Something Wicked this Way Comes: The NFL Honors that Enduring Lie, The Tuskegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen: A enduring fabrication that must be shot down

Note: All this week will be # posts. Even if Detroit burns to the ground; even if a violent Mahogany Mob occupies and terrorizes Philadelphia for three days; even if Eric “My Holder” People enlists the dwindling percentage of enlisted Black members of the US Military to help close the racial gap in learning (one of the primary reasons that the percentage of enlisted Black members of the military has deteriorated: 40 percent of “The Blacks” can’t pass the entrance exam); even if… well, you get the picture. Okay, we might have one article one article on sports. Just one. Promise.

A good friend of mine, Luke Darren, who assisted me on a piece at Vdare, has finally come up the primary slogan for SBPDL. One of the slogans is SBPDL: Fight Back.

But the moniker for SBPDL needs to be something fundamental, something elemental: SBPDL: Because truth has a racial bias. More on this in the coming weeks.

One of the books I’d like to write is a take-off on the misnamed Lies my Teacher Told Me. It would simply be called Lies my Teacher Told Me About Black-Run America (or Lies My Teacher Told Me About Black History, but you get the picture). It would discuss purported inventions by Black people, and give reasons for various laws that were passed in more civilized times. More importantly, it would target the myths that are continually trotted out to paralyze people from pointing out the failures of the Black community now, by showcasing the discrimination that Black people faced once upon a time.

Black people can’t be held accountable for their actions now, when they were once barred from playing in Major League Baseball or segregated into all-Black flying units like the Tuskegee Airmen. It is important that in every aspect of a white person’s life that they constantly be bombarded with reminders of their ancestors (and nations) past racism, so they are incapable of voicing opposition to the ever-tightening vise of Black-Run America (BRA).

I’ve been working on a long article on the myth of Tuskegee Airmen (one of the foundational myths of BRA, much like the Rosa Park incident and the Edmund Pettis Bridge moment in Selma) that will be published elsewhere, but today realized a pernicious new maneuver by Disingenuous White Liberals (DWLs) to have us believe that these Red Tails single-handily defeated the Axis Powers due to their superior aviation skills.

Much like Major League Baseball (MLB) has mandated that each year Jackie Robinson Day be commemorated (when every player on every team must wear a jersey with Robinson’s jersey number 42, which has been retired in his honor by ever team) to constantly remind people America and baseball’s racist past, the National Football League (NFL) has done something so silly and sanctimonious that it will surely become a yearly tradition: The Tuskegee Airmen were trotted out at a slew of NFL games to show that Black people can be trained to fly a plane (now clap, because though Black people make up less than 2 percent of Air Force pilots – and most major airline pilots – now, they beat Germany by themselves back in 1941-1945!) and are the only people worthy of remembering from those who served in the US Military during World War II:

The Tuskegee Airmen, the first unit of African American military pilots who flew in World War II, are being honored on the 70th anniversary of their service with a special tribute during three NFL games held on November 13th, 2011 — Veterans Day Weekend — in conjunction with the upcoming release of the motion picture Red Tails from Lucasfilm Ltd. 

The Dallas Cowboys, the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Jets will host Veterans Day Weekend games which feature salutes to the Tuskegee Airmen, including sideline interviews with some of the original veteran World War II pilots, and on-field tributes to these American heroes. 

An all-black combat unit created at the Tuskegee Institute in 1941, the Tuskegee Airmen pilots faced unimaginable challenges: fierce discrimination, outdated training equipment, and their performance was scrutinized by government officials who believed they would fail. Despite these obstacles, the Tuskegee Airmen persevered and earned an impressive combat record in World War II. They flew more than 15,000 sorties on more than 1,500 missions throughout North Africa and Europe. They won three Distinguished Unit Citations and earned 96 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 14 Bronze Stars, 744 Air Medals and several Silver Stars and Purple Hearts. 

In addition, stars from the upcoming movie Red Tails, an action adventure film that celebrates the bravery of the Tuskegee Airmen, will be attending pre-game tailgate events and performing at select games. These include Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Nate Parker, Elijah Kelley, Tristan Wilds, Leslie Odom Jr., Michael B. Jordan and Gerald Mc Raney. Red Tails opens in theaters on January 20, 2012.

 Sigh. Soon a Paul Kersey article will be published that begins the assault – with the sturdy ally of veracity on my side – on the Tuskegee Airmen myth. Have your fun NFL placating a lie. One thing no one ever points out is how condescending it is to continue to honor this group of people, when hundreds of thousands of white men were trained to fly on other Army Air Bases. Do the DWLs in charge of education consider it a major accomplishment that so many Black people (reports state that roughly 445 of 996 trained at Tuskegee over a five-year time period saw action overseas) were capable of flying? Despite massive recruiting efforts, why are so few Black people capable of flying in our military now?

I can remember teachers telling all sorts of weird and unbelievable stories about the Tuskegee Airmen (modern day Gods descended down from Mt. Olympus in the eyes of DWLs and constantly indoctrinated by BRA) that sounded incredulous to my young ears. That they never lost a bomber; that no plane was shot down or any airmen was killed; that they found Amelia Earhart; that they were the original pilots selected for NASA’s Mercury team; etc.

Sadly, the latter two are untrue. Worse, so are the rest. For 60 years the lie persisted that the Tuskegee Airmen never lost a plane as they escorted US bombers over Germany. This lie was happily by teachers across the country and repeated at ceremonies honoring the surviving Red Tails. One of the foundational stories of BRA is nothing more than a lie, told so that succeeding generations of  children question why there are so few Black pilots now, when their legendary war record was so sterling (also having people question why, if they never lost a bomber, why segregation ever existed since their martial skills were second-to-none):

At least 25 bombers being escorted by the Tuskegee Airmen over Europe during World War II were shot down by enemy aircraft, according to a new Air Force report.

The report contradicts the legend that the famed black aviators never lost a plane to fire from enemy aircraft. But historian William Holton said the discovery of lost bombers doesn’t tarnish the unit’s record.
“It’s impossible not to lose bombers,” said Holton, national historian for Tuskegee Airmen Inc.
The report released Wednesday was based on after-mission reports filed by both the bomber units and Tuskegee fighter groups, as well as missing air crew records and witness testimony, said Daniel Haulman, a historian at the Air Force Historical Research Agency at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery.
The tally includes only cases where planes were shot down by enemy aircraft, Haulman said. No one disputed the airmen lost some planes to anti-aircraft guns and other fire from the ground.
The 25 planes were shot down on five days: June 9, July 12, July 18 and July 20, 1944 and March 24, 1945, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.

The real inconvenient truth is that Black people have been able to claim they were part of this legendary band of aviators (and garner awards and speaking engagements) without anyone ever questioning said claim because of the moral authority that BRA grants to the Tuskegee Airmen:

Tuskegee Airman Robert A. Decatur often spoke in public about being one of only about 960 black pilots who escorted the all-white crews of bombers over Europe, how he inscribed his plane in Latin with the slogan “Through Adversity, to the Stars,” and how one of the characters in a 1995 HBO movie about the black pilots was based on him.

“If you remember the scene in The Tuskegee Airmen where the pilot, played by Laurence Fishburne, landed in a field where convicts were working, the pilot stepped out of the plane and one of the convicts said, ‘My God, he’s colored.’ That pilot was Robert Decatur,” he told an audience during Martin Luther King Day observances this year at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

Because of his stories of heroism, the Arkansas chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen is named in his honor.

But his death last month in Titusville at age 88 did not lay to rest the contention of fellow Tuskegee Airmen that Decatur’s legendary life was largely his own creation.

“He included himself as one of those heroes, and he wasn’t,” said John Gay, president of the Orlando chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc., an association created in 1972 to honor the first black pilots trained in Tuskegee, Ala., during World War II.

Decatur’s embellishments were repeated over the years in articles ranging from a 2004 cover story in Onyx magazine to an Aug. 22 obituary in the Orlando Sentinel.

The record shows that Decatur was a Tuskegee cadet in 1944 but did not complete pilot training. He did not graduate from flying school and never flew in combat. He was not portrayed by Laurence Fishburne.

“Mr. Decatur was not the model for the character, nor were the six or seven others who have claimed to be over these last 14 years,” said Joan Williams, whose late husband, Robert, wrote the movie’s screenplay and based much of it on his experiences as a Tuskegee pilot.

The impersonation of war heroes is so prevalent that Congress passed the Stolen Valor Act of 2005 to crack down on men who gave themselves medals they never earned. To many of these men, the glory of their imaginations makes up for shortcomings in their lives.

“The more you exaggerate, the more acclaim you get, and the more acclaim you get, the better it feels,” said Alan Keck, an Orlando psychologist.

How many Black men like Decatur have been able to lie and profit off of this BRA myth? Why is the need for the Tuskegee Airmen myth of near invincibility so vital to the official – and incredibly patronizing – story of Black people being capable of aviation training? Just check out this article that details the uproar in the Tuskegee Airmen community over the news of their discredited reputation as perfect warriors of the air:

In 1996 or 1997, Holton said, he heard a white fighter pilot complain that the Red Tails weren’t perfect — every fighter group lost bombers. 

That angered Holton, who wanted to prove the man wrong. But he waited until 2003 to begin research. He felt no rush, he said, and wanted to wait for the Red Tails’ 60th anniversary in 2004. 

He figured proving the record correct would make a big splash at the group’s convention in Nebraska.
But Holton said he found that World War II bomber and pilot reports showed five bombers under Tuskegee protection were shot down by German fighters. 

“I expected some flak,” said Holton, who presented the information at the convention. “I just didn’t expect the magnitude.” 

Ron Brewington, 61, a broadcast journalist who has long been fascinated by the Red Tails and serves as the group’s spokesman, said Holton was told to keep the news to himself until it could be verified.

Remember: Stars and Stripes has deemed white males too valorous; Real American Heroes are invariably almost all white in today’s military. Parading around a lie in the form of the Tuskegee Airmen to induce white guilt is a wonder tactic; unlike their false war record, the story of the Tuskegee Airmen never misses bombing young minds into a veritable mush of guilt that will accept and tolerate any lie told to further the objectives of BRA.

We told you that truth has a racial bias.

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