Discrimination in WWll

By Jordan Sarmento

Discrimination in the Military

Not just Blacks but all minority's were discriminated against during the war. Even though they were given jobs during the war they weren't combat jobs. Minority's were given non-combat jobs such as cooks, trainers and deck hands. Since they were different they weren't allowed to fight. They were even held in separate barracks and training grounds.

Discrimination in Germany

As Germany became a stronger economy it was put under new leadership. Hitler was pronounced as Germanys new leader. Hitler made some very bad decisions while he was leader. One major action that Hitler made was the holocaust. the holocaust was where Hitler captured a total of 6 million Jewish and put them on concentration camps where they were later killed. He did this out of pure hate of the religion and the people

Doris Miller

Doris Miller was an African American Navy veteran who was recognized for his bravery during WWll. He was born on October 12, 1919 in Waco Texas. Since he was an African American, he was given a non combat job as a Messmen Third Class. During the attacks he stepped up and manned a gun to help save many lives from enemy planes. he received a Navy Cross, a Purple Heart, and a Combat Action Ribbon.

Discrimination in General

Although minority's had "right" they were still treated differently.

  • In the military, Black's were held in different barracks and trained on different training grounds
  • They were given non-combat jobs
  • Woman were given non-combat jobs
  • Woman could work as nurses or work in factories to help out in the war effort
  • Jews were captured based on race
  • Jews were brought to camps and killed for no reason

Effects on WWll


  • A social effect of WWll was that the minority's were thought of differently. Many people saw that certain minority's stood up during tough time and showed bravery which opened up the a new path way for minority's.


  • An economic effect of WWll would be the end to the Great Depression. Once America declared war on Japan, many jobs opened up for unemployed Americans. People of all genders and races got to have jobs which helped out the war effort.


  • A political effect of WWll was that Japan surrendered. America dropped 2 bombs on 2 different cities in Japan. We dropped them a couple of days apart. The first bomb destroyed the Japanese city but they still didn't surrender as it would show a sign of weakness. We dropped a second bomb on a different city which finally caused them to surrender and us winning the war against us.

How and Why Questions


How has the bravery of many minority's during the entire span of WWll reflect on the interpretation we have on racism today?

  • The actions that minority's such as Doris Miller took during WWll were very brave. The very brave acts changed the way people thought of them back then. There bravery brought new respect for them and their minority group and a chance at combat jobs towards the end of the war. Time has progressed and people have accepted all races as one.


Why did all minority's and woman get treated unfairly by being forced to have non-combat jobs in the military?

  • Minority's and woman were treated differently. Minority's were thought to be different and/or incapable of completing military duties of a combat job. Towards the end of the war minority's were given some combat jobs but were still treated unfair. They had to sleep in different barracks and train on different training grounds. Woman on the other hand still weren't given combat jobs and still worked as nurses and other jobs.