Blacks have fought in America’s wars since the very first one, on the British and American side. They proved their heroics time and time again.
However, after the Civil War, the myth of Black “cowardice” was created and many blacks were held back from serving in important positions or on front lines…
But we still served.
Fighting for this country and fighting to defend so called rights and freedoms we weren’t granted at home was a contributing factor to the Civil Rights movement, especially after World War Two.
Say hello to Corporal Eugene Jacques Bullard(1894-1961). Not only was he a darn good looking man, but he was a boxer, a French infantryman, and a member of the Lafayatte Flying Corps. Oh yeah, and he was the first African-American military aviator. When the US entered WWI, the US Army Air Service recruited the American pilots that were fighting for France. However, Bullard was rejected for his race, and ended up fighting in the French infantry again. After the war he set up a nightclub in Paris, and when the second World War broke out, he spied on German officers who frequented his club. After moving his daughters to Orleans in 1940, he joined up with soldiers and defended the city against German invaders. His spine was severely wounded, he fled to Spain, and then later back to the US.
He’s the recipient of the Croix-de-guerre, Medaille militaire, and is a Knight of the Legion d’Honneur.
These are the people we need in our history books. Take heed, brothas and sistas. Know your history, because these are the people the conventional schools won’t teach you about.