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Did the vietnam war discriminate against african americans?

Did the vietnam war discriminate against african americans? Topic: Research papers on vietnam war
June 16, 2019 / By Beau
Question: im doing a research paper and my research question is "did the vietnam war discriminate against african americans, the poor, and the middle class?" just a little help would be nice :)
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Zipporah Zipporah | 5 days ago
It was the time of the Draft. The Draft did not discriminate! But Money talks and Bullshit walks. Many with money avoided the Draft. Troops on the ground consisted mostly of the poor and the middle class., Skin color made no difference if you fell into those 2 categories.
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Zipporah Originally Answered: Did the vietnam war discriminate against african americans?
It was the time of the Draft. The Draft did not discriminate! But Money talks and Bullshit walks. Many with money avoided the Draft. Troops on the ground consisted mostly of the poor and the middle class., Skin color made no difference if you fell into those 2 categories.

Sherilyn Sherilyn
The war didn't discriminate, that was man made. The Vietnam War saw many great accomplishments by many African Americans, including twenty who received the Medal of Honor for their actions. African Americans during the conflict suffered casualty rates slightly higher than their percentage of the total population.[49] In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson presented the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Specialist Five Lawrence Joel, for a "very special kind of courage—the unarmed heroism of compassion and service to others." Joel was the first living African American to receive the Medal of Honor since the Mexican–American War. He was a medic who in 1965 saved the lives of U.S. troops under ambush in Vietnam and defied direct orders to stay to the ground, walking through Viet Cong gunfire and tending to the troops despite being shot twice himself. The Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina is dedicated to his honor.[50] On August 21, 1968, with the posthumous award of the Medal of Honor, U.S. Marine James Anderson, Jr. became the first African-American U.S. Marine recipient of the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions and sacrifice of life. On December 10, 1968, U.S. Army Captain Riley Leroy Pitts became the first African American commissioned officer to be awarded the Medal of Honor. His medal was presented posthumously to his wife, Mrs. Eula Pitts, by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The African Americans, the poor, and the middle class were not able to buy their way out or could flee to Canada or abroad as many did. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_history_of_African_Americans#Vietnam_War H'man
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Penelope Penelope
Students whose families were well enough off to go to private prep schools had no trouble getting into to college and passing college courses. They easily got deferments. Students who attended public schools, even bright kids, had at best to struggle in college and university and college professors were quick to flunk them out and send them to Vietnam. This was true regardless of race or ethnicity. And young people who for any reason did not go to college quickly found themselves drafted. Of course members of racial and ethnic minorities were disproportionately affected. So yes, there was discrimination against African Americans during Vietnam. But in a broader sense the political and higher educational alliance turned against all young men except those whose parents had very high incomes. For most males the decade of the 1960's was a horrible time to be young.
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Marisela Marisela
The military draft was racist in design, in that it exempted (mostly white, middle-class) college students from conscription. The American military were disproportionately made up of minority members during the Vietnam War.
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Marisela Originally Answered: What the difference between African Americans and Americans of African descent?
You have it right, but backwards: An African American is someone whose parents/relatives came to America from Africa before that person was born in the US. They are American because they were born in America but have African immigrational ancestry, ie. their parents are directly from Africa. And an American of African descent is like my buddy Theo Njiru. He is from Niger and was born there, then came here to America with his family when he was 6 years old. He had to go through immigration to obtain his American Citizenship. If you live here for 14 years with parents who are citizens and you are under 18, then you are automatically a citizen. The difference is that he legally could claim duel citizenship in Niger AND America. An African BORN in America (African American) cannot, even if s/he was in his mothers womb in Africa but born in America. S/he would have to apply for citizenship for the African country which her/his parents may have come from, for example.

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