African American Views of the Japanese: Solidarity or by Reginald Kearney

By Reginald Kearney

African American perspectives of the japanese finds a web page of historical past lengthy neglected. In black the US, jap weren't continually recognized for racist comments, Sambo photographs, and discriminatory hiring practices. as soon as, hundreds of thousands of African americans considered the japanese as "champions of the darker races." right here Reginald Kearney examines the position performed by way of Japan and its humans within the goals of prosperity for lots of African american citizens. He additionally uncovers the surprise many blacks felt upon studying that this excessive regard for the japanese were betrayed through discriminatory feedback and activities. yet total Kearney continues to be confident that the African American-Japanese rift should be mended.

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Henderson, attempted to act on behalf of his unorthodox views. Over a two-year period, Dr. " In what he termed "the first shot in the initial skirmish page_48 Page 49 inaugurating a war of races unless colored people are better treated," Henderson enumerated his grievances. " 20 At the opposite pole was the view expressed in the Freeman. " Therefore, the piece continued, "there was only one position for African Americans to take . . "22 Representative black views of the Japanese and the meaning of Japan's emergence as a world power can be seen better in African American newspapers remote from the Pacific Coast.

The Indianapolis Freeman, which had commented favorably on Roosevelt's role, agreed that the Portsmouth treaty gave less than Japan had a right to expect or deserved. It was the sense of the Freeman that Japan lost at the conference table in Portsmouth gains rightfully earned on the battlefield. The tone of the St. Louis Palladium was especially irate: "Japan conceded . . she withdrew . . she gave up . . she receded . . 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.

She gave up . . she receded . . 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.

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