Andrew’s point is valid.
The black audience was laughing along while she was describing how she shuffled the “white farmer in need” to a new lawyer of his own kind” -—
The blacks were laughing at “whitey” getting second class treatment.
Sherrod hadn’t finished her story.
Black on the outside, red on the inside.
The NAACP association with the Communist Party of the USA is well documented.
Much of the information I will present is taken from a book called Biographical Dictionary of the Left which was written by a Francis Gannon and was published by Western Islands back in 1969. If you can still find this book somewhere, I would recommend it.
The NAACP emerged in 1909, supposedly to promote equality and rights among the races. Needless to say, it has done neither.
However, the formation of this group was urged by the leading radicals of that day, among whom were Jane Addams and government school educator John Dewey. Other radicals were among the first officials in the organization. Among these was Oswald Garrison Villard, grandson of the infamous abolitionist, William Lloyd Garrison.
The first president of the NAACP was, strangely enough, a white man, Moorfield Story, a lawyer from Boston. Black radical WEB DuBois, who later joined the Communist Party, was the organizations first director of publicity and research, as well as editor of the groups monthly publication The Osiris. This publication gave DuBois an excellent outlet from which to pour forth all manner of racial invective against whites, supposedly in the name of promoting equality.
According to the Biographical Dictionary of the Left, Long tenure in office has also been characteristic of the NAACPs presidentsall white men: Moorfield Story (1910-1915), Joel Springarn (1915-1940), Arthur Springarn (1940-1966), and since 1966, Kivie Kaplan. Since the Biographical Dictionary was published in 1969, obviously some things have changed. However, it is interesting to note how long the organization had white presidents, almost as if the radicals didnt trust the blacks to take the organization in the proper direction (to the left).
WEB DuBois, one black that did hold a prominent position, was no problem because he was already on the left. DuBois was known to have hailed the Russian Revolution of 1917 and he travelled to the Soviet Union in 1926 and 1936. He especially liked the racial attitudes of the Communists.
In 1922 the NAACP started to receive grants from the Garland Fund, a big source of funding of Communist Party projects. Officials of the Garland Fund included Communists William Z. Foster, Benjamin Gitlow, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, and Scott Nearing. Other prominent left-wing officials were Roger Baldwin, Sidney Hillman, and Harry F. Ward, the Red Dean of religion in America. The Garland Fund continued to pour money into the NAACP until around 1934. Even when the money stopped, the Communist connections continued.
In 1938, the NAACP was represented at the World Youth Congress, a Communist enterprise. In the 1940s the NAACP was affiliated with American Youth for a Free World, the American affiliate of the World Federation of Democratic Youth, a Communist clearing house.
A most literate apologist for the NAACP was the well-known Langston Hughes. Hughes was affiliated with Communist Party projects from the mid-1920s until he passed away in 1967. In fact, in 1962, Hughes wrote a book entitled Fight for Freedom: The Story of the NAACP. In this book he stated the following:
Attempts to label the NAACP subversive, Communist-influenced, or out and out Communist have continued for a long time. In light of the evidence available, can anyone with a brain honestly wonder why?
The organization has, from time to time, gone through the sanitized ritual of opposing Communism but this has been a self-serving action designed to keep the support of those that are astute enough to see communism as a problem.
In 1946, the NAACP helped the Communist Party in one of its major political projects, the establishment of the Progressive Citizens of Americathe basis for Henry Wallaces Communist-dominated Progressive Party in the 1948 presidential election.
In 1953 the Communist newspaper Daily Worker recommended that Communists and labor unions give every possible support to any and all campaigns conducted by the NAACP. One can only wonder if this strategy has changed in the intervening years.
-The NAACPs Red Roots By: Al Benson Jr. FrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, July 07, 2000
Exactly! That is the bigger story: the audience fully supported her tactics and she was boasting about it—no regrets.
The story behind the story. The fact that she could say anything along the lines of a racial slur in that venue with disregard to consequences IS the story, IMO.