Chapter Four

AN INTERESTING CONTRAST between white officers and enlisted men was presented one afternoon when, at the request of a sergeant, I attended a bull session with a group of enlisted men who wanted to talk about the race question. There were between eighty and ninety crowded into every available spot of a sizable room. All were dressed in dungarees, having just come from a near-by park in the West End of London. The highest-ranking officer among them was the sergeant who had invited me. When drafted, he had been teaching at a well-known school for poor whites in the mountains of north Georgia.

"We are men from all over the United States," he said in his introduction. "Most of us had given little thought to the race problem before we entered the Army. But over here we are beginning to realize that the race problem is not confined either to the South or to the whole United States --that it is a world-wide one to which we've got to find a solution. The reason we asked you to come and talk to us is that we feel you will tell us the truth." With that, he sat down on the floor with the others.

I talked informally about the global, the national, the sectional, and the Army aspects of race. I told them of Félix Eboué, black Governor-General of French Equa-

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