By Reginald Kearney

African American perspectives of the japanese finds a web page of heritage lengthy overlooked. In black the USA, jap weren't consistently identified for racist comments, Sambo photos, and discriminatory hiring practices. as soon as, hundreds of thousands of African american citizens considered the japanese as "champions of the darker races." right here Reginald Kearney examines the function performed by way of Japan and its humans within the desires of prosperity for plenty of African americans. He additionally uncovers the surprise many blacks felt upon studying that this excessive regard for the japanese have been betrayed via discriminatory feedback and activities. yet total Kearney continues to be confident that the African American-Japanese rift may be mended.

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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.

The Atlanta-based Voice of the Negro magazine, using the analogy of a spider and fly, rooted for the fly. 16 The empathy African Americans displayed toward the Japanese was consistent with their traditional penchant for identifying with "Br'er Rabbit" over "Br'er Fox," the hare over the hound, and the tortoise over the hare. Contrasted with the empathy expressed for the Japanese, Russians were treated derisively; this slant must have delighted the broad audiences that it surely reached. African Americans made Russians the subjects of the kind of "put-down" that comprised the ammunition for the pithy, rapid, staccato repartee heard incessantly in the smoke shops, poolhalls, and barbershops of urban black America.

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. 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.

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