Blumenthal, Ralph. "'Pervasive' Racial Unrest Is Found In Armed Forces."
New York Times, November 29, 1969, p. 1, 7.
Howard Bennett, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Civil Rights, was on a visit to
South Vietnam to assess the situation there following a series of well publicized racial
clashes. The previous year Bennett had made a similar tour of American bases, and after his
visit to South Vietnam he had plans to continue to visit bases in other Asian countries and
Europe. Most common among his findings were problems of reporting problems to superiors (due
to fear of punishment), lack of advancement despite an individuals achievement, and the denial
of displaying Black Power symbolism. In the article, Bennett recommends that the rest of the
armed services follow the example of the Marines by letting these displays occur without