'Black Shame'

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History Today
Vol. 56, no. 10 (October 2006), p. 14-21

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In the Iraq War a radical Muslim group claimed that they prefer to attack black American soldiers, because 'To have Negroes occupying us is a particular humiliation. Sometimes we aborted a mission because there were no Negroes'. As Dick van Galen Last shows here, such prejudices were also common in the 20th century when an occupation by black soldiers was considered an exceptional humiliation: in the years after the Great War the German people called it the 'Black Shame'