A long line of young men waits to get their badges from Armstrong. He hands one to Dawson and says, "Wear it proud, son." Usher is next. That's right. I said Usher. He's in this film too. Armstrong looks at him. Then hands him the badge. He doesn't say anything. Oh. There's racial tension.
Dawson walks along with Usher and another young man. His name is Sam. He's from "San Antone." He stutters. They make small talk. Usher's "daddy" found a copper mine on his land. Someone wanted the mine, so they shot him. Usher says, "You shouldn't just be able to shoot a man and claim his land." Okay. Are they not walking around the "Old West"? Was America not founded on native soil? Did soldiers not walk around shooting Native Americans and taking their land? I guess it doesn't count in that instance in this film. Right. Usher wants to know whether or not the sergeant made him a "rifleman" or a "scout." Because every "white boy" he's met up until now is a rifleman. The coloured boys -- sergeant made them a scout. Blah racial tension, blah he'll show him he's a shooter, blah President Grant, blah strongly worded letter, blah Dawson's patronizing blah.