The further adventures of the Tuskegee Airmen, from SBPDL:
Poetic Justice: Four Black Kids Carjack a Tuskegee Airmen (Calling Him the N-Word)... in 90% Black Detroit
One time, not long ago, I thought to myself -- how in the hell did America win World War II without the Tuskegee Airmen flying combat missions in the Pacific Theater, instead of only escorting bombers starting in 1943 in the European Theater?
Today, while reading this story from The Detroit News, I found myself asking the same question [Four teens charged in Detroit carjacking of 88-year-old Tuskegee airman, 3-4-13]:
As he stared down the barrel of a nickel-plated pistol wielded by a teenaged gunman demanding the keys to his Jeep, Jesse Rutledge said an odd thought entered his mind:
"I'm thinking, 'This kid is so little; how's he going to see over the steering wheel?'" said the 88-year-old former Tuskegee Airman who flew bombing missions over Japan in World War II.
That initial thought was replaced by fear, said Rutledge, who was carjacked by four youths as he left a barber shop near Harper and Van Dyke at about 4 p.m. Saturday.
"Yeah, I was scared." Rutledge, a former gunner on a B-25 bomber, shook his head. "I'm 80-something years old and I still got to fight out here."
Police arrested the alleged robbers — ages 13, 14, 15 and 16 — the next day.
"They were charged as juveniles with carjacking," said Maria Miller, spokeswoman for Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. "As juveniles, the court has the option of retaining jurisdiction on them until they are 21 if they are convicted."
A $75,000 bond was set for the gunman and $50,000 bonds were set for his accomplices. All four are scheduled to appear in court on March 20.
The day of the incident started out like many Saturdays for Rutledge: He drove his 1999 Jeep Cherokee to the Sportzone Barber Shop not far from his home.
"I like to go down and see my buddies in the barber shop, and watch TV for awhile," he said. "I left the shop and was walking toward my Jeep, when these kids came out of this abandoned house and walked straight toward me like they know me or something.
"The littlest one had the gun and he did all the talking. He said, 'Give me your keys.' I was slow getting the keys and this kid racks his gun and tells me, 'You don't think I'll shoot you, do you (expletive)?' Where would someone that young get a gun like that?"
Rutledge, an Alabama native who heard the same racial epithet many times growing up in the Deep South and while serving in the military, said it was disconcerting to have an African-American youth call him that while leveling a pistol at him.
"I don't know what's wrong with these kids," he said. "When I was that age, I was working a mule, plowing fields. These kids have no home-training, I guess."So four black kids in Detroit dared jump a member of the vaunted Tuskegee Airmen, in a city a member of the same black tribe of aerial warriors helped destroy when he was elected the first black mayor in 1973?
And his four black attackers called him a 'n-i-g-g-e-r' too...
Never mind that this man was attacked and called a racial epithet by his black assailants in a city that is 90 percent black (that's what we call an example of Freedom Failed); what matters is the media immediately making a huge deal that Jesse Rutledge was a Tuskegee Airmen. (Read the rest HERE.)