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Quotation by Gwendolyn Brooks
They had supposed their formula was fixed. They had obeyed instructions to devise A type of cold, a type of hooded gaze. But when the Negroes came they were perplexed. These Negroes looked like men....
Gwendolyn Brooks (b. 1917), African American poet, fiction writer, and autobiographer. "Gay Chaps at the Bar: the white troops had their orders but the Negroes looked like men," lines 1-5 (1945).
At this time, American military units were racially segregated.
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