Friday, 5 December 2008

The pre-fabricated and nuanced mis-Adventures In Paradise of a misunderstood Commie pothead radical.






















"Whut? Me a Commie?" Frank Marshall Davis does his famous impression of Charlie Parker sans saxophone. This is surprisingly similar to his even more well known impression of a non-Communist, Communist Party Member. "I'd never belong to a party that would let me be a member!" said Frank at the time. As Frank later explained to those who lack the required sophistication and nuance: "The main reason I joined the Communist Party, was to NOT be a Communist, just like everyone else at the meetings".





“The Innocence Of Frank Not A Commie, Not A Weirdo, Not A Dope Head and Not A Radical Marshall Davis is clear, Comrades! And therefore, Barack Obama is as innocent as a babe. It says so in the blurb he wrote for Bill Ayers book! Where is my Glorious People's shoe?!“ Comrade Khrushchev. [No Relation.]


Dear sports, here we go again. Mark Davis has posted another mountain of non-fascination regards the tedious sequence of events surrounding his Pop, Frank Marshall Davis. And as I never, ever delete comments due to the free speech for all thang, here tis. And it may have to be a bit of a series as this is the smaller one. Gee, I hope I’m small enough!

For Mark it seems, any alleged AIM errors in sequence or attribution apparently mean that while Frank was well, kind of a Communist Party member, he was not a Communist per se! Mmmm. All the way with Left per se.

Ok, fair enough. The facts must be correct, but it doesn't wash for me and the attribution and alleged right wing conspiracy motive is utter balls. It can appear to even the most charitable of mind, that the intent and purpose for Mark Davis, is not to arrive at a clear picture of dear old Dad at all, but to discredit and dismiss ANY and ALL criticism of Frankie, the non-party washing machine, Commo Party man.

Gee, and luckily Mark Davis has never slandered, mis-represented or accussed AIM and Kinkaid of a damn thing and in any way. Phew! I was sooooo worried there for a minute. Oh, he has? Damn man!

So while Frank was a Pinko beatnik agitator and laughable 50’s stoner, he apparently was the fairly respectable and even patriotic kind. Riiight. Nuance.

“I just wanted to help that nice Stalin man!” Ethel Rosenberg.

So Frank’s associate/pal Paul Robeson, who was clearly a self-admitted and proud Stalinist buffoon and useful idiot dupe, and who recommended that Davis go to Hawaii to dig the scene, catch some waves, appear in an Elvis film and oh yes, write for a Commie paper, is er, maybe irrelevant? Ok.

Here's Comrade Paul's freaking beyond repair love letter to Joseph Stalin on Uncle Joe's sadly unpainful death. I kid you not. Now do read this classic Hollywood Pinko crud and have a bucket ready. Paul Robeson is quite plainly a mad, ass licking and stratospheric useful idiot of the profoundly ungrateful and uber-treasonous crimnal stripe. He should have been arrested and shot. Oh yes. After all, he was so in favour of a regime based entirely on the firing squad. What a disgusting fucker.

Note how our Paul NEVER actually stayed in the USSR permanently, but preferred to return, like all Pinko celebrities, to the easy comforts of as he said an "allegedly free West".

"That Old Man River, he don't say nothin'..." Paul Robeson, celebrity shitbag moron extroadinaire.

THIS was the man who according "Professor Gerald Horne, a contributing editor of the Communist Party journal Political Affairs", speaking about Saint Frank, recommended that Frank the allegedly non-Communist nincompoop, go to Hawaii, and not act like a Communist ever...[Dig this vid, kid.]


And the excerpt via AIM: "Professor Gerald Horne, a contributing editor of the Communist Party journal Political Affairs, talked about it during a speech last March at the reception of the Communist Party USA archives at the Tamiment Library at New York University. The remarks are posted online under the headline, "Rethinking the History and Future of the Communist Party."

Horne, a history professor at the University of Houston, noted that Davis, who moved to Honolulu from Kansas in 1948 "at the suggestion of his good friend Paul Robeson,..."

Colonel Neville: And so on. Just be warned that Professor Horne is also a classic Commie shitbag and academic geek who babbles on insanely like the following, and in 2007 yet!:

"...the CPUSA and, indeed, the global movement of which it is a part, has been distorted grievously by the infestation of anti-Sovietism and anticommunism and the opening of these wonderful archives should not only lead to a reassessment of the party but help to push back the right-wing which has profited so handsomely from anti-Sovietism and anticommunism – forces which have brought this nation to the brink of catastrophe..." [!]

Colonel Neville: Dear Professor Horne, you are a stupid cunt and therefore an excellent source of evidence and laughs.

"The Future" of the Commo Party" How about mass resignations and subsequent suicides?

Um, what do Commie’s do exactly? Usually a lot like Frank did. Hey, it’s also a mere endless list of sickening and beyond belief coincidences that virtually everyone important in Barry Hussein’s ugly history is a radical freak, right?

“Look away children! Look away!” Miss Primrose.

And dig, the whole meme is that Davis apparently NEVER, EVER, EVER, NEVER influenced Barack Obama...and yet, Mark Davis is writing from a blog on jeepers, Barry Obama's official site! Ha bloody ha. Shut my mouth and call me Shorty.

Here is a small part of The Current Truth of Comrade Davis as told by Junior Comrade Mark Davis.

"Tsk, tsk..." Mark Davis.

Jr: “Mark has left a new comment on your post "Frankly Marshalling Davis.":

Here are the LIES of fabricated version #1:

Fabricated Version #1: In his report “Obama’s Red Mentor Praised Red Army,” AIM’s Cliff Kincaid claimed: “The House Committee on Un-American Activities (HCUA) took testimony in 1950 from a member of the Honolulu branch of the NAACP, Edward Berman, who referred to "Comrade Davis" as someone who "sneaked" into the NAACP meetings "with the avowed intent and purpose of converting it into a front for the Stalinist line."

Colonel Neville: Er, ok. This news just in from the Mark Davis camp. Communists at Communist meeting apparently never call each other “Comrade”. This is a "Fabrication" spread by the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. Boy, I’m glad that’s cleared up. Of course, we Conservatives somehow manage to exert enormous influence and control, by having little to no voice in either Hollywood, the music industry, the MSM, academia, publishing and education etc, etc etc. Amazing really.

Everyone please take notes. Davis was a non-sneaker. A NON-SNEAKER. Got that? He just hung around with regular guy intent. And hey, a wrong attribution. Case dismissed! Frank hollow for a Marshall Davis was a Quaker!

“Hey, can I just help with the sandwiches and coffee? Maybe arrange the chairs? I don’t want to impose. Down with the counter revolutionary running dogs of Imperialism! Oops, did I say that out loud?” Frank not a Communist Davis.

But even to those high on crazy pills, Davis was a Commie minded guy, thus he joined the Party. He was a party dude...

And just as Mark Davis himself has admitted. Or did Frank Davis at some point say “Hey, ya know I was totally wrong about Communism. It sucks shit!”

No, guess not. Ah, Mark says he even gee golly whizz, “criticised Stalin”.

“He used...sarcasm”. The Piranha Brothers. Monty Python.

Ouch. That must’ve been why Stalin died not long after maybe?

“My heart is broken Comrades. Frankie baby says I’m not entirely correct in my brutal methods. I can’t go on!” Laughing Joe Stalin, the cruelly jilted totalitarian Dictator.

Hey Mark, maybe you can let us all know the crushing rejection Frank made of say the Gulag and the subjugation of Eastern Europe? Should be a hoot.

As Mark said, it was the er, “NORM” to be a Pinko artist, musician and poet etc. Ya don’t say? Just like today then. Thus Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, Harry Belafonte the Bel Air STALINIST and Havana Radio DJ, Naomi Campbell and Oliver Stone etc, etc, etc ad nauseum, all LURV Fidel and Chavez, the worlds number one Che the child killer fan.

Jr drones on: “In this version, Berman supposedly criticized Davis for allegedly sneaking into NAACP meetings, while allegedly having the “avowed intent” of converting the same meetings.

FACTS:

a. Contrary to Kincaid’s claims, Berman’s testimony did NOT claim:

i. Davis “sneaked” into any meeting

ii. Davis attended more than this one meeting

iii. Davis had “the avowed intent and purpose of converting it into a front for the Stalinist line.”

b. Kincaid’s claim is inherently absurd. If a person has “the avowed intent and purpose of converting it into a front for the Stalinist line,” they could hardly “sneak” into a meeting.

Colonel Neville: Ok. One meeting just to help with the chairs. Yes, so Communists are well known for infiltrating as publicly as they can? That’s their policy of course, right? Er, no.

“Comrades, we must be transparent, honest and fair! That’s the Marxist way! We have nothing to hide but the firing squads!” Comrade Beria. [Please note. This is the nice Beria, not the bad Beria! Favourite quip: "I'm gonna Beria! Ha ha!"]

Jr: c. Berman’s letter stated that Davis WAS SUPPORTED BY OTHERS who RECENTLY "sneaked" into meetings "with the avowed intent and purpose of converting it into a front for the Stalinist line. Kincaid misrepresented the others’ purpose as Davis’s purpose.

Colonel Neville: Ok, so all his FRIENDS were Pinko proto-sneakers, but Frank was a decent and reasonable non-Marxist fellow? Got it. Ok, with a series of statements that contradict, not all can be equally true and maybe even none. But many elements can be and can certainly come from other events that are entirely true.

I’ll tell you what’s “absurd”, is the endless diversion into events, sequence and attribution as pure conspiracy and lies as the main story.

As if Frank had another persona, another mentality, other behaviour and goals other than that of a Communist Party member and classic pot headed radical. The angle and tone is consistent that even collating a naturally evolving investigation into an entirely legitimate subject is wrong, and entirely driven by ill motives.

A classic and favourite tactic of Islamist loons, is that they bog you down in endless slicings and interpretations of the Koran etc, all while planning tomorrow's bombing and committing today's atrocity for Islam. But I digress.

What are Mark’s motives for endless diversion, ad hominem and denial of there being anything at all worth noting about Frank? And not just like the incurious and unquestioning fans of Obama, but like say, what was the true intent of Frank Marshall Davis?

Who WAS Frank and what were his life-long and never apparently clearly disavowed goals? They seem damn clear to me. The nonsense of saying he only became a Commie cos’ he appreciated the alleged values of making America “what it could be and for everybody”, is a crock of pure radical shit.

Yeah, Marxism is good for you! Just ignore the turgid Socialistspeak, the gunfire, the screaming and the rivers of blood...

So maybe Frank’s wanted to turn the HACU and the local Commie Club into a Rotary Club, or maybe a Conservative Think Tank? Maybe a nice branch of the Republican Party? Maybe but no, eh? Gee, did Frank vote um, Democrat? Cos' quite Frankly, I for one would be shocked, yes shocked, that a radical Leftist voted for the Democrats!

Davis was apparently just one of millions of such deluded people across the free West. They start with a legitimate grievance of their own or someone else's more often, and sometimes with good intentions. On that particular road to Hell, they rather naturally it seems to me, often become treasonous useful idiots and humourless radical bores. Extrapolating their chip on the shoulder blues into the irrational and nihilistic. No, really, they do.

As Mark Steyn has said, people who "live in a fantasy life completely supported by the system they despise”.

A popular self-justifying two faced posture and fraud of the 1950’s Red and so on, was and is to say "I’m a Communist but I’m not a Stalinist!" No, you’re the productive, honest and Conservative kind of Communist.

Or "I'm a Maoist instead cos’ Mao is so much nicer the way he mass murders an all", or some such stupid combination there of. Stalin, Mao, Che, Pol Pot, Fidel and Che, Ho Chi Minh and Kim Sung ILL etc, are not aberrations of Communism, but the natural result of Communism.

Anyone who is a Commie poophead, or an asshat supporter and sympathising fellow traveller twerp, supports the same goals, methods and attitudes as the aforementioned cavalcade of Commie freaks. There's no alternate Communism. Just as there is no alternate Nazism or Islamism.

“I was a Nazi Party member to make Germany better for everyone, but I was never a Hitlerist!” Hymie Himmler. [No relation]

Tell me what's so good about being a Marxist today in any proven sense? Anything? Guess not. So here's the thing. Anyone who endlessly apologises for A: Frank Marshall, B: Communism, C: Barry Hussein Obama and D: Attacks any and all critics in Leftard conspiracyspeak is full of crap. Frank was full of crap, Obama is bursting with manure and as for Mark Davis? I imagine he can grow splendid roses of the mind too.

Fortunately Frank Davis was apparently a popular but lower to mid level Pinko journalist. Sadly, he clearly did much more than meet und zer greet with the current President Elect, Barry Sotuero Hussein Obama. I note that Mark Davis doggedly stays on his train of thought and answers none of my er, bigger picture conundrum's. Oh well, maybe he finds me as boring as I generally find him.

I need and aspirin or two. Radical political tactics and Left Liberal mindset gives me a bloody migraine, and not in a good way.

8 comments:

Mark said...

This concept should not be to difficult for you, "Colonel." Nobody knows the true motivation of people, but we do know when they post easily-disprovable lies.

In the NAACP case, Kincaid lied about the testimony of Edward Berman. That is proven by comparing the testimony to Kincaid's posts. The REASONS for Kincaid's lies are a separate issue.

Is this too subtle for you?

Colonel Neville said...

Dear Sports, here's my letter to Professor Horne who can be found here: http://www.politicalaffairs.net/article/articleview/5047/1/32/?disqus_reply=4201105#comment-4201105

Dear Professor Horne:

You have given me todays permitted expressions of excitement with your Glorious Current Truth!

Myself and all the Free Workers at the Glorious Peoples Iron Smelter and Romance Novel Factory, broke out into the appropriate slogans, as we heard your Glorious Revolutionary call to arms against the meaningless wealth, freedom and innovation of the evil West.

"Struggle Onward To To The Five Year Plan! And Death To Trotsky!"

Yes, the West fools millions into leaving the Workers Paradises to live as slaves of consumerism! Bravo Professor Comrade!

Already we have denounced the running dog counter revolutionaries who spread the lie that you are merely a venal, tenured, affluent, hypocrite and a typical Marxist Left Liberal radical dumbass academic and stupid cunt.

Ignore them. We at the Peoples Smelter of Romance love you!

Do NOT go to these traitorous sites! drsanity blogspot com thepeoplescube com dissectleft blogspot com.

Onward to victory, Glorious Professor Horne! Colonel Robert Neville blogspot com.

Mark said...

"What are Mark’s motives for endless diversion, ad hominem and denial of there being anything at all worth noting about Frank? And not just like the incurious and unquestioning fans of Obama, but like say, what was the true intent of Frank Marshall Davis?"

1. My motivation is simple: exposing lies concerning my father.

2. I never denied "there being anything at all worth noting about Frank." (Why lie, "Colonel"?) There is a lot worth noting about Frank. See http://www.answers.com/topic/frank-davis or see http://www.blackpast.org/?q=aah/davis-frank-marshall-1905-1987

3. His "true intent" was already provided by Edgar Tidwell, but perhaps you could not understand it when posted earlier. Here it is again:

Edgar Tidwell, whom AIM's Cliff Kincaid cites as "an expert on the life and writings of Davis," demolishes right-wing misrepresentation of Davis's radical influence in one simple paragraph:

"Although my research indicates that Davis joined the CPUSA as a "closet member" during World War II, there is no evidence that he was a Stalinist, or even a Party member before WWII. Further, to those attempting to make the specious stand for the concrete, there is no evidence that he instructed Barack Obama in communist ideology. Frank Marshall Davis did NOT believe in overthrowing the USA. He was committed to what the nation professed to be. For him, communism was primarily an intellectual vehicle to achieve a political end-a possible tool for gaining the constitutional freedoms of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for ALL Americans."

Once again, that statement was written by Edgar Tidwell, not me, although you falsely attributed it to me. I hope you understand it this time. If not, please let me know.

Once again, if the concept is not too difficult for you, I invite you to refute the SPECIFIC MISREPRESENTATION documented in my blog. For example: Did Edward Berman make those claims about my father? No, he didn't! AIM made them up, and falsely claimed that Berman said them.

Be a man, "Colonel"! Stand and deliver! Stop your aimless ranting and let's trade blows over these specific issues!

BTW: Your letter to Professor Horne suggests you may be incapable of rational debate. Too many magic mushrooms, "Colonel"?

Colonel Neville. said...

Dear Marky Marx:

Are you sure you know how to fly? Kinkaid lied?

Couldn't be an error of attribution that barely dilutes the facts of old Frank. Couldn't be the nature of uncovering the deep and wide subworld and nest of radical Marxist and Leftist politics over decades and decades?

Fine. What does Kinkaid gain from this exactly? Notice that he is easier to read than you?

If your posts were made into a movie, they'd resembel an Andy Warhol Film Festival but without the excitement.

Anyoo, er, so now Communism and you are all about erk, "subtlety!"

Sure they are. Let me say this, old sport, while I can't know the drives of every geek, I reckon I can take a punt at what your "true motivations" are NOT.

They ain't to look honestly at either your sadly freaky Father or his teenage bedroom smoker chum, Barry Sotuero Hussein.

Um, so NOTHING, not a fucking sausage about your poopPah or Obamna strikes you as suspicious?

Good God man! And you are an allegedly trained in Intelligence airforce man?

Are you sure it's not the Hairforce? I think you either have moral dandruff or have blowdried your mind.

Obama and your Pater stink to high Heaven. You either know it, are stupid or a liar. You tell me which one.

Still, you are free to reply as much as you want. I don't censor or delete anyone.

Colonel Neville.

Mark said...

YOU WROTE: Are you sure you know how to fly? Kinkaid lied? Couldn't be an error of attribution that barely dilutes the facts of old Frank. Couldn't be the nature of uncovering the deep and wide subworld and nest of radical Marxist and Leftist politics over decades and decades?

RESPONSE: Is this an actual question? I never claimed to "know how to fly." Do drugs impair your ability to concentrate and focus on what I actually posted? Why so many red herrings?

The "deep and wide subworld and nest of radical Marxist and Leftist politics over decades and decades" are not points of contention in this discussion, only the lies regarding the Davis-Obama relationship. Yes, "Kincaid lied." I have identified numerous Kincaid lies as SPECIFIC MISREPRESENTATION. Care to challenge any of them?

YOU WROTE: Fine. What does Kinkaid gain from this exactly? Notice that he is easier to read than you?

RESPONSE: Kincaid is paid to write this trash. He does this professionally. AIM is supported by Richard Mellon Scaife. Heard of him?

YOU WROTE: Um, so NOTHING, not a fucking sausage about your poopPah or Obamna strikes you as suspicious?

RESPONSE: If I translated your verbiage into English correctly, I believe you are asking if anything about my father or President-Elect Obama strikes me as suspicious. No, because I believe I understand them. But my posts are primarily about the lies regarding the Davis-Obama relationship, not extraneous issues such as the alleged "deep and wide subworld and nest of radical Marxist and Leftist politics over decades and decades." Inability to focus on issues suggests mental impairment. Fewer red herrings, please.

YOU WROTE: Obama and your Pater stink to high Heaven. You either know it, are stupid or a liar. You tell me which one.

RESPONSE: The only stink I smell comes from your continuous evasion of the issues at hand, regarding the SPECIFIC MISREPRESENTATION outlined in my blog. If you were a real man, much less a "Colonel," you would stop pussyfooting around and debate these specific issues rather than calling names. Pussyfooting is for pussies. Unless you are willing to stand and deliver, the only stink comes from yours (or your red herrings).

Colonel Neville. said...

Dear Mark:

First of all let me say...thanks for your worthy efforts. No, really. They're not throw away and glib that's for sure. Staggering, exhausting, demanding and suddenly peculiar or well considered baloney yes, but pure drivel, no.

So honestly, I appreciate the tough opponent, kid.

Also I understand that it's your Father and also you are serious about something... SO kudos to you. Hey, you think it's easy to wade through your posts and others?

You owe me $347.27 at current rates! But I'll waive it.

As for Professor Horne. That's er, satire. Not too um, "subtle" for you is it, Air Commodore?

Er, Horne is an uber-parody of a classic and profoundly deluded backdated Marxist academic. I could read his insane laughable shit at a stand up night and get a million laughs, until I told 'em it was real...then I'd get more. "Rational debate" with the Horne?

Er, where would I start with the Horne? It's all utter venal rubbish. ALL of it. Let me know which part ain't.

"Edgar Tidwell, whom AIM's Cliff Kincaid cites as "an expert on the life and writings of Davis," demolishes right-wing misrepresentation of Davis's radical influence in one simple paragraph":

Neville. OK, it's Tidwell. Got it. And no, I do't think he demolishes anyone and thus the logic is that he clears Frank for Sainthood maybe?

"Although my research indicates that Davis joined the CPUSA as a "closet member" during World War II, there is no evidence that he was a Stalinist, or even a Party member before WWII".

Neville: Um, who else was in a 1950's Commie closet but Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Minh and some black African despot failures to be? So there was good Pinko and bad Pinko influences? Again, let me know of the Marxism with Quality Control...the one Frank apparently favoured, the one with optional caveats...Ah, freedom of choice, totalitarian style.

"Further, to those attempting to make the specious stand for the concrete, there is no evidence that he instructed Barack Obama in communist ideology".

Neville: Apart from the fact that Obama is now a standard Left Liberal Marxoid Democrat and nearly all his major associates and background are ipso facto Pinko, er, what else would Frank have spoken about?

Conservatism? Kung Fu? Plastic aeroplane modelling? Interior design? The inherent evil of Capitalist America perhaps? Naaaa. Never.

Hairstyling? Cabbages and Kings? That new delivery of Mexican weed? Let me know what they DID speak of then...

"Frank Marshall Davis did NOT believe in overthrowing the USA".

Neville: Frank would want to be careful with such crazy and wild talk...He could've got thrown out of the Communist Party! And he would've been rather unique and solitary in his amazing experimental, non-revolutionary, live and let live faux Marxist views, would he not?

"He was committed to what the nation professed to be. For him, communism was primarily an intellectual vehicle to achieve a political end-a possible tool for gaining the constitutional freedoms of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for ALL Americans."

Neville: Then he failed utterly or was a retard, because Communism means NONE of those things. And there I was thinking the Constitution itself, Congress, the Senate, The Bill Of Rights, the First, Second and Third Amendments, private property laws and so, had made that pretty much a goer...

So he was gonna achieve individual and economic freedom via...er, totalitarian centrally planned Communism? Riight. Sure.

Tell me Mark, just what DO you think of Communism? Frank? Obama? Fellow travellers etc? Just wondrin'...

To be cont....

Colonel Neville.

Mark said...

YOU WROTE: Apart from the fact that Obama is now a standard Left Liberal Marxoid Democrat and nearly all his major associates and background are ipso facto Pinko, er, what else would Frank have spoken about?

RESPONSE: If you actually READ "Dreams From My Father," the answer is provided. He advised Obama about what it means to be black in the United States. They also talked about music and poetry.

YOU WROTE: Um, who else was in a 1950's Commie closet but Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Minh and some black African despot failures to be? So there was good Pinko and bad Pinko influences? Again, let me know of the Marxism with Quality Control...the one Frank apparently favoured, the one with optional caveats...Ah, freedom of choice, totalitarian style.

RESPONSE: Stalinism was only one faction of communism. Some people, such as my father, joined the CPUSA even though they didn't even believe in collectivism, much less Stalinism, because membership provided OTHER advantages such as professional and social opportunities. Frank Marshall Davis considered membership in the CPUSA as a vehicle and tool because, according to "The New Red Negro" (cited by AIM's Cliff Kincaid as a source):

ONLY the Communist left had any significant institutional impact on African-American writing during the 1930s and 1940s. This support was crucial as the institutions that had maintained the New Negro Renaissance faded. And for better or for worse, the leading CPUSA functionaries involved in "Negro work" took a direct interest in African-American cultural production in a manner that was unusual, if not unique. Vilifying a writer for continuing to publish in CPUSA-supported publications, when they provided his only available institutional support, is completely unfair. Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and Frank Marshall Davis all took advantage of this institutional support.

Further, as The New Red Negro makes clear, there was no monolithic Stalinist doctrine within the CPUSA: "This is not to say that the impact of the Communist Left on African-American writers in the 1930's and 1940's flowed from absolute unity of ideology and practical application of that ideology. As mentioned before, the CPUSA itself, despite the claims of both the party leadership and its most ardent detractors, contained various, often conflicting tendencies. This conflicts appeared within top leadership, where Earl Browder and William Z. Foster and their supporters were frequently at odds. They also surfaced in the regional leadership of important districts that were occasionally, and in the case of southern California frequently, in opposition to the national leadership. Finally, at the rank-and-file level, when leadership debates broke out into the open (as they did in 1929, 1956-1946, and 1956), the were replayed in almost every CPUSA unit, often serving as the vehicle for the expression of a wide range of "unorthodox" political beliefs (ranging from social democratic to anarcho-syndicalist."

A huge proportion of African-American poets (and writers and intellectuals generally) remained engaged with the Communist Left and cultural institutions from at least the early 1930's until at least the early 1950's. With the partial exception of the period from the German invasion of the Soviet Union to the end of the Second World War, the CPUSA placed the issue of race and the fight against Jim Crow near the center of all its work.

The bottom line is that communist ties were the NORM for African American poets and civil right activists during that period. Such ties did not mean that they internalized Marxist values, much less Stalinist values, even if they were aware of the distinction. To them, the CPUSA provided safe harbor from the ravages of Jim Crow America.

BTW: The bogus "Stalinist" charge is covered as "Disinformation 102" under the "Specific Mixrepresentation" section of my blog (at http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/Kaleokualoha/gGxdvX). The New Red Negro, cited by Cliff Kincaid, is posted at http://books.google.com/books?id=kt5LMD-OnxoC&pg=PA48&lpg=PA48&dq=%22the+new+red+negro%22+communist+davis&source=web&ots=B-HaNJA9HW&sig=ZiOltjxuI1QwdjCAvvEC0f4NnGQ&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=2&ct=result

Mark said...

Another critical factor to consider when evaluating pre-Cold War political judgment is that very few Americans were aware of the hideous brutality of Stalinist Russia.

Stalin's atrocities became common knowledge only after WWII. The CPUSA promoted only the utopian vision of a workers paradise, not the stark reality of the Soviet gulag. Russia was our ally, and there was no information superhighway.