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NEGRO QUitS-H ITS TRAINING PROGRAM 'A Aide to Strmson Resigns as Protests Against Air Corps, Practices Washington, Jan. 31 (&)— William H. Hastie, Negro civilian aide to Secretary of'^ar Stimson, said today he bad resigned la protest against "discriminatory practices of the Army Air Forces in matters affecting Negroes." He recalled in a statement that a training center for Negro pilots had been established at Tuskegee University in Alabama over his protests against segregation. Since (ben, he said, adequate provisions have not .been made for ground troops to work with qualified Negro pilots. "The simple fact," he commented, "is that the Air Command doe* not want Negro pilots flying in and out of various fields, eating, sleep- Ing and mingling -with olher personnel, as a service pilot must do in carrying out his various missions." Hastie, dean of law at Howard University here, said tha't when he took office "the Secretary of War directed that all questions of policy and Important proposals relating to Negroes should be referred to my office for comment or approval before final action." "In December, 1940, the Air Forces referred to me a plan for a segregated training center for Negro psrsnit pilots at Tnskegee," he said. "I expressed my entire disagreement with the plan, giving my reasons in detail. My views were disregarded. Since then, the Air Cor»mand has never on its on initiative submitted any plan or project to me for comment or recommendation. Whatever information I obtained, I bad lo seek out. Where 1 made proposals or recommendations, I volunteered them. "But the reactionary policies and discriminatory practices of the Air Forces are much more ierioas (Continued on Pat* I)

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  1. The Morning Herald,
  2. 01 Feb 1943, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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