Week 11 Journal Response

The readings overall showed the racial tensions during WWII.  The readings contained citizenship/ naturalization, African American employment, treatment of Mexican-Americans, segregated blood donor centers, and changing of liberalism in America.  The ideology of Americans rational against certain groups like the Chinese and Japanese were very harsh.  In the reading we saw that thoughts toward them did not allow them equal rights until 1952.  The Pullman town in Illinois was explained in great detail when it came to employment practices in chapter 10.  Originally, Pullman and other companies would refuse to hire African Americans and women.  The reading explained that if companies did hire African Americans, they were typically segregated.  The reading also noted that even during the war companies put women and African Americans in jobs that did not allow promotions.  The Zoot Suit reading allowed readers to see that the racial tensions just weren’t against African Americans.  The Los Angeles police used profiling as an excuse to do whatever they wanted to Mexican Americans.  Towards the end of the reading, the author said that the racial feelings and practices by the police continued after WWII and gave the example of the LAPD beating  Rodney King.  One of the readings not focusing on race as much was the liberalism chapter that discussed the changing of liberalism in the United States.  WWII change liberalism by making the government spend more, encourage welfare, and make policies that help people.  The change was at the end of the war  when political leaders wanted to continue the success they were having during WWII after the war.  The blood donor reading was extremely surprising.  The one part that really shocked me was the example of a soldier prefering to die than be injected with African American blood.  The fight for the desegregation was a long one and did not reach a deal until 2 years after the war.


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How many lives could have been saved if the blood was like Britain’s system and not segregated?

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