The Tuskegee Airmen served the United States with valor during World War II, taking to the skies and fighting an enemy in Europe that took institutionalized prejudice to its horrifying end. All the while, of course, they were struggling against the comparatively lesser but still despicable institutional racism of the military at the time—a military that, as reflected in the movie's epigraph, had an official stance that African Americans were "inferior" to whites and, hence, unfit for service as pilots. From the start, these pilots were belittled: They were not a unit; they were an "experiment."
What makes the Tuskegee Airmen's story unique is not that they fought for their country but that they did so in spite of the fact that their country would have rather they didn't. To ignore that is to miss the importance of the Tuskegee Airmen, and Red Tails does just that.
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