Skip to comments.Where have all the black soldiers gone? African-Americans not in Eastwood's new WWII film
Posted on 10/22/2006 2:41:18 PM PDT by EveningStar
On February 19 1945 Thomas McPhatter found himself on a landing craft heading toward the beach on Iwo Jima...
Sadly, Sgt McPhatter's experience is not mirrored in Flags of Our Fathers, Clint Eastwood's big-budget, Oscar-tipped film of the battle for the Japanese island that opened on Friday in the US. While the film's battle scenes show scores of young soldiers in combat, none of them are African-American. Yet almost 900 African-American troops took part in the battle of Iwo Jima, including Sgt McPhatter...
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It would be really funny if Clint Eastwood and the leftist jerk he hired to write the script did a really slimy left-wing hit job on one of our most precious national icons, the flag-raising at Iwo Jima and the courage and sacrifice it represents, and then all the leftists jump on him because he forgot to include pictures of the black troops.
The more I hear about this movie, the less I am inclined to go see it.
The current generation(s) (other than history buffs), has no interest in war movies, especially WWII films (Saving Private Ryan being the last hurrah for this genre), no matter how patriotic. This is why this film is tanking at the box office (and its young people who drive ticket sales).
BTW: Best movies out right now are the Departed and The Last King of Scotland
His last boxing movie was horrible.
And I couldn't stand Mystic River. Ugh.
Unforgiven was OK, but I don't know why he's heralded as a great director. Most of his stuff is liberal schlok IMO.
I was looking forward to The Guardian but it was too full of cookie-cutter stereotypes to be a good flick.
History shows that the armed forces in WWII were segregated and the majority of blacks in that time were not allowed to fight. They were delegated to mess stewards and manual labor units. The armed services were not desegregated until 1946 when Truman did so under executive order. Even then, it took time to complete.
There were about 6 or 7 Black Soldiers or Marines listening to the pre-invasion briefing on the ship scene, but only seen then and no other time.
Is this film good, or is it PC?
In some of the videos of Iwo, some Black soldiers were interviewed. They drove the DUKW, the transport.
Race, what did you think of the film?
The film was certainly not pro-Japan as I heard it was earlier, but it seemed to over emphasize the anti AMerican Indian sentiment.
We DID call any Marine who was an Indian, CHIEF, but it was always a nickname of respect, like an unwritten rule, but we never called his women squaw.
I didn't see the movie. I had to abbreviate the title in order to fit it into the field. The full title reads: "Where have all the black soldiers gone? African-Americans written out of Pacific war in Clint Eastwood's new film, veterans say"
900 out of 110,000. Leftist Brits are a crowd of sniveling nitpicking racist Muzzie-appeasing PCers.
Maybe we could round them up and donate them to al-Qaeda for the newest rounds of Internet snuff flicks. I'm sure their PC attitudes would save them from the jihadists...
Have no idea. Have not seen it and don't plan to. Both Richard Roeper (flaming lib) and Michael Medved (conservative) have given it high marks. Not everyone has.
>History shows that the armed forces in WWII were segregated and the majority of blacks in that time were not allowed to fight.
That's pretty much what my Dad told me. He fought in WWII in Sicily, Italy and France in the 3rd Infantry Division. He earned two bronze stars and several unit citations. He said black soldiers would mock them when they headed out to battle.
Get caught crossing your arms more than once... and someone will call you chief.
Besides, I'm still mad that someone in Hollyweird stuck a token Moor into a perfectly good Robin Hood movie a few years back.