|Three Centuries of African-American Soldiers|
Educational institutions largely ignore this history; usually approaching it, when at all, in fragments and cliches. Why is so much emphasis placed on Crispus Attucks, whose only distinction is being killed in a protest, rather than Salem Poor, who bore arms? What's wrong with this picture?
Information reaches the general public sporadically through the media. Commercially, Hollywood produced Glory, and Red Tails. and TNT Buffalo Soldiers. PBS' "The African Americans" and "Slavery and the Making of America" touch upon portions of it. PBS also made a 5 minute clip,"Black Soldiers and Sailors in the War of 1812".
The institutional negligence this military history helps to perpetuate stereo types and myths about black people, and impoverishes the rich story of our nations's development.