Black firefighter a disgrace
Posted: November 23, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern
Days before I read about the firefighter’s award, my 91-year-old dad and I watched a movie called “Proud.” Narrated by the late, great Ossie Davis, the movie dramatized the experience of black sailors aboard the USS Mason during World War II. The ship became the only black-manned ship that actually saw combat. As a destroyer escort, it shepherded Allied convoys through German sub-filled waters, taking risks even the vaunted English Navy refused, deeming the mission too treacherous. Indeed, black sailors welcomed the assignment to the ship because, during this military-segregated era, they wished to prove themselves by seeing actual combat rather than engaging in “menial” labor.
I’d like to see that movie. It’s amazing how despite “Black History Month”, Veteran’s Day, and Memorial Day that we hear so little of the truly great achievements of ordinary people.