Racial Antagonism in the Marine Corps

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But it was very revealing because- the service- first of all, because I was exposed to people from all over the country… first time I had seen a lot of Southern people. A lot of southerners in our unit from, I mean, the Deep South- blacks and whites. And I remember there was a lot of overt racial animosity, a lot of fighting because some white people, most of the white people from the South, didn’t want to associate as an equal with blacks. So it was a very tense relationship between the blacks and the whites, and I noticed it so I learned that. I think in the military there are a lot of life lessons that you learn that I think are helpful and I think inform you- probably color the way people think later in life. 

Date: July 2, 2014
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Sakura Kato
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum; Japanese American Bar Association

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