Wed 05 November 2014

Brave New World

Posted by. James Jackson This article was posted in World at War

On the way to Equality

terran chronicles universe blogI recently watched an amazing movie, one which I not only enjoyed greatly, but one which moved me to write about it as this month's blog. The story is about friendships, and courage, even in the face of the greatest of hardships. I know this description fits a great many movies and books. Some of these stories are pure fiction, but this particular one is based on real life experiences and events. I am sure that by now you have a mental list of movies that meet this criteria. Stories such as 'Schindler's List', 'Saving Private Ryan', and 'Men of Honor' should definitely be on this list. I am, however, referring the movie, 'Tuskegee Airmen.'

The Tuskegee Airmen was an air-group which was conceptualized in 1939, but it was not until 1941 that the first unit was actually put together. Mrs. Roosevelt visited their training facility in 1941, and even went for a plane ride with a Tuskegee pilot. These pilots fought for freedom and liberty for all, and yet, they themselves did not receive it. It was not until 1948, that the America military finally recognized these airmen as equals. Pretty sad considering that they laid their lives on the line each and every day.

These people did not commit any crimes, nor were they physically incapable of the task at hand, and yet they had to fight the worst battle of all, bigotry. You see, these airmen all had the distinction of being Negros. Sadly, the end of the war did not see the end of their plight.

An event occurred in 1955 which sent shock waves around the world. This was not any one of the numerous nuclear tests, or a new war, it was over a woman. A colored woman, one who would not give up her seat on a bus, for a man. Her name was Rosa Parks, and because she refused to stand up for a white man, she was arrested, and convicted, of violating segregation laws. There had been others, but this case became a catalyst for change. Do not forget, that a decade earlier, the Tuskegee airmen fought to protect this country, and its freedoms.

Fortunately, as a society, we progressed. What began as a movement, continued with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's famous, speech, 'I Have a Dream.' I can only imagine how proud he would have been to see Barack Obama becoming the 44th President of the United States of America.

The progress was short lived, as can be seen by the extracts from the 'Federal Laws Prohibiting Job Discrimination'

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

Sounds great! – But wait, there is more...

There are partial and whole exceptions to Title VII for four types of employers:

  1. 1. Federal government.
  2. 2. Federally recognized Native American tribes
  3. 3. Religious groups performing work connected to the group's activities, including associated education institutions;
  4. 4. Bona fide nonprofit private membership organizations.

As you can see, we still have a long way to go before we achieve true equality.

Take it easy mates.

James Jackson