OPINION — Army Specialist David Hickman, an African-American from North Carolina, was the last U.S. soldier to be killed in the almost decade-long war in Iraq.
Hickman was only 23 years old when a roadside bomb tore through his armored truck, causing him internal brain hemorrhaging. He was killed on November 14, just weeks away from the war’s end.
Hickman was one of 462 black people who fought and died under Operation Iraqi Freedom. A reported 2,727 African Americans were wounded in the war.
Though we hear about the conflicts between Shia and Sunni, ISIS, Kurds and the American-supported government of Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, nothing is said about Iraq’s appalling record when it comes to the treatment of people of African heritage in that country, a country where African-Americans fought, bled and died.
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