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Book Description from Back CoverDetermined to be a U.S. Marine Corps officer, Bruce Yamashita enrolled in Officer Candidate School, where he was the target of persistent racial harassment by officers and staff. After enduring ten weeks of emotional and physical abuse, Yamashita was "disenrolled" in April 1989-kicked out of the Marine Corps because of the color of his skin. Fighting Tradition is Yamashita's own story of his courageous struggle to expose a pattern of racial discrimination against minorities that has existed at various levels of the Corps. With the support of a broad coalition of community and civil rights organizations, the Hawai'i-born law school graduate fought a five-year-long legal, political, and media battle against the military establishment that ended in his commissioning as a captain and the revision of Marine Corps policies and procedures. Fighting Tradition is not only a moving story of personal sacrifice and vision, but contributes also both directly and indirectly to our understanding of the complexities of institutional racism in a politically " conservative, demographically shifting society. It is a unique window into the dynamics of race, government, and the law and a stirring reminder of the importance of political mobilization by the individual to achieve justice.
Comments from Back Cover"Fighting Tradition succeeds because it tells a compelling story that needed to be told."
"A valuable account of one person's fight against racial profiling and the inexcusable damage to civil liberties and self-worth that result from it."
Background on Bruce I. YamashitaBruce I. Yamashita is a captain in the Marine Corps Reserves. He lives in Washington, D.C., where he practices criminal and immigration law. Yamashita continues to advise those who have been wrongfully discharged from the U.S. military.
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