The following passage from pages of Selective Service and Victory: The 4th Report of the Director of Selective Service Washington: Government Printing Office, represents the best statistical information available to the US Army Center of Military History to answer questions about the participation of various minority groups in the armed forces of the United States during the Second World War. Note carefully which of these statistics cover those minorities drafted into the armed forces and which include personnel who voluntarily enlisted. Statistics are extremely difficult to compile since contemporary classifications and the Army's interest in data rarely match modern interests. Another special problem of great importance in Selective Service operations was the mobilization of Negro registrants and other minority groups of this nature.
Ethnic minorities in the U.S. armed forces during World War II
Ethnic minorities in the U.S. armed forces during World War II - Wikipedia
All citizens were equally subject to the draft. All minorities were given the same rate of pay. Bill and other veterans' benefits on a basis of equality. Many veterans, having learned organizational skills, and become more alert to the nationwide situation of their group, became active in civil rights activities after the war. The majority of the American population at the outbreak of the war were of European descent, including Italy , Germany , and Ireland. A considerable number of groups legally defined as white could still be considered ethnic minorities at the time, particularly those from Southern or Eastern Europe.
By , people from many different ethnic and racial groups made their home in California. A set of maps show the distribution of racial and national groups in the greater Los Angeles area, based on the US census. According to the caption, "And they get along too.
There are now more Asian and Pacific Islander groups than in the past - with 28 Asian and 19 Pacific Islander subgroups representing a vast array of languages and cultures. Many Asians and Pacific Islanders have ancestry in a number of different cultures. In the first half of the 19th century, many people from Asia, particularly Chinese, immigrated to the United States, where opportunities for employment were abundant. This was clearly a condition consistent with a nation that was growing not only geographically but economically as well.