Korean Climate

Mean Temp 14.2°C 57.56°F at Taegu      

Heavy Overcast

1950 Pacific Typhoon Season

Korea Temps - 1950-1953 - Station 143 (Daegu)


April 12, 1950 (Wednesday)


Secretary Rosenberg took it upon herself to meet with legislators interested in civil rights to outline the department's current progress and future plans for guaranteeing equal treatment for black servicemen. She also arranged for her assistants and Brig. Gen. B. M. McFayden, the Army's Deputy G-1, to brief officials of the various civil rights organizations on the same subject.54 She had congressional complaints and proposals speedily investigated, and demanded from the services periodic progress reports which she issued to legislators who backed civil rights. [55]

Rosenberg and her departmental colleagues were less forthcoming in some other areas of civil rights, Reflecting a desire to placate segregationist forces in Congress. they did little, for example, to promote federal protection of servicemen in cases of racial violence outside the military reservation. The NAACP had been urging the passage of such legislation for many years, and in March lest Clarence Mitchell called Rosenberg's attention to the mistreatment of black servicemen and their families suffered at the hands of policemen and civilians in communities surrounding some military bases.[56]

At times, Walter White charged, these humiliations and abuses by civilians were condoned by military police. He warned that such treatment

 "can only succeed in adversely affecting the morale of Negro troops ... and hamper efforts to secure full-hearted support of the American Negro for the Government's military and foreign policy program.[57]


Congressional Coffee Hour (House of Representatives). L-R: Congressman Abraham J. Multer (New York); Congressman Herman Toll (Pennsylvania); Congressman Robert N. C. Nix (Pennsylvania); President John F. Kennedy; Congressman Roland V. Libonati (Illinois); Congressman M. Blaine Peterson (Utah); Congressman William S. Moorhead (Pennsylvania). Blue Room, White House, Washington, D.C.


The civil rights leaders had at least some congressional support for their demand. Congressman Abraham J. Multer of New York called on the Armed Services Committee to include in the 1950 extension of the Selective Service Act an amendment making attacks on uniformed men and women and discrimination against them by public officials and in public places of recreation and interstate travel federal offenses.[58]



Focusing on a different aspect of the problem, Senator Humphrey introduced an amendment to the Senate version of the bill to protect servicemen detained by public authority against civil violence or punishment by extra legal forces. Both amendments were tabled before final vote on the bill.[59]





Notes for Wednesday April 12, 1950