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

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By Reginald Kearney

African American perspectives of the japanese finds a web page of background lengthy missed. In black the United States, eastern weren't continually identified for racist feedback, Sambo photographs, and discriminatory hiring practices. as soon as, millions of African american citizens 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 desires 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 by way of discriminatory comments and activities. yet total Kearney continues to be positive that the African American-Japanese rift should be mended.

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In 1937 Du Bois still tried to describe the color of the Japanese for the readers of the Pittsburgh Courier. 48 The reason why African Americans were attracted to the Japanese was understandable: the victory of Japan over Russia was the most emphatic refutation of the whole idea of white supremacy. Clearly, members of the "colored branch" of the Young Men's Christian Association in Indianapolis thought so. 49 Even as Roosevelt struggled to settle the war in favor of the white belligerent, African Americans in Indianapolis, probably Republican to the last man, declared their intellectual independence by putting forth three central themes that revealed their distance from doctrinaire Republican opinion: first of all, Japan's emergence signaled a return to prominence of the Asian peoples; second, such an eventuality threated the continued domination of white imperialist powers; and third, the rise of the Orient and demise of the Occident portended well for the future of other oppressed nonwhite peoples.

23 Existing in the reality of a racially segregated society in which they were the mudsill, African Americans followed the exploits of the Japanese and speculated on their meaning for the future of race relations; this was cathartic. Japanese victories provided African Americans with a vicarious satisfaction. The Mikado's minions would turn around the "backward races"; they would school the ignorant and stir the inert. 24 The antagonism displayed toward the Russians underscored the degree to which African Americans interpreted the war as a prelude to an adjustment of racial hegemony.

The World hinted at the frustration that must have overwhelmed many Russians, writing, "The Japs are damming the Yalu River. " On the same page it was mentioned that the Japanese fleet had disappeared from Port Arthur. " 18 Other newspapers took their shots as well. "19 When the fictional character, Ragson Tatters hoped that the Japanese would "lick de stuffin out de Russians," he probably spoke for a broad consensus in black America. In their more serious discussions of Japan and the Japanese, African Americans tried to understand and explain the reasons for Japan's particular philosophical and spiritual character.

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