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GI bill
by MINGJIE LIAN - Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 09:19 PM

In Never a level playing field the author, Hilary Herbold talks about the inequality of the GI bill.The GI bill provided education and other benefits to people who served in WW2. It gave 7.8 servicemen and women education, but it discriminated against black veterans. The veteran's association kept them from receiving unemployment benefits. The VA became formidable foes  to blacks who wanted an education. Black people had fewer opportunities to earn college degrees and without benefits of the GI bill it failed to keep pace. Not only were black college way underfunded then white colleges there was also very few of them, which means that blacks colleges were overpopulated. Even the most highly qualified black veterans were recommended simple jobs like becoming a mortician or electrician. On pg 107 the author explains that Charles B. Rangel earned 4 battle stars, a bronze star, and a purple heart, but the VA recommended him to "seek a trade rather than apply to college". The GI bill created hardships for white veterans. In Building a straight state by Margot Canaday it explains about the consequences of homosexuality. Veterans that are homosexual during the war will recieve blue discharge which will evoke the GI bill. Veterens react to this in different ways. Some will get enraged and do bad things, others will say that they have the GI bill to get into college. From WW2 and on the GI bill helped veterens get educations and other benefits, but it also hurt a lot of veterens as well.

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Re: GI bill
by Leonardo Escobar - Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 09:31 PM

I also find it absurd that the governemnt could do something as horrible as what they did to Charles B. Rangel. The achievments he prospered and the things he did for his nation were not recognized in his wish to attend university. 

Re: GI bill
by JULIETTE LOW FLEURY - Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 09:36 PM

I think that it is very hard for people not to do bad things in the face of such oppression, but it is unclear what bad things the people who were oppressed actually did in this situation. In the reading I did not find much about specific angry reactions, just sadness and fear that someone would find out about the reasons a person was discharged. 

Re: GI bill
by ROBERT SHAPIRO - Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 09:53 PM

      The way the government treated African American veterans was shocking. The lack of support for African American education was egregious the way HBCU's were so small and underfunded. It is so unfair for the US government to treat people who fought for this country this way and the fact this opression was only 60 to 70 years ago is extremely disapointing.

Re: GI bill
by NIHAL DHILLON - Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 09:53 PM

Charles B. Rangel was one of the many people who did not get the benefits he deserved. The Veterans Administration made sure that African Americans did not get the same opportunities as White Veterans and even in that Homosexuals also did not get the same benefits. I think it all comes back to the idea of competition. If more African Americans were educated then their would be more competition for jobs and people were racist. Some people were conservatives and that reflected on the types of discharges.