By Reginald Kearney
African American perspectives of the japanese finds a web page of historical past lengthy neglected. In black the United States, jap weren't continuously identified for racist comments, Sambo photographs, and discriminatory hiring practices. as soon as, millions of African american citizens considered the japanese as "champions of the darker races." the following Reginald Kearney examines the function performed by means of Japan and its humans within the goals of prosperity for plenty of African american citizens. He additionally uncovers the surprise many blacks felt upon studying that this excessive regard for the japanese have been betrayed through discriminatory feedback and activities. yet total Kearney is still positive that the African American-Japanese rift should be mended.
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She abandoned. . " The Palladium sought consolation in the thought that, while Russia might have gotten the diplomatic victory, the Japanese could lay claim to the moral victory. 39 While the view that Japan should have pushed its diplomatic objectives further even at the risk of continued warfare was com page_33 Page 34 patible with the mass opinion in Japan, it demonstrated an ignorance of Japan's military situation. Although the Japanese had won a number of spectacular victories, Japan's financial and military situation had reached the point where a protracted war would more likely have benefited Russia.
10 The Cleveland Gazette was pleased by what it perceived to be an attack on the doctrine of states' rights, the concept which deterred interference by the federal government on behalf of blacks in the South. " 11 Puzzled by Roosevelt's activism on behalf of the Japanese and his apathy where blacks were concerned, the Freeman asked, "Are the wishes of yellow aliens . . " Noting that black children were "forced into separate schools," made to endure "inferior conditions," and otherwise discriminated against, the Freeman answered its own question by pointing out that a torrent of presidential action to redress these conditions was noticeably lacking.
The African American corollary to this anticipated the future emergence of a "black peril" in Africa. " W. E. B. Du Bois, before the war ended, declared that whether Japan won or lost the page_37 Page 38 brown and black races would arise. " 50 In summary, in the minds of African Americans who followed the news of the Russo-Japanese War, the victory of the Japanese over the Russians was as vicariously satisfying an event as any achieved in their lifetime. The Japanese most convincingly demonstrated for all the world to see that white hegemony over nonwhites was merely situational, not genetic, a matter of strategy and tactics, not race.
African American Views of the Japanese: Solidarity or Sedition? by Reginald Kearney
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