By Reginald Kearney
African American perspectives of the japanese finds a web page of background lengthy neglected. In black the USA, eastern weren't consistently identified for racist feedback, Sambo pictures, 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 function performed by means of Japan and its humans within the desires of prosperity for lots of African americans. He additionally uncovers the surprise many blacks felt upon studying that this excessive regard for the japanese were betrayed by means of discriminatory feedback and activities. yet total Kearney is still confident that the African American-Japanese rift should be mended.
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Extra info for African American Views of the Japanese: Solidarity or Sedition?
22 Representative black views of the Japanese and the meaning of Japan's emergence as a world power can be seen better in African American newspapers remote from the Pacific Coast. Strangely, the non-Pacific papers contained more editorial comment about Japan and spoke for a larger percentage of the black population. Pacific Coast papers, if the Los Angeles-based California Eagle and the Portland New Age were in anyway representative, tended to fluctuate and, at times, seemed more concerned about the comparative status of their advancement vis-à-vis the Japanese than they were interested in the symbolic representation of Japanese as brothers under the skin.
But to a considerable extent, except when sermonizing about the need for Africa's "redemption" and extolling Ethiopia as a "symbol of hope," black attitudes toward matters of foreign affairs, generally, were marked by indifference or were carbon copies of white American attitudes. The period of the Russo-Japanese War, however, was a time when many more African Americans became actively interested in an issue of international dimensions. As a result of this war African Americans began to look at the Japanese differently.
The problem of discrimination that the Japanese encountered in California, obviously, was one with which African Americans were very familiar and opposed in principle. " 2 Many African Americans objected to what they perceived as a capitulation to "colorphobia" and denounced the efforts on the part of Californians to discriminate against the Japanese. " T. Thomas Fortune declared African Americans out of sympathy with the American injustice to the Japanese. The Japanese, in Fortune's view, were entitled to demand equality of treatment for their children in the public schools of San Francisco.
African American Views of the Japanese: Solidarity or Sedition? by Reginald Kearney