CNN reported on the impending christening and while doing so appeared to have wanted to sully its historical significance; particularly by intervening with a comment that stated, “at the time African Americans were not allowed to operate guns in the navy.”
One could surmise that CNN’s comment was off-hand, Machiavellian at best; or, pure evil, and filled with cynicism at its worst.
Perhaps CNN should’ve taken into consideration that the moment Doris Miller manned his ship’s deck gun, and fired upon the Imperial Japanese Navy, African Americans were allowed to operate guns, and probably fired guns among the navy’s lower leadership ranks previous to Miller’s heroic event. It was likely through racists and discriminating policies that African Americans could not enter a weapon’s rate, and not so much as the lack of approbation for African American men to operate guns in the U.S. Navy. Furthermore, Miller was awarded the Navy Cross for valor performed as a 3rd class, and not a 2nd class petty officer.
Fact: Despite CNN’s slogan that reads its network is “the most trusted name in news,” among many Americans it is the least trusted name in news.
Something else may interest you: “African-American sailors had been limited to serving as Mess Attendants for nearly two decades.”