Memorial Day, a time for remembering the people who died while serving in our armed forces, recently passed but it is important to remember our war heroes throughout the year. Some may be familiar with the Tuskegee Airmen, racial pioneers who broke the color barrier among Army aviators in World War II. Jesse Leroy Brown was the U.S. Navy’s first African-American pilot, who broke the color barrier in the Navy, alone. Growing up in the 1930s, Jesse Leroy Brown wrote a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt asking why there weren’t any black men flying in the military. He was assured that one day that would change and Jesse Leroy Brown decided that change would start with him, in an America deeply divided by color. Being subjected to racial prejudice, racial inequality and segregation in the South didn’t stop him from enrolling at a predominantly white college. Upon entering their U.S. Navy program and being warned that the Navy would never accept a black pilot, he became the U.S. Navy’s first African-American pilot. Race did not prevent him from forging friendships; these alliances were vital during service in the Korean war, but also extended beyond their military years. Unfortunately, in 2016, racism and discrimination still persist and racial issues are present both inside and out of the workplace. Employment discrimination and harassment at work are serious issues that workers in many different fields face. There are laws against discrimination and employers don’t always follow them. A labor lawyer may be able to help. If you are an employee in the Kansas City area suffering from mistreatment on the job, please consider contacting an attorney at the Bullman Law Firm for a free consultation.
Source: By John Blake; From CNN