Communists in the Struggle for Negro Rights [cover title]
New York: New Century Publishers, 1945. 24pp. Publisher's printed self wrappers, stapled. Small chip at bottom of spine, light edge wear. Mild overall toning. Very good. Item #3513
A collection of four articles by important African American authors and white Communists "based on the authors' contributions to a Round-Table Symposium on the question: 'Have the Communists Quit the Fight for Negro Rights,' recently organized under the auspices of the Negro Digest." The four articles here are "Communists in the Fight for Negro Rights" by James W. Ford (who also wrote the Foreword here), "Reply to a Loaded Question" by Benjamin J. Davis, Jr., "Communists and the Scottsboro Case" by William L. Patterson, and "On the Negroes and the Right of Self-Determination" by Earl Browder. Ford succinctly answers the question posed here, by also employing the words of another author represented here in writing: "The real question has been how to strengthen our war effort by ssecuring equal rights for the Negro people and that is how the Communists have placed this question. Earl Browder has repeatedly declared in behalf of the Communist movement: 'The Jim-Crow system is the outgrowth of the ideology of "white supremacy" which is just as shameful and dangerous for America as Hitler's identical racialism proved to be for Germany and the world. JIM CROW MUST GO IF AMERICA IS TO STAND."