Anti American propaganda

General John J. Pershing, Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in France during WWI, authorized a secret communique to be delivered to our French allies. This disturbing description of a disturbed nation is pasted here below. As you will see, my medical terminology is appropriate – it is also as scary as hell!

Having been born midway between the Great Wars, I was exposed to a lot of first-hand gossip emanating from WWI. The one thing I heard over and over again – and dismissed with a grain of salt – was that White American soldiers in France made a practice of telling French women that their darker comrades in arms were of a different species and were affixed with extended, vertebral appendages. Despite my fancy retelling, I am a doubter no more.

Recently, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Florida used the verb form of, “Monkey” while referring to his African American counterpart. That, and other racially sensitive terms he used caused a political firestorm. Nevertheless, he refuses to apologize, claiming there was no negative intent in the speech he used. The revelation below may support his supposed innocence. It may suggest also that his subconscious may be due for a bit of scrubbing.

If there is any doubt as to the seriousness of our current moral stasis, just listen to the roar of silence emanating from the halls of Congress. We are in the eye of a hurricane of alternative facts, multiple truths and DNA denial. Keep an eye on the weather report!

 [The following directive was published without comment in The Crisis]

[To the] French Military Mission. stationed with the American Army. August 7, 1918. Secret information concerning the Black American Troops.
It is important for French officers who have been called upon to exercise command over black American troops, or to live in close contact with them, to have an exact idea of the position occupied by Negroes in the United States. The information set forth in the following communication ought to be given to these officers and it is to their interest to have these matters known and widely. disseminated. It will devolve likewise on the French Military Authorities, through the medium of the Civil Authorities, to give information on this subject to the French population residing in the cantonments occupied by American colored troops.
1. The American attitude upon the Negro question may seem a matter for discussion to many French minds. But we French are not in our province if we undertake to discuss what some call “prejudice.” [recognize that] American opinion is unanimous on the “color question,” and does not admit of any discussion.
The increasing number of Negroes in the United States (about 15,000,000) would create for the white race in the Republic a menace of degeneracy were it not that an impassable gulf has been made between them.
As this danger does not exist for the French race, the French public has become accustomed to treating the Negro with familiarity and indulgence.
This indulgence and this familiarity [These] are matters of grievous concern to the Americans. They consider them an affront to their national policy. They are afraid that contact with the French will inspire in black Americans aspirations which to them (the whites) appear intolerable. It is of the utmost importance that every effort be made to avoid profoundly estranging American opinion.
Although a citizen of the United States, the black man is regarded by the white American as an inferior being with whom relations of business or service only are possible. The black is constantly being censured for his want of intelligence and discretion, his lack of civic and professional conscience, and for his tendency toward undue familiarity.
The vices of the Negro are a constant menace to the American who has to repress them sternly. For instance, the black American troops in France have, by themselves, given rise to as many complaints for attempted rape as all the rest of the army. And yet the (black American) soldiers sent us have been the choicest with respect to physique and morals, for the number disqualified at the time of mobilization was enormous.
1. We must prevent the rise of any pronounced degree of intimacy between French officers and black officers. We may be courteous and amiable with these last, but we cannot deal with them on the same plane as with the white American officers without deeply wounding the latter. We must not eat with [the blacks] them, must not shake hands or seek to talk or meet with them outside of the requirements of military service.
2. We must not commend too highly the black American troops, particularly in the presence of (white) Americans. It is all right to recognize their good qualities and their services, but only in moderate terms strictly in keeping with the truth.
3. Make a point of keeping the native cantonment population from “spoiling” the Negroes. (White) Americans become greatly incensed at any public expression of intimacy between white women with black men. They have recently uttered violent protests against a picture in the “Vie Parisienne” entitled “The Child of the Desert” which shows a (white) woman in a “cabinet particulier” with a Negro. Familiarity on the part of white women with black men is furthermore a source of profound regret to our experienced colonials who see in it an overweening menace to the prestige of the white race.
Military authority cannot intervene directly in this question, but it can through the civil authorities exercise some influence on the population.[Signed] LINARDale

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