On July 17, 2014, a military warhead brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that was headed to Kuala Lumpar from Amsterdam. All 298 souls aboard perished. Suspects behind the downing the airliner includes the likes of Russian Leader Vladimir Putin. Putin has sidestepped accusations of responsibility by denying involvement in the calamity.
Granted, Putin was not on the battlefield and did not hit the arm and fire missile buttons. However, he still could be the enabler that armed the Pro-Russian separatists whom shot down two Ukrainian military aircraft days before the commercial jet attack.
Here’s some excellent archival research by NPR’s Code Switch team (with help from NPR librarian Katie Daugert on blacks passing as East Indian or using “exotica” to navigate the Jim Crow South. This perspective complicates the conversations trending on the Internet about cultural appropriation.
"I was Jim Crowed here, Jim Crowed there, Jim Crowed all over the place. And I didn’t like being Jim Crowed." —- Jesse Routté, who pulled off what historian Paul Kramer calls the “turban trick.”
At the time, ideas of race in America were quite literally black and white. But a few meters of cloth changed the way some people of color were treated.