50 years later after the historic march in Selma, Alabama

50 years later after the historic march in Selma, Alabama. On the very same day of hope and celebration of civil rights. Hate/discrimination continues to raise its ugliness as it did with SAE fraternity at OU. We as people can make choices to live in a society that respect’s others.

Our grandfather’s sons choose to keep the world free from the hatred of the National Socialists (Nazi’s) brutality and systemic effort to rid the Jewish people in Europe. This question and other questions continue to be either rehashed in the attempt to understand why 33 million people died in World War II.

Then ethnic cleansing in the Balkans’ of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990’s raised its head. However somehow the behavior and mindset of discrimination was ignored. While at the same time in the United States of America we changed, we learned to accept violence and hate as a way of life as long as it didn’t directly affect us.

So… a question for the parents of the son’s on the bus singing song’s about lynching. Is this something you taught them?

Or is it just what you learned as a child. Yet these same people … Just to put this into perspective and this is my personal opinion. We as Vietnam Veterans were relegated to become society’s 2nd class citizens. We were ignored, taunted, berated for what our government told us to do: Fight the Communists!

Isn’t that discrimination against all races of men and women who served in Vietnam? Because it was an unpopular war ….

As an Air Force veteran who served in the Central Highlands, May, 1970 at Pleiku airbase. The location and closeness to Cambodia and Laos was ideal for the march into Cambodia on May 1st of that year. Four days later students at Kent State University, Ohio were shot dead by National Guardsman. We servicemen and women wondered what happen to the pursuit of protecting freedom and liberty. Then and on the 50th anniversary of the Selma march!

We can make choices to stop the hate, to stop discrimination. What’s your choice? For your children’s children?

About pleiku1970

My service at Pleiku, 1970 is significient because of the Cambodian Incursion. Close proximity to exit routes from the Ho Chi Minh Trail and the "Tri-Border area of Laos,Cambodia and Vietnam. This Air Force assignment was different than most, because of the isolation.
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