[Marxism] IWW and anti-imperialism

Calvin Broadbent calvinbroadbent at hotmail.com
Mon Aug 15 13:28:08 MDT 2005

Obviously I was not questioning your knowledge of the I.W.W. generally- I 
said that you were overly dismissive of J. Sakai.

Where does Sakai say that the Flint strike in particular was an attempt to 
control black workers?

"[It] was the December 1936 Flint, Michigan sit-down strike against GM that 
became the pivotal labor battle of the 1930s. Flint was the central fortress 
of GM productuon, their special company town where GM carefully kept both 
Africans and foreign-born immigrants to a minimum. Wages in the many Flint 
GM plants were relatively high for the times... It was obvious that if 
General Motors, the strongest corporation in the world, was unable to defeat 
the new industrial unions, then a new day had come. Practical advances by 
workers in auto, steel, rubber, electronic, maritime, meat-packing, trucking 
and so on, proved that this was so" (Sakai, pp. 78-79).

Sakai's work is not 'Platonic'; it is a genuinely 'empirical' attempt to 
understand why America is such a racist hole, despite the valiant efforts of 
white union militants.


>I have also made a study of the CP and the CIO, as well has having read and 
>reviewed Sol >Dollinger's book on the Flint sit-down strike. To suggest 
>that this strike was an effort to "control" >Black workers and that it had 
>subterranean Jim Crow goals is bullshit of the highest order.

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