Seeing that the Confederate Battle Flag is coming down from atop the state house in Columbia, South Carolina within just a few days, thanks to the much touted efforts of a racist group called the NAACP, I thought just a bit of history concerning this group might be in order at this time.
Many think the NAACP was, in the beginning, a worthwhile organization that has just outlived its usefulness. While some good, honest folks hold to this opinion, I do no share it. What I have been able to discern about this group from the beginning seems to say differently.
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 organization's first director of publicity and research, as well as editor of the group's 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 NAACP's presidents--all 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 didn't 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 America—the basis for Henry Wallace's 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.
Although the NAACP has taken several twists and turns over the years to try to "cover its six" as the military saying goes, the record of its early affinity to the Left and the affinity of the Left for the NAACP is a matter of record. The organization's blatant attack on all Confederate symbols would certainly have the unqualified support of the Left and can truly be construed as nothing more than updated racism. WEB DuBois would have loved it!
Needless to say, the Battle Flag was a soldier's flag, used on the battlefields. It had nothing whatever to do with slavery--and for that matter, not much else in that war did either, at least not from the Southern perspective.
Let it suffice to say that slavery existed in all 13 original colonies, both North and South, and that all the slave ships flew the United States flag after we won our independence from Great Britain. Lots of "good" Northern folks got rich off the slave trade. So, as the NAACP breathes out fire and threatens continued boycotts all across the South for the forseeable future, Southern folks and others of a sincere and honest mindset, should contemplate the history of the NAACP. Where they have come from is where they are going, (ever leftward) and we had best continue to resist being taken there.