As opposed to being in the "white closet"?Blacks are allowed to serve in the military openly.
So prior to integration, the blacks in the military couldn't be open to the fact they were black? They had to keep it to themselves or risk getting kicked out?As opposed to not serving openly.
...we honor leaders for what they achieve, but we often prefer to close our eyes to the way they achieve it...
In the real world, politics is compromise and democracy is politics. Anyone who would be a statesman has to be a successful politician first. Also, a leader has to deal with people and nations as they are, not as they should be. As a result, the qualities required for leadership are not necessary those that we would want our children to emulate - unless we wanted them to be leaders.
"It is written in the eternal constitution that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." - Edmund Burke
What makes you think the Army was successfully integrated?
I left the Army in 92 and to say it was successfully integrated meant you had to twist the meaning of "successfully".
Regardless of real or perceived favoritism or racial hatred, were blacks and those of other races able to work together... yep.
But off duty was a different story and most who serve/d know this.
Hmm, anyone else find this true? I didn't.
Matthew 10:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.