Black Men And Women During World War II Essay

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During World War II a movement began. This movement was largely known as the Double Victory or Double V movement. It was used by the African American community who had been downtrodden to gain equal rights. In hopes of gaining equal rights blacks joined the war effort in any way that they could. May that be supply transport or flying a plane, they gave what they had to America through the war. During their enlistment Blacks faced intense discrimination, arguably worse there than back home. Black men and women contributed to the war effort to earn respect despite the hate, racism and violence that loomed over their shoulders, and they opened the minds of plenty of people while doing it.
Not only was the black soldier subject to danger overseas, he was even more vulnerable at home. With the line between enemy and friend blurred, the African American soldier had to be careful in every encounter he found himself in. While training in Alabama one of the Tuskegee pilots, Fred Smith, was instructed, “’Do not go off the base or you won’t come back. You’ll be lynched.’” (Bomb the Color Line 29) Not only does this portray the injustices in the U.S. during World War Two, it clearly shows the ignorance of the American populous. Furthermore, these acts outline the blatant disrespect for the African American person. The warning issued to pilot Smith was not empty by any means, “On April 3, 1941 at Fort Benning, Georgia, the body of Private Felix Hall was found hanging from a tree, his…

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