|Item ID||egyptian 1945 0105 dark b.tif |
|Title||DARK MUSINGS |
|Author||Dot Sykes |
|Description||A better relationship between Negroes and whites. |
|Original Publication Source||Daily Egyptian |
|Date||1945 January 5 |
|Section||part b |
|Digital File Format||.TIF (Tagged Image Format) |
|Digital File Publisher||Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale |
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|Collection||Daily Egyptian Diversity News Archive (Southern Illinois University Carbondale) |
|Transcript||"So this is what I want to know |
When we see Victory's glow,
Will you still let old Jim Crow
Hold me back?
When all those foreign folks who've waited—
Italians, Chinese. Danes—are liberated,
Will I still be ill-fated
Because I'm black?
"Here in my own, my native land,
Will the Jim Crow laws still stand?
Will Dixie lynch me still
When I return?
Or Will you, comrades in arms
From the factories and the farm.
Have learned what this was
Fought for us to learn?
"When I take off my uniform,
Will I be safe from harm—
Or will you do me
As the Germans did the Jews?
When I've helped this world to save,
Shall I still be color's slave?
Or will Victory change
Your antiquated views?
"You can't say I didn't fight
To smash the Fascists' might.
You can't say I wasn't with you
In each Battle.
As a soldier and a friend,
When this war comes to an end,
Will you herd in in a Jim Crow car
Or will you stand up like a man
At home and take your stand
That's all I ask at you.
When we lay the guns away
Our Victory Day,
WILL V-DAY BE ME-DAY, TOO?
That's what I want to know.
G. I. JOE."
Nov that all of us have had a chance to read what is On the minds of thousands of Negro soldiers, what I want to know is what kind of a surprise will we here at home have for our fighting men when they return?