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Black Troops & the Gulf War (1991)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1991-02-01

Duration: 00:10:21

Subjects: Military | African Americans | Persian Gulf War, 1991 | Iraq


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Nachman, Karen Reporter
  • Jetson, Raymond Interviewee
  • Durant, Thomas Interviewee
  • Richardson, Rupert Interviewee
  • Fontenot, Michael Interviewee
  • Barrow, Robert Interviewee
  • Brown, Reginald Interviewee
  • Dominic, LaShaunda Interviewee


This segment from the February 1, 1991, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Karen Nachman’s report on the concerns that African Americans comprise a disproportionate number of the frontline troops serving in Operation Desert Storm and the Persian Gulf War. Nachman reports that 27% of troops from the United States are African American. She interviews: State Representative Raymond Jetson; Dr. Thomas Durant, a professor of sociology at LSU; Rupert Richardson of the NAACP; Dr. Michael Fontenot, a military historian at SU; retired General Robert Barrow; Major Reginald Brown of the NAACP; and LaShaunda Dominic, the wife a soldier. Host: Robert Collins