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We all bleed RED: 2010 DADT Repeal and 1948 Segregation Repeal

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Update: @ 1:33 pm  Senate vote 63-33 to invoke cloture on repeal.  Official vote taken @3pmET. At this very moment let history record 33 senators as evil doers of civil rights, democracy and justice.

It’s exactly 9:49am, 18 Dec. 2010, and I’m watching Congressmembers on C-Span debate a major civil rights injustice: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.   Hopefully, within the next hour, DADT repeal bill will be voted upon in the Senate.

Addendum: @10:46pm John McCain took the floor with old bigoted rhetoric used to keep the armed forces segregated and anti civil rights.  No Negro in the US should be against DADT –regardless of their religious convictions.  Once again, those smae religious convictions kept slavery alive, jim crow alive, and discrimination alive historically and at present.

With such homophobia from my own black community reference gays, I  want to review desegregation of the arms services.    You see, the big difference here is that president Truman signed Executive Order 9981 on July 26 1948 desegregating the armed forces – knowing such a bill would not make it through Congress.  Why? Blatant racism and social ignorance!   Also, Turman wanted to look good for international diplomacy purposes.

So, my black community must understand that social justice must always be meet with agitation, agitation and more agitation.  Just like desegregation, DADT has been a long fight of agitation and bridging of diplomacy to get to this point.  Regardless if this bill passes or not the struggle will continue until DADT has folded – even if the president has to sign an Executive Order.

Arguments today in favor of keeping the Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell policy”—that openly serving gays would disrupt morale and erode the cohesion of combat units—echo those used to defend military segregation along racial lines just a few short years ago.

Top brass in the armed forces wholeheartedly believed the role of the military was to serve, not to change, society. Blacks served in every U.S. military conflict beginning with the American Revolution, but in separate units that were often poorly trained and ill equipped. White officers were commonly ordered to lead black units as punishment.

They also rationalized their opposition to integration by saying that the armed forces should not be an instrument of social change and that the services could only reflect the social mores of the society from which they sprang. Thus, in their view, integration not only hindered the services’ basic mission by burdening them with undependable units and marginally capable men, but also courted social upheaval in military units.

But the job wasn’t exactly finished until the Defense Department disbanded its last all-black units in 1954.

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