Friday, August 05, 2011
THE GI BILL WAS AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FOR WHITES
The GI Bill after World War II was pretty much responsible for the birth and expansion of the white middle class back in in the fifties. It helped white returning GIs get a college education, a house, a job, a business. Even many immigrants who barely classified as whites back in the day benefited from it. My dad, a Jew, for example was able move us out of a small apartment in the city to a small ranch style house in the inner suburbs thanks to the GI Bill. Later, with the help of a GI loan he was able to buy a small shoe store in the city. Before the war most Jews were NOT middle class, but that all changed with the help of the GI bill. The same applied for immigrants from Europe like, Irish, Poles, Italians and Greeks, for example, and for other working class and poor white folks. However, for a variety of reasons, blacks did not receive much help from the GI Bill, and consequently couldn't make the same jump. It is interesting to note that the few blacks who did manage to get covered pretty much made the same gains. This is just one more example how white privilege has worked over the years and one more example of how African Americans still today pay the price of all the racist history, laws, and the like in in this land of the free...and home of the slave.
By the way, the next time you hear someone bemoan affirmative action, and tell you how white people lose out, point them toward the GI bill (affirmative action for white men) and laugh.
The following comes from PLAYING THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE. I will have more on this in days to come.