Band of Brothers Black and White

We were soldiers once and young. Courtesy Library of Congress
We were soldiers once and young. Courtesy Library of Congress

And US GRANT says:

“I don’t know why black skin may not cover a true heart as well as a white one.”

“Caste has no foothold in Santo Domingo. It is capable of supporting the entire colored population of the United States, should it choose to emigrate. The present difficulty, in bringing all parts of the United States to a happy unity and love of country grows out of the prejudice to color. The prejudice is a senseless one, but it exists. The colored man cannot be spared until his place is supplied, but with a refuge like San Domingo his worth HERE would soon be discovered, and he would soon receive such recognition to induce him to stay; or if Providence designed that the two races should not live to-gether he would find his home in the Antilles.”

“I rise only to say that I do not intend to say anything.” Grant’s perfect speech


All quotes courtesy WIKIQUOTES

10 responses to “Band of Brothers Black and White”

  1. The frontier is a great example of one of the funniest things that’s ever dawned on me. Discrimination is a luxury, and an expensive one at that.

    There’s a reason it disappears in fox holes and survival situations.


    • My response to your comment didn’t sit well with me for some reason. Having more time to think I guess I’m not so willing to say that only men at gunpoint can rise above their prejudices. That doesn’t do justice to men like Sam Evans whom I wrote about the other day and the many other men (and women) who put themselves on the line for others as a choice and as a mark of integrity.


      • Ah, that’s not what I meant. I mean that segregation and discrimination are wasteful, they are products of surplus.

        People can only descend into prejudice when they have enough stuff they can afford to be wasteful.

        A segregationist shop owner limits his customer pool. A racist boss limits his access to good labor. You can only afford that waste when things are going well.


      • Oh, I see.

        In poverty people sometimes blame other “tribes” for their plight and still discriminate though maybe not in a material way . . . you raise an interesting point . . . I’m still pondering it. 🙂

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