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English: American Propaganda during the Cold War.

English: American Propaganda during the Cold War. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MCCARTHYISM AND FORGETTING JIM CROW RACISM–OR, “ONE MAN’S PROPAGANDA IS ANOTHER MAN’S TRUTH”

In December 1954 The Committee on Un-American Activities under the U.S. House of Representatives released its report “The American Negro in the Communist Party.” The meaning of the report was clear: 1) the primary goal of the Communist Party was to destroy the American Government; 2) a key component of the CP’s ability to carry out this mission was the infiltration and manipulation of African Americans through their organizations; and 3) that 15 million blacks in the United States were filled with “loyalty and integrity,” and being “resistant” to this threat, foiled the conspiratorial aims of the Communist Party. The report included its list of black groups deemed to be “communist fronts” operating in the United States.

“Organizations Cited by Both the Attorney General and the Committee on Un-American Activities

  • American Negro Labor Congress
  • Civil Rights Congress
  • International Workers Order
  • National Negro Congress
  • National Negro Labor Council
  • Negro Labor Victory Committee
  • Southern Negro Youth Congress
  • Organizations Cited by the Attorney General
  • Committee for a Democratic Far Eastern Policy
  • Committee for the Negro in the Arts
  • Committee to Aid the Fighting South
  • Council on African Affairs
  • George Washington Carver School
  • Harlem Trade Union Council
  • Labor Council for Negro Rights
  • Philadelphia Labor Council for Negro Rights
  • Tri-State Negro Trade Union Council
  • United Harlem Tenants and Consumer Organization
  • United Negro and Allied Veterans of America
  • Veterans Against Discrimination of the Civil Rights Congress of New York

Organizations Cited by the Committee on Un-American Activities

  • Committee to Defend Angelo Herndon
  • Council of Young Southerners (also known as League of Young Southerners)
  • League for Protection of Minority Rights
  • League of Struggle for Negro Rights
  • National Emergency Committee to Stop Lynching
  • Negro Peoples Committee To Aid Spanish Democracy
  • Scottsboro Defense Committee

Publication

  • Liberator” (p. 12)

SOURCE: The American Negro in the Communist Party, Committee on Un-American Activities, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., December 22, 1954. 16pp. See the full text at OpenLibrary: http://www.archive.org/stream/americannegroinc00unit#page/n3/mode/2up

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