Tuesday February 9, 2010 | The Radical Roots of Civil Rights (Rebroadcast)

February 8, 2010 at 11:11 am | Posted in Coming Up | 2 Comments

We’ll discuss the Civil Rights movement and its beginnings across the country and right here in the Charlotte region. Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, author of Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights joins us to discuss the battles over Jim Crow and segregation in the post World War I era and the role Communism played in the early Civil Rights movement. We’ll also take a look at Nazi Germany through the eyes of African Americans in the Civil Rights movement.
Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore
– History Professor, Yale University & Author, Defying Dixie
Since this is an encore presentation, we won’t be able to include your comments.
Originally Aired: 4/6/2009

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  2. Professor Gilmore seemed rather fond of the communists and painted quite a sympathetic picture of their involvement with organizing labor in this area. She seemed particularly enamored with the various characters involved in the Loray Mills strike and saddened that the result was such an overwhelming and long-standing anti-union disposition in the South. She even found it hard to respond to Mike’s question of if she felt the communist effort was responsible for the negative and violent outcome. After stumbling through, her best spin was that there was violence on both sides. She’s so obviously a communist sympathizer and couldn’t contain her glee at describing the early movement’s openness and pride in identifying themselves as communists. The radical Left always speaks of Nazism as the great horror, and then shrugs off the atrocities under communist regimes as just misguided attempts at an otherwise noble ideal. Does it matter whether we label it Fascism, Communism or Socialism? Any system that puts the State ahead of the individual is doomed to end in Authoritarianism and has a strong tendency towards Totalitarianism. Anyone who wants to argue that point must argue against history. I’m not ignoring the perils of Capitalism, but lets have some perspective. The numbers murdered by the likes of Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, etc. approach 150 million even by conservative estimates. Those murdered and the countless others starved, tortured and oppressed, suffer the reality of statism, not the ivory tower dream of so-called intellectuals, swooning over Marx and believing themselves to be so hip and cool for rejecting the stodgy old American ideals and Capitalism. How evolved and sophisticated they are! Arrogant fools. Communists have no class. (pun intended)

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