In 1948, President Harry S Truman issued Executive Order 9981 that ordered all branches of the military to integrate. It took several years to become a reality.
I volunteered in 1950 for the Army and was part of segregation until 1953, so I share this bit for those of you who are unaware of the facts and how it must have been for those Tuskegee Airmen who endured much hatred and scorn, yet who prevailed and became a much-decorated unit during World War II.
I ask young people, especially both white and black, to go see Red Tails, the new movie on the Tuskegee Airmen, and get a real look at America, the greatest nation in the world, at its darkest hour in history, so when you grow up you will not allow this type of prejudicial behavior to raise its ugly head again. God bless America.
Joseph Diggs Sr.