2018 Black History Month Observance: “African Americans in Times of War” By Latawnya Dia
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2018 Black History Month Observance: “African Americans in Times of War” By Latawnya Dia

This year’s theme is African Americans in Times of War. African American soldiers endured a long wait - not only to be integrated to serve in the U.S. armed forces, but also to be regarded as valuable as their white counterparts. They had to wait 50 years to be officially permitted to join the armed forces although many fought in the French and Indian Wars. But what is “war” for African Americans? You don’t necessarily have to use a weapon to be engaged in war. War is a state of conflict – the conflict being “inequality” as was seen in the U.S. armed forces dating far back as the Revolutionary War. For many African Americans, this war is a never-ending battle to deal with or stop specific atrocious or objectionable conditions or situations based on skin color. African Americans have long been in war – a war on inequalities in every aspect of common privileges and civil liberties – since the 17th century. And, the road to equality, true equality IS war. War is a difficult topic for some, and a war on inequality is an even more difficult topic. Nevertheless, it’s a topic that needs to be discussed more than once a year, and discussed until this war ends. In the war on inequality, African Americans don’t even have to enlist; they’re drafted from the time they’re born. They continue to fight in hopes of ending this war even 55 years after the first Civil Rights Act was signed into law. Can this war be won? Perhaps, but it will take more than African American soldiers to fight it. Imagine if we all had an equality-conscious mindset for all Americans and everyone in every aspect of life – every day, and not just during Black History Month, then just maybe we can end this war. You can help end this war – enlist today!

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