I don’t think I’d get far with this argument before the Texas State Board of Education, but here goes. I believe that textbooks for American high school and college students ought to devote more coverage—positive coverage—to the contributions that the Communist Party USA made to the civil rights movement in the Jim Crow days of the 1940s and early 1950s. They get left out because most of us don’t like Communism, dismissing it as a false belief system. And yet, history books make plenty of room for Malcolm X, whose belief system (Nation of Islam) has it that the Earth is 76 trillion years old. Don’t seem fair.
There, I’ve said it. Not only do I believe this, but I wrote an article saying so in The People’s World, the Chicago-based newspaper that is the direct descendant of The Daily Worker, the granddaddy of all Communist Party organs here in the U.S. Check it out and then come back and either praise me or damn me, as the case may be. If you’re with the Texas State Board of Education and you want to subpoena me, please email it as a PDF. Faxes get lost around here.