Black Lives matter and Civil Rights movement rooted in Socialism
Black Lives matter and the Civil Rights movement are rooted in Socialism Ronald Reagan often quoted Norman Thomas, the perennial Socialist nominee for president in the New Deal era, as saying: “The American people would never knowingly vote for Socialism, but that under the name of liberalism, they would adopt every fragment of the socialist program.”
This is a continuation on my series of how Socialism is rooted in most present day social and economic woes. This post is centered on Black Lives Matter and their roots in Socialism. It will not be popular with some, especially whites who have been overwhelmed with their guilt for slavery (see post below for some guilt relief, college students can go to their safe space and read it). The elephant in the room is the Civil rights movement was founded in Socialism.
The Progressive Labor Party was formed in the fall of 1961 by members of the Communist Party USA who felt that the Soviet Union (millennials who did not have time for History because of your sex ed and gay pride classes see below for countries in the Soviet Union) had betrayed communism and became revisionist amidst the Sino-Soviet Split.
Progressive Labor Party (rooted in Socialism) founded the university campus based movement M2M, which organized the first significant march against the Vietnam War (I know for you liberals reading it was evil but show respect to the veterans of this war they are the ones giving you the right to be a pansy and sit in your momma’s basement playing Minecraft) in New York City in 1964.
Another group formed in the 1960’s called the Socialist Workers Party. They supported both the civil rights movement and the Black nationalist movement which thrived during the 1960’s. It particularly praised the militancy of Black nationalist leader Malcolm X (and if you don’t think he was militant again read a HISTORY book).
Kahn and Horowitz (prominent Socialist), along with Norman Hill helped Bayard Rustin with the Civil Rights Movement. Rustin had helped to spread pacifists and non-violence to leaders of the civil rights movement, like Martin Luther King (now I get to someone millennials will know).
Rustin’s circle and A. Phillip Randolph (all Socialist) organized the 1963 March on Washington where Martin Luther King delivered his I have a dream speech. Martin Luther King began to speak of the need for fundamental changes (how did everyone like the modern-day version of Fundamental Change rooted in Socialism from Barack Hussein Obama) in the political and economic life or the nation, and more frequently expressed his opposition to the war and his desire to see a redistribution or resources (again sound familiar) to correct racial and economic injustice.
King started the Poor People’s Campaign in 1968 as an effort to gain economic justice for poor people in the United states. He guarded his language in public to avoid being linked to communism by his enemies, but in private he sometimes spoke of his support for Democratic Socialism (hello Bernie Sanders).
In a 1952 letter to Coretta Scott, he said “I imagine you already know that I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic. In one speech, he stated that “something is wrong with capitalism” and claimed that “there must be a better distribution of wealth (Obama was a plagiarist and a Socialist) and maybe America must move toward a “democratic Socialism”. King had read Marx while at Morehouse.
The Black Panther Party, which was rooted in Socialism, was a black revolutionary socialist organization active in the United States from 1966 until 1982. They achieved national and international notoriety through their involvement in the Black Power movement in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Ultimately, the Panthers condemned black nationalism as “black racism” and became more focused on socialism without racial exclusivity. They instituted a variety of community social programs designed to alleviate poverty, improve health among inner city black communities, and soften the Party’s public image.
Modern day black activist Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are both disciples of Martin Luther King and their rhetoric is centered around redistribution of wealth and what they really would like to push is reparations, which is rooted in Socialism (again see my post on blacks owning slaves you guilt ridden white people). They like King and those before him are radical Socialist whose end game is to redistribute wealth through social activism (Marxism).
The modern-day punks that formed in 2013, with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter are really just a bunch of paid bad-ass pretenders, and basically a paid mob. The names will change because radical Socialist are still unpopular in the US. But the fact remains the civil rights movement is rooted in Socialism.