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There are 1 items available. The overt segregation of the US as to the possible influence ofAxis sym- army was soon heartily endorsed by pathisers in fomenting negro restive- Queensland society," and likewise US ness. The Americans discounted the General Patrick J. Hurley was able to idea, remarking instead that it was most write approvingly in June that likely the result ofagitation by a "com- "I have never seen the racial problem munistic element, who advocate equal- brought home so forcibly as it is over ity between the white and coloured here in Queensland".
P The brawl had been While relations between white occasioned by protests at a ban on Americans and their white Australian black servicemen at dances. We arc as good, if not better inf. The hypoc- discrimination. While the Communist Party was of- risy of segregation and entrenched discrimination in ficially committed to combating racism and promot- an army engaged in a global 'struggle for democ- ing internationalism," Brisbane's The Workerdefended racy' certainly was not lost upon black GIs in Aus- its vision of an exclusively white, workers' Australia.
Jackie Robinson, member of a Crimes by negroes, particularlysex offences against black company at Fort Riley in the US, observed: white women, arc causing considerable: concern in "They want to send me 10, miles away to fight those Australian areaswhere negroes are located. In Sydney the complaint is made that negroes got stools I can't put my black butt on to drink a prowl about the city at night, many of them carry- bottle of beer".
Women who frequent the Domain draw perhaps particularly acute in the Pacific war, where them in their hundreds-an ugly sight in a white the racial element in the struggle against Japan was man's country," used so forcefully in Allied propaganda. One is left to wonder at the impact upon the morale of non- Distrust of the black soldier was not confined to white Allied soldiers of this ptopaganda; if not upon fear of his appetites should he be 'turned loose' on negro and Aboriginal soldiers, then certainly upon the white public.
Barry Ralph cites a "not very pub- Filipinos in the US army and East Indians in the licised poll" in which 20 per cent of black Americans Dutch, both of which groups were stationed in Aus- thought they would be better off under Japanese tralia in some:: numbers.
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Fears of mutiny among black troops had begun dependence armies" such as the Indian National to mount since:: their arrival in early , but in Army INA -there is little doubt the US high com- nearly all intelligence assessments entrenched rac- mand considered black troops best kept far from ism and segregative policies were overlooked as sig- the combat area.
Jack Richardson and incomprehensible alien force. Up ahead were tells of a conversation with blackAmerican soldiers scores, perhaps hundreds of drunken, lustful and ra- in Townsville-perhaps with men of the 96th it- pacious "Boongs" "that's what we called them self-in which they voiced fears of being put aboard then" ," surging roward a helplesscity ofwhite women a troopship which would then be torpedoed No doubt the image came to him of American submarines. Against that fearsome unknown the trustworthiness of its black population. In that would perhaps soon burst into the illuminated Queensland, authorities warned that: road ahead, he made ready as a soldier had been trained.
The troops took up firing positions, and he The half-educated half-castes and aboriginals have loaded his pistol. They arc US officer appeared. Of course, being white, the extremelyclass-conscious and considerthat they have Australians held their fire. Duddington hurried to hadarawdealfrom the white man.
These sentiments speak to him. He was a Major. Perhaps this was arc NOT displayed to the white man's face, but are Major Yoder of the 96th Engineers, he of 'foolish most evident when the coloured people arc together habits' and the 'machine-gun gab'. He offered to go in groups. There is little doubt that the JAPS would into the 96th's camp and talk to "the boys", get find many of them willing helpers. Duddington agreed: "And then he walked discrimination, distrust. Barred from Townsville and off up the road, all by himself I'll never forget that fed up with inferior entertainments, half of the 96th image" , Captain Samuelson The rumours concerning the 96th's mutiny mul- had already left by 21 April The remaining tiplied over following days.
Nineteen coffins had been companies were to be attached to the 46th Engin- ordered and sent to the camp. The negroes had made eers, to continue the tedious and exhausting labour it as tar as Corbeth's waterhole before being beaten with which they had become so familiar, like the back.
Under the temporary command of a Major tle US Major ralked them out of it". Given the evident will- he would shut up after 10 or 15 minutes of his ma- ingness of the Australian militia to mow down the chine-gun gab" and a Captain Behrens " Yoder" ," the men of the 96th some- it's likely that even the most taciturn officer of the how reached breaking point.
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American GI, as many locals later maintained. The local residents reported gunfire coming from the companies of the 96th shipped to New Guinea ar- camp sometime between 8 p. Perhaps his remarks were cen- May evening. At first it was thought to be war games. Many Then the rumours began to circulate: the blacks had of those who participated-like Harry Duddington, shot their officers. They had seized rifles.
Officers who would become my grandfuther-arc now dead. Others, like Jack Richardson, never made it to the The blacks were drunk and had commandeered scene, but were called back before being fully de- trucks. They were heading for Townsville. Aboriginal citizenship was rec- HarryDuddington,interview22 July Hall ed.
The US army, HarryDuddington,interview 22 July African For many Australians, the segregation and con- Had it not Connors, Finch,saunders and Taylor, Australia'sFrontline: tion of the Allied military to bridge that seemingly Remembering the War, p. American officers of black regiments-the troubled Ralph, TheyPassed This Way, p. Harry Duddington. Barker and Usa Jackson. FleetingAttraction; A. PeterDunn,'Negroservicemen riot at the UpperRoss. AmericanServicemenIn Queensland', p.
Chief PublicityCensor1 October FromQueensland See Barkerand Jackson,FleetingAttraction, p. Council,'Brisbane Home Front kit', Brisbane, Anothersource citing the same survey See lyn Gormanand DavidMclean, Media 6. MelbOurne, , p.
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