A segregationist senator tried to use Robinson to destroy Paul Robeson. Instead, Robinson called out racism.
By Peter Dreier
Seventy years ago todayon July 18, 1949right-wing and segregationist members of Congress orchestrated a confrontation between the two most well-known and admired African Americans in the country: Jackie Robinson and Paul Robeson. The media salivated at the opportunity to portray the clash of these larger-than-life titans as a surrogate for the Cold War between capitalism and communism.
A few weeks earlier, Robinsonwho had integrated Major League Baseball when he signed with the Dodgers in 1947received a telegram from Congressman John Wood (D- GA), an arch segregationist and former Ku Klux Klan member, who chaired the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). He invited Robinson to address a hearing on Communist infiltration of minority groups.
Specifically, he wanted Robinson to attack Robeson for being a disloyal American and Communist agitator who didnt speak for black people.
The pretext for the hearing was a statement that Robeson had made that April at a left-wing conference in Paris. The media ignored Robesons main pointthat most Americans, including blacks, did not want to go to war with the Soviet Union. Instead, most news outlets used the Associated Press report, which quoted Robeson saying that if a war broke out between the United States and Russia, It is unthinkable that American Negroes would go to war on behalf of those who have oppressed us for generations against a country which in one generation has raised our people to the full dignity of mankind.
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Kaepernick asks: How can you stand for the national anthem of a nation
that is so unjust to many of the people living in it?
Three years to the day since he first began his protest against racist police violence, Colin Kaepernick has posted a stirring and emotional video to remind us that the fight is far from over.
In the video, which features graphic footage of a number of high-profile police killings, Kaepernick asks: How can you stand for the national anthem of a nation that preaches and propagates freedom and justice for all, that is so unjust to many of the people living in it?
Also appearing in the video are family members of people who have been killed by police, including Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
Basically, he took a knee for all these families that are out here today for freedom, says Felicia Thomas, mother of Nicholas Thomas, who was killed by police in 2015.
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