Originally posted by sonhouse
There is that. I was just talking about the guy's old gang, their reaction if he took off the tattoo to get in the military. They would have to know IF he was in the military AND they knew you couldn't get in with a gang tattoo, they would be able to put two and two together and conclude he had gotten rid of his tattoo and would probably be waiting for him ...[text shortened]... st the guy with the confederate flag could have it removed with no danger from his old comrades.
"..because someone was trying to kill them and they would be instant brothers ..."
Not necessarily. During the Second World War, there was an incident involving a USAAF
unit (segregated) of black pilots (the Tuskegee airmen). A white South African pilot in the RAF
(who seemed extremely racist even by white South African standards) was heard objecting
in the fiercest terms to any black men being allowed to fly combat. He said that he would
prefer to fight without such allies. Reportedly, this South African pilot (flying a Spitfire)
then executed a surprise attack against a P-40 fighter flown by a black American pilot,
who was shot down and killed. Afterward, many of the black American pilots thirsted for
revenge, considering fighting the South Africans on the ground or even in the air.
But 'cooler heads' prevailed. The black American pilots were warned that they would face
a court-martial for intentionally attacking any allies. The Americans demanded that the
South African pilot face a court-martial by the RAF. His excuse was that he had misidentified
the P-40 as a Luftwaffe Bf-109. The RAF believed it had insufficient evidence to proceed
with a court-martial. The South African pilot was just grounded and sent home early.
Even decades later, surviving black American pilots spoke with bitterness about the incident.