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Davis’s experience in the Orangeburg riot predicted the deteriorating situation of black soldiers and veterans over the next four years. As Wallace Terry writes: “[Black veterans] hoped to come home to more than they had before; they came home to less. Black unemployment among black veterans [was] more than double the rate for white veterans. The doors to the Great society had been shut.” Terry’s observation recalled SNCC’s opposition to the war in 1966. SNCC’s position paper stated: “We maintain that our country’s cry of ‘preserve freedom in the world’ is a hypocritical mask, behind which it squashes liberation movements which are not bound, and refuse to be bound, by the expediencies of United States cold war policies.” Indeed, Davis’s experience reporting on black soldiers in Vietnam and the suppression of black protestors that he witnessed in Orangeburg reflected SNCC’s earlier views.