Voc Canockers wrote:But if you were white and of military age you were more likely to end up going to Vietnam than if you were African-American.
and more likely to wind up serving in a non bullet sponge capacity. ALso you're completely ignoring the ENLISTMENT rates vs the draft rates. Even by your numbers (which i cannot substantiate) they still wound up dead more often and did so against their will. You're also ignoring that rates of being drafted for blacks were far higher at one point and evened out as the war went on: namely they were drafting blacks at far higher rates and the protests made them change their policy.
This is on top of the racism they faced both in the army and at home, which is a double slap in the face. "Hey! fight for your country. Your country hates you! Fight for it!" And if you didn't like that, screw you we have police.
Your primary complaint with the weather underground seems to be that they worked outside of the system. Which I will never understand as a complaint when you know the system is corrupt.
The draft rates magically evened out when Nixon yanked student deferments.