'Red Tails': Black Men Fighting 2 Wars

The new film explores how Tuskegee Airmen were up against both the Nazis and racism in the U.S.

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As with the journeys of all other black soldiers before them in all of the wars in which America has been a part, the harrowing story of the Red Tails is about African Americans overcoming injustice by upholding democracy, despite their realities as second-class citizens in America.

They were heroes not because they were finally recognized with Medals of Honor decades after they sacrificed their lives for America but because they prevailed over an enemy both in the sky and on land at home. But through it all, as Parker's character aptly shouts before the film's final battle: "From the last plane, to the last bullet, to the last man, we fight."

And they won every time.

Jean McGianni Celestin is a New York-based writer who writes about race, sports and politics. Follow him on Twitter.

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