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GI Bill Post
by LAURA GILL - Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 09:22 PM
 

As Never a Level Playing Field and Building a Straight State stated, the GI Bill, or Serviceman's Readjustment Act was an important piece of legislation for public policy regarding veterans, who often face enormous disadvantages returning from war. Despite the revolutionary nature of this bill, however, it fell short in crucial ways. The honor of serving in the military was often taken away when soldiers were discovered to have homosexual tendencies, sending them home from war not with the warranted respect but with blue papers, a discharge marking the veteran with "undesirable habits or traits". Equally as disadvantageous as a dishonorable discharge, blue discharges made it difficult for veterans to get jobs and support themselves with the shameful label. Those with blue papers, despite being dicharged under "conditions other than dishonorable", did not recieve many of the same benefits that their straight colleagues did. Similarly, the GI Bill discriminatively limited those who could recieve its benefits. After the war, much of society held the expectation that black people would return to their places of servitude where they would not threaten the job prospects of white people, especially WASPs. Most African Americans returned to the US to find the only employers that would hire them offered unliveable wages for the work. The GI Bill was meant to protect veterans from suffering when they couldn't find jobs by extending unemployment benefits to them until they find a job. The Bill, however, did not apply when a job was denied, effectively targetting African Americans who were offered only jobs with such shocking salaries that they could not possibly be lived on. Thus, when these ridiculous offers were turned down, GI Bill protection of these black veterans would be terminated. This is a parallel to the decision in the Plessy v. Ferguson decision in 1896 when the court ruled that society would be "seperate but equal" providing benefits separately for the blacks and the whites. In both instances, with the presence of racism in the foundation of our country, the fair universal rights the government offers fall disproportionately on whites, due to loopholes that allow discrimination to continue.

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Re: GI Bill Post
by JULIETTE LOW FLEURY - Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 09:41 PM
 

I agree that the loopholes in the GI- Bill that protected the VA from having to take responsibility for helping African Americans were ridiculous. You would assume that the US would have some respect for soldiers who just risked their lives for the defense of this country. Following the supposed end of segregation in the north you would also think that black people would be allowed into northern schools, but because of their financial situations they were turned away.