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The Left: A Century of Fostering Racial Tension

Last century's leftist politicos left behind copious evidence of race-card playing.

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Mary Grabar

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October 2, 2011 - 12:00 am
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The pundits have no reason to be scratching their heads in this latest flaunting of reason. The charge of “racism” goes back a long way and can be found in now ignored literature. Consider, for example, a 1953 pamphlet by Hugh Bradley titled “Next Steps in the Struggle for Negro Freedom,” described on the title page as “Report Delivered at the National Conference of the Communist Party.”

Bradley takes it upon himself to criticize the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, claiming that president Walter White’s address “emphasized the major weaknesses and most negative features of the 44th Annual Convention of the NAACP — the capitulation by the top leadership to the Eisenhower Administration and an orgy of Red-baiting which reached a level never before equaled in any Negro gathering.”

The “explanation” for the policy, according to Bradley, “is to be found in the composition of the Convention and its leadership, made up as it was of the Negro middle class and petty-bourgeoisie.” Bradley bemoaned the fact that “[t]he Negro workers in the main were absent; progressives and Communists, in the main, were absent,” and “the only spokesmen claiming to speak for labor at the Convention were primarily a handful of Trotskyites and Social-Democrats.”

Nearly sixty years later, we have a similar base of support for Barack Obama: an elite class of progressives who speak on behalf of the (largely minority) underclass, and “labor.”

In the intervening sixty years, the progressives/communists/socialists have engaged in a propaganda war, charging those who do not agree with their agenda with racism. Their Great Society social policies have succeeded in destroying cohesive communities, as intended, so the “disadvantaged” are dependent on their wisdom in dispensing the goods confiscated from the bourgeoisie. Thus, have they marginalized the black bourgeoisie, once the backbone of black communities. The progressive elites who have completed their march into the institutions that form public opinion — academia and the media — have disappeared the black leaders who disagreed with such socialist goals. They would like us to forget what they said in 1953, for they want us to believe that “progressives” are forever on the cutting edge.

But what they say is nothing new. The evidence is in library archives.

Although Hugh Bradley called it “anti-Communist slander,” NAACP President White diagnosed the problem correctly: “As is always the case the Communists have rushed in whenever possible to exploit misery and unrest.”

What would he say about the words of former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste”?

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Mary Grabar earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia and teaches in Atlanta. She is organizing the Resistance to the Re-Education of America at www.dissidentprof.com. Her writing can be found at www.marygrabar.com. Subscribe to dispatches here.
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