October 2021 Bar Bulletin
By Christopher L. Young
I knew a man once who appeared before the draft board in 1950. He told me much later, “I resented it; I resented them; those were the best years of my life and they’re gonna send me to Korea?” The Greatest Generation had already won all available laurels,1 and besides, racial discrimination was not the South’s alone. “What would I be fighting for?”
4-F, he wasn’t inducted. He played saxophone and had the opportunity to join a well-known jazz band. After a Summer tour of Europe, gigs dried up. He found work at a steel mill. A union job. Decent money;...