Unfortunately I have to get this out of the way. I liked the Captain America movie. Alright? I liked it. But liking something doesn’t mean you like all of it. Sometimes things bother you, and sometimes those things aren’t nitpicks. Sometimes those things are important to you. Sometimes these things need to be voiced.
The military was not integrated in WWII. I know that, you may know that, less and less people know that every day. America tries so hard to tell you we live in a post racial society and to go along with that they try and eliminate all the racism from the past. Can’t do it, guys. It existed, and exists.
In the Captain America movie the Army is integrated, which is a definite problem. Go ahead. Lay out all of the excuses now. Do it. . . . . . . . . . . .
Alright, you done? Good. You’re wrong. I’ve heard the excuses. Trust me, I’ve heard them all. They’re all wrong. The reason an integrated military in any movie set in WWII is bad is because it completely eliminates all the struggles of black soldiers during that time. You’ve gone and whitewashed it out. The Buffalo Soldiers, The Tuskegee Airmen, and all the others weren’t allowed to fight along side white soldiers. They weren’t considered good enough. The white soldiers thought they’d hold them back.
This was all in a war that was marketed as a war against a man (Hitler) with ideas about racial superiority. Furthermore, people are talking now about how WWII was a turning point in American racism. Maybe for Jewish people, but not even that, and not on the whole of American Citizens. Why didn’t any laws get changed until a full twenty years after WWII? Why wasn’t the army integrated then to show that us Americans were better than the Nazi ideals?
Because America is a country born and built on the foundation of racism. That’s why. (Read up on your American History. Try some of that manifest destiny stuff out). Every time we do something to try and erase that, it erases all the sacrifices made by people who fought and died to change it. An integrated Army means that the Black heroes who had to sustain themselves while physically fighting opposing forces on one side and mentally (and sometimes physically) fighting their own troops on the other. A lot of black soldiers weren’t allowed to fight!
You don’t get to erase the deeds and the people who preformed those deeds to make yourself feel better.
My great-grandfather fought in WWII and you can bet that none of the white people around were freely giving out hugs and good will towards him. Know why? Cause he was black, and black people were considered inferior and dirty and lazy and stupid and why would you want to associate that with your superior white army? Why else do you think a bunch of countries that fought us up until WWII recruited Black Americans to their cause with promises of equal treatment? The British did it. They banned slavery well before we did and even when they practiced slavery they promised freedom to any slaves who switched sides and fought for England. Shame they forgot about the part where they didn’t want to teach us language or how to read or any of that. Revolution might’ve gone down different, eh governor? The French did it, the Germans did it. To a small extent Mexico did. Even after WWII when we were still expanding, though it mattered much less by then.
So yes, Captain America’s integrated Army bothers the crap out of me. It’s part of a trend of trying to erase the mistakes of the past. We’re trying to put forth a lie that says we aren’t a nation filled to the brim with racism. It’s disingenuous.