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Half slave and Half free
Half slave and Half free
Item IDegyptian 1945 0216half b.tif
TitleHalf slave and Half free
AuthorDaily Egyptian
DescriptionEven in the armed forces, we find Negroes segregated.
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
Date1945 February 16
Volume25
Issue18
Page(s)2
Digital File Format.TIF (Tagged Image Format)
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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CollectionDaily Egyptian Diversity News Archive (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
TranscriptEven in the armed forces, we find Negroes segregated.
They are assigned, trained, drilled, housed in separate units. The only exception is that Negro and white officers candidates train, eat and live together with great success, even in Fort Benning, Georgia. Negro women until October, 1944, were not admitted into the WAVES, there was no discrimination in the WAC program. According to PM, January 5, 1945, the critical need for nurses could be partially met by recruiting 9000 Negro nurses who are registered. However, the Surgeon General has said that the Army will not "mix Negro and White nurses."
In a war which is fought to free nations of fascism, we find that in the United States, the American Red Cross insists on separating blood received from Negroes and Whites, even though medical authorities writing in the Journal of American Medical Association say "The transfusion of Negro blood into white person and that of white person into Negroes has been repeatedly performed in civil practice without evidence of harm or aversion on the part of the recipients."
Thus the pattern of segregation has evolved and continues in the United States.
Perhaps Henry Wallace is right when he said in 1942, "This war is a fight between a slave world and a free world. Just as the United States in 1862 could not remain half slave and half free, so in 1942 the world must make its decisions for a complete victory one way or the other."




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