RACES: The Unbunching

Mom, this is something I want you or Dad to do quick. They are mixing the niggers in the same barracks with us. If everyone's parents write their Congressmen to ask for something to be done about it, it will. Mom, please don't let me down. Quick!

Such anguished pleas were suddenly commonplace in June 1949, a month after the U.S. Air Force set out to abolish its all-Negro units. The integration of whites and Negroes, everyone agreed, would take many years, perhaps decades. Yet within a few months, the Air Force had...

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