Among several hundred people who gathered to celebrate African-American veterans in Roxbury's General Edward O. Gourdin Park yesterday was the grand-nephew of the famed judge, general, and athlete for whom the park is named.It's interesting that there are no celebrations to honor those veterans with red hair...or veterans with hazel colored eyes. We consistantly and incessantly hear the "drums" demanding equality from those with more melanin in their skin tone. But, we always see segregational type honorarians such as this at the same time.
The "red hair" and the "hazel colored eyes" examples are arbitrary. However, simply put, were someone to set up a celebration of "white veterans," what would be the response? There is your litmus test on just what a celebration such as this represents.