By Reginald Kearney
African American perspectives of the japanese unearths a web page of background lengthy neglected. In black the USA, eastern weren't consistently recognized for racist comments, Sambo pictures, and discriminatory hiring practices. as soon as, hundreds of thousands of African americans considered the japanese as "champions of the darker races." the following Reginald Kearney examines the function performed by way of Japan and its humans within the goals of prosperity for lots of African american citizens. He additionally uncovers the surprise many blacks felt upon studying that this excessive regard for the japanese were betrayed by means of discriminatory comments and activities. yet total Kearney is still confident that the African American-Japanese rift may be mended.
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Professing a "deep sympathy" for the president's efforts to improve the conditions of the Japanese coming to America, the Indianapolis Freeman, in an editorial, maintained that African Americans would have had "some real enthusiasm" had Roosevelt equally sought greater jurisdiction with a mind to protecting black lives, black liberty, and black property. 9 One writer contrasted Roosevelt's efficacy in dealing with the San Francisco situation with his more inept handling of the Brownsville, Texas, incident.
The tone of the St. Louis Palladium was especially irate: "Japan conceded . . she withdrew . . she gave up . . she receded . . she abandoned. . " The Palladium sought consolation in the thought that, while Russia might have gotten the diplomatic victory, the Japanese could lay claim to the moral victory. 39 While the view that Japan should have pushed its diplomatic objectives further even at the risk of continued warfare was com page_33 Page 34 patible with the mass opinion in Japan, it demonstrated an ignorance of Japan's military situation.
As one Japanese success followed after another in an astoundingly rapid fashion, however, Theodore Roosevelt and the conservative constituency that he represented developed reservations and reevaluated their previous enthusiasm at seeing Japan's display of military might. The little Oriental gentlemen, in the eyes of racial chauvinists, had begun to assume sinister proportions when measured against the goal of preserving the hegemony of white civilization. Therefore, Roosevelt offered to act as mediator in order to bring the debacle to an end.
African American Views of the Japanese: Solidarity or Sedition? by Reginald Kearney