So what I really meant was…
“I will become a great pilot.”
Whatever unfairness a person faces, one part of overcoming it is to work and perform at a level of high distinction.
During WW I, African American men were not allowed to fly because of racial prejudice. Yet, through perseverance, hard work, and excellence, the “Tuskegee Airmen” became the most requested pilots to escort and protect bomber missions during World War II. Also called the “Red Tails” because of the red paint applied on their airplane tail assemblies, they achieved an exceptional record of protecting bombers during some 200 escort missions during the war.
We proved that the antidote to racism is excellence in performance.
~Tuskegee Airman Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Carter
by Alison Poulsen