Ed Driscoll

WHAT IS IT WITH BLACK CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS AND COMMUNISM?

Last week, I linked to a couple of jaw-dropping quotes from the 1940s and early ’50s by Paul Robeson. When I was going through my archives, I found this recent classic about Communist Cuba, from Al Sharpton. And of course, Nelson Mandela and Harry Belafonte have paid a fair amount of lip-service to Castro as well.

Ayn Rand once said that “The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities”. So why do men such as Mandela, and the late Robeson, who hold themselves out as seeking civil rights, admire leaders who crush them?