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Tuskegee revisited…

Good morning, Netizens...

Do you remember these men who became heroes eventually? These are the first Black aviators who fought in World War II for our country. Known as The Tuskegee Airmen, the all-Black 332nd Fighter Group consisted originally of four fighter squadrons, the 99th, the 100th, the 301st and the 302nd. They were hated, vilified and treated as second-class citizens, yet they went on to achieve greatness for our country. Their impeccable record of not losing a single bomber to enemy fire in more than 200 combat missions – is a record unmatched by any other fighter group.

In the movie made about their lives there is a scene where one of their planes is forced to land in a field due to mechanical problems, and an awestruck Black sharecropper watches in awe as a Black pilot climbs down from his plane and comments with tears in his eyes, “There be colored fliers in them planes.”

How much different is that moment in history, than when a supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama cries as Obama speaks at a campaign rally at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, November 2, 2008? (Jason Reed/Reuters) This is but one of many images where Black Americans are crying upon encountering Obama.

I submit it is time America truly accepts our diversity, that we embrace it and make it as much a part of our lives as the historied Tuskegee Airmen changed the face of the USAF during World War II.

I submit it is long past due, that we as a nation based upon principles, must make that step for all generation and all races.


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