Armed Forces: Black Powerlessness

FOR years the military rested comfortably on its largely unfounded reputation as a fastness of racial fair play and equality. Because it beat chopping cotton or pushing brooms, blacks viewed the armed forces as an escape from a hostile world. That, it turns out, was a mistake. Even as civilian society makes slow, painful progress in civil rights, and black radicalism heightens blacks' sense of injustice, it has become increasingly clear that the military too has its full share of racism.

The unhappy facts surfaced last week during ad hoc hearings chaired by Representatives Shirley Chisholm of New York and Ron Dellums...

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