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Vietnam was a Racist War

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"The Main Reason for American Opposition towards the Vietnam War was because it was seen as a Racist War" On the one hand, I agree that it is true; the main reason Americans detested the war was because it was chauvinistic. For example, in Source C, Martin Luther King, a famous black human rights leader, said that the US army was integrated, while the US society was segregated. He said; "...kill and die together", meaning that they can fight together in something that they are most likely to be defeated in, but not be together in the "great" American society. Martin Luther King also says; "...unable to provide schools...sit together", implicating that black people are not even educated, and they cannot even sit together on buses and trains, they couldn't even go to the same schools. Using my own knowledge, I know that a tenth of the US population was black, but a fifth of the army were black. Implicating that the number of black people doubled in the army from society. From my own knowledge, I know that the draft was unfair, as the number of black people drafted to go to the Vietnam War doubled in the army, showing that the draft had to be prejudiced, as it also chose the poor white boys, who had no power to overrule the selection that had been made. ...read more.


This made everyone in America annoyed, not only the Black population. This can be supported by source B; the image shows the "Great Society" going up in smoke, towards the Vietnam War. The Black population believed the money that was meant to be spent on them was being wasted. The total amount spent on the Vietnam war was around $150, 000, 000, 000; 150 billion dollars. The Kent State shootings occurred at Kent State University in the city of Kent, Ohio, and involved the shooting of unarmed college students by members of the Ohio National Guards on Monday, May 4, 1970. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others. This means that instead of Americans killing Vietnamese people in another country, they are now killing their own people in the country that is meant to have 'freedom of speech'. In Source A, it shows a photograph of a student (Jeffrey Miller), shot dead on the ground for just protesting about killing innocent people back in Vietnam. Another reason as to why Americans hated this war for reason other than racism is because they saw directly what actually happened in Vietnam. ...read more.


The final point that I am going to make is that may US soldiers were dying. This could have made the public think that the war was a bad idea after all, as most of the people that were sent to Vietnam ended up coming back "...home in a box", meaning that they are going to come back dead. The people who sung this song were young students, whom in the '60s, turned to the 'hippie' way of life. This meant that they believed in peace, love, and were rebellious. This could have been why they were against the Vietnam War, for peace and love. Sources A and D support this as they both show how different the youths are to the older generations, compared to in the '60s. In conclusion, I think that the main reason as to why Americans opposed this war was not because that it was a racist war. I think that it was because there were just so many other factors, but the main one, in my opinion, are because it was a media war, and that it was an era of peace and love, making everyone think along the lines of the youths. ?? ?? ?? ?? Prikarean Nagarajah 1184 1 ...read more.

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