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  •  Good point, but... (8+ / 0-)

    Good point because Truman's executive order integrating the military set the stage for future civil rights advancements.

    But there's a but.

    At the 1948 Democratic Convention, there was a weak-tea civil rights plank. Then there was a minority report suggesting a stronger stand for civil rights. Mayor Hubert Humphrey (from Minneapolis) gave a barn-burner speech about treating people equal and the convention adopted the minority plank. As a result, several southern delegations walked out of the convention. And that's how Strom Thurmond became the Dixiecrat candidate in 1948.

    Truman signed the executive order to integrate the military a few weeks later -- as a sort of "fuck you" to the Dixiecrats. Also he probably thought it was possible that he'd lose the election, so maybe he wanted to do something just and historical before leaving office.

    “If you misspell some words, it’s not plagiarism.” – Some Writer

    by Dbug on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 10:58:04 PM PST

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    •  My Dad joined the Marine Corps shortly after it (11+ / 0-)

      was integrated. He grew up in the segregated south. He said he could never understand segregation and no adult explanation about segregation was good cut it with him. He always questioned it even as a small child.
      He was so poor and he saw no difference between himself and the poor black kids in his neighborhood except his apartment house faced the streets and theirs faced the alley. But he played with these kids but they could not attend school together or go to the same stores or restaurants or sit together at the movies. He thought it was dumb.  Then in high school, they played a team in baseball that was integrated from Indiana.  He thought that was gerat. So when he joined the Corps and it was integrated, he loved it. One of his best friends in the Marine Corps was African American from Baton Rouge and later was taken prisoner by the North Koreans.  The guy barely survived the North Korean/ Chinese prison camp and he was quite the hero.

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      by wishingwell on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 01:55:07 AM PST

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