by future President Ronald Reagan. It's about the Tuskegee Airmen, but according to the information provided from Wikipedia this vid was considered propaganda. Doesn't matter it documents the efforts of these military pilots and their contributions to the 2nd World War. Even if their efforts weren't appreciated.

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