Category Archives: Military

Black and White in Vietnam

In 1967, the NBC journalist Frank McGee spent nearly a month living with soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. Though the troops were often engaged in heavy combat, McGee had a different interest: the experiences of African-American soldiers. McGee’s reporting, which resulted in the NBC documentary “Same Mud, Same Blood,” focused on Platoon… Read More »

White House aide Omarosa Manigault tackling Pentagon racial bias in military justice

Top White House aide Omarosa Manigault has taken an interest in how race affects military justice, receiving a briefing from Pentagon officials on a recent report that found black troops are far more likely to face punishment than their white comrades, according to government officials. Manigault, the top-ranking African American official inside the White House,… Read More »

Black soldiers served with distinction despite obstacles

When President Woodrow Wilson called America to war in April 1917, his argument that “The world must be made safe for democracy” had a special resonance for one large group of U.S. citizens: African Americans. But while many black men answered Wilson’s call, they faced numerous obstacles in their quest to serve in the nation’s… Read More »

The Tragic And Ignored History Of Black Veterans

On a December morning in 1918, Charles Lewis began his last day as a private in the United States Army. Just a month after the end of World War I, Lewis accepted his honorable discharge and left Camp Sherman, in Chillicothe, Ohio, one of the few military facilities that housed black soldiers. He was headed… Read More »

The tragic, forgotten history of black military veterans

In the week after the election, the Equal Justice Initiative, of Montgomery, Alabama, released a new report—a fifty-three-page addendum to last year’s “Lynching in America,” an unprecedentedly thorough survey of American racial violence and terror between 1877 and 1950. Drawing on small-town newspaper and court archives, along with interviews of local historians and victims’ descendants… Read More »

A salute to Black veterans

From the time of the American Revolution until the present, African-Americans have contributed to every war and major conflict that the U.S. military has had. African-American sailors and soldiers have sacrificed their lives for the freedom of all Americans, even when their freedoms were denied. Many African-Americans have served in wars only to come home… Read More »