I am an American, no demographic subgroup required. I believe in being fair and honest with one another in all things and at all times.
The Tuskegee Airmen
Most of us have at least some knowledge of the testing of the Tuskegee Airmen, beginning in 1932; but how many of us knew it wasn't halted until 1972? Yes, our blessed government only halted the syphilis studies on African American men when a leak to the press occurred in 1972. Forty years of testing, of allowing these men to suffer with this disease and never supplying the readily available penicillin to halt this suffering.
Recently, this has made it back to the news media as a means to show why African Americans are not getting vaccinations for COVID and Monkey pox. They do not trust our government to not commit this same atrocity again. And, who can blame them?
But did you know this study, over forty years, only affected 400 men? Or that by 1972, the end of the experiment, only 28 died directly of syphilis, 100 died from complications of it, 40 of their wives contracted this disease and 19 children were born with it? Tragedies, I agree, but in the larger picture of thousands to millions dying of COVID, is this a reason to not be vaccinated?
They are not alone
Rest assured, they are not alone in the hall of shame concerning our wonderful government. Consider the Native Americans. While A.A. were brought to this country to act as beasts of burden for plantation owners, N.A. were set for destruction, by any means necessary.
Abraham Lincoln, often recognized as the best President this nation has ever seen, oversaw the removal of between 9,000 and 11,000 Navajo Indians from their homeland to interment camps hundreds of miles away, with 20% dying on the march and another 2,000 dying inside of two years. He was at war with the Navajo and the Apache and signed into law the Homestead Act of 1862, further displacing more natives. Mere weeks before the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, he signed off on the hanging of 38 natives, which remains the largest mass execution in our nation's history.
Regarding the Emancipation Proclamation, did you know this?
"Despite that expansive wording, the Emancipation Proclamation was limited in many ways. It applied only to states that had seceded from the Union, leaving slavery untouched in the loyal border states. It also expressly exempted parts of the Confederacy that had already come under Northern control. Most important, the freedom it promised depended upon Union military victory."
It didn't really free the slaves, and only affected those southern states that were part of the Confederacy. None in the Union were freed.
Despite attempting to find a peaceful resolution to the issue at hand, the Navajo were attacked by none other than Kit Carson, famed scout. At the direction of the government, Carson followed a scorched earth policy to reduce the Navajo to a mere shadow of their prior selves, with our army killing virtually all livestock the Navajo owned, destroy their stored food and burn all of their farmlands, resulting in poverty and starvation.
Thank you Mr. President.
- Native Americans and the Civil War
Native Americans During the Civil War
Much closer in our history
We need not look so far into our past to find more examples of our government's harsh treatment when it is not warranted. In the late 1940's through the early 1960's, almost a half a million of our armed forces were subjected to perhaps the most heinous of inhuman acts, on par with what Hitler did to the Jews.
During testing of the Atom Bomb in the Nevada desert, these men trusted our government to not put them in harm's way, yet continually they were sent into areas during and immediately after nuclear tests to march to ground zero. This was done to determine how our soldiers might act in the case of a nuclear war. Almost 400,000 men subjected to potentially lethal doses of radiation to determine the psychological ability to adapt and act.
None of them were notified about the effects of radiation, of the decades of suffering they would endure, of the cancers they would die from. You should watch the film Nightbreaker to see what really went on. It is free on Youtube right now.
Then there was the Agent Orange fiasco, where millions of U.S. servicemen and both sides of the Vietnamese were subjected to the after effects of this and having it continue to cause issues even today. Death, suffering, children born with serious life issues all because of Agent Orange.
- Atomic Veterans 1946-1962 | Atomic Heritage Foundation
From 1946 to 1962, the United States conducted about 200 atmospheric nuclear tests--more than the other nuclear states put together at that time. Approximately 400,000 servicemen in the US Army, Navy, and Marines were present during these atmosphe
The bottom line
The bottom line to this, the underlying reason for me writing this article, is to say that the A.A. are not alone. They do not have a monopoly on mistreatment by our government. The Tuskegee Airmen tragedy is horrid, but not exclusive to this group of people. Blacks, Whites, Asians, Native Americans all have been subjected to our nation's inhumane treatment of them for the most ridiculous of reasons.
One thing Lincoln said still rings true: A house divided cannot stand. Small groups continue to demand attention to their plight while ignoring others who are in similar circumstances. We must stand together against our politicians! We cannot continue to splinter ourselves into smaller and smaller groups, demanding better treatment for some at the expense of others. Unless we take control of our nation, these examples are doomed to be repeated time and again.
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