Where was the Color at A16 in D.C.?

Carrol Cox cbcox at SPAMilstu.edu
Wed Jun 21 21:05:00 MDT 2000

Chris Brady wrote:

> Could potential converts to socialism balk at privileging one group
> over another in contradiction of the socialist promise?

Actually, there would be no privileging. I just think that in empirical
class solidarity at any high level will be achieved only through a movement

(or a stage of a movement) which is very centrally concerned with black
liberation. Bill Fletcher has a wonderful anecdote (I don't know if it
is any of his published writings -- I heard it at a forum in Chicago) of a
CIO local in Memphis, I think in 1936, which was organized by black
workers among black workers -- and was growing very fast among
white workers until the national CIO quashed it.

I doubt very much if the anti-war movement of the '60s would have
been so vigorous had it not been leavened with whites who had experience
in black-led activities in the civil-rights movement. And one of the
great weaknesses of the movement was that it was so overwhelmingly

Obviously this is something that will have to be worked out in practice
among conditions unforseeable now -- but what we can do now is for
whites to try to get it a thorough grasp of the fact that in geneal it
is far easier to move from a black struggle to a black and white struggle
than for primarily white movements to become multi-racial. It was
utterly disgraceful the howls and yelps that arose on the old marxism
list at the time of the first Convention of the Black Radical Congress
about how terrible it was for them to exclude whites.

De Facto most groups are white white white -- and then white radicals,
including white marxists, get their knickers in a twist because blacks
dare to meet by themselves.


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