|Item ID||egyptian 1944 0414 vol 25 #22 a.tif |
|Author||Dear Editor: |
|Description||Democracy and Discrimination |
|Original Publication Source||Daily Egyptian |
|Date||1944 April 14 |
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Democracy as it is in America is very confusing, perhaps if I were an optimistic dreamer instead of a cynical, down to earth student. I too would be jubilant over outwardly apparent progress that has been made in the last few weeks. But the progress toward a more perfect democracy is contradicting. Specifically I am speaking of the Supreme court decision on Texas primaries. This is a social advancement for Negroes if it were done from a humanitarian point of view. It was a strategic move, it it were clone for political purposes. What surer way could have been used to swing the Negro vote in favor of the New Deal. It was strategic also, since it came right on the heels of the soldier vote bill and the poll-tax bills now waiting discussion on the floor of Congress.
with such encouraging news on the home front you no doubt wonder why- I remain cynical. Well. the contradictory note that has struck close home, is the breaking up of pre-flight training units to send into the infantry while several thousand Negro combat units are being either trained and re-trained or put into labor wilts. This is not going on in some distant town away from my readers. Have you stopped to wonder why such units as the one on Southerner's own campus is being broken up, along with such units at other training centers. while the two most famous Negro regiments have been turned into labor units? Does Secretary of War Stimson's explanation of unfitness satisfy you? Is such a policy of discrimination fair to the boys of both races who have offered their services to their country in the fields of training that they are best suited for? Perhaps Booker T. Washington was right when he said, "You cannot hold the Negro in a ditch without staying there yourself." Think it over.