Black History Month, previously
known as "February," hasn`t even begun yet, and already
the Public Broadcasting System is treating the nation to
propaganda fests about the
Emmett Till case of 1954 and the anti-black "hate
Jasper, Texas of 1998.
Martin Luther King Day, just concluded, was merely a
walk-up to what will be a month-long wallow in white
guilt and anti-white hatred.
One icon of the "civil rights
movement" who will be featured is Rosa Parks, the little
old black lady of Montgomery, Alabama, whose quiet and
heroic refusal to give up her seat and move to the back
of the bus has become to civil rights mythology what
George Washington and the cherry tree was to the Old
As it turns out, neither myth is
true, but the facts in the Rosa Parks case are a good
bit more sinister.
A book published in 1995,
"Speak Now against the Day," by John Egerton informs
us that Mrs. Parks, so far from being a simple black
woman, was in fact an officer of the local NAACP.
If that suggests that she mounted a
rather more artful act of civil disobedience than the
legend acknowledges, it`s because such is precisely the
Mr. Egerton shows that Mrs. Parks
was in fact an alumna of an institution in Monteagle,
Tennessee, known as the
Highlander Folk School, usually and
not inaccurately described as a "communist training
school." Highlander was founded and run by a gentleman
Myles Horton, who was never actually a member of the
Communist Party but told a veteran Red pal that he
didn`t join so he could avoid having the label pinned on
him. For all practical purposes, Horton was a communist.
As Mr. Egerton writes,
"Highlander had started summer workshops on school
desegregation in 1954, right after the Brown decision.
The Montgomery NAACP wanted to send a delegate to
Highlander the next year. They chose their youth
director, Rosa Parks."
Mr. Egerton`s book contains a
photograph of Mrs. Parks with Horton at the school in
1957, but her first training session took place only a
few months before she sat down in the front of the bus
in December, 1955.
Her action is widely and probably
rightly regarded as the beginning of the civil rights
movement in the South. Was it in fact an act of
In 1957 a photograph was taken of
an audience at the school that showed Martin Luther King
sitting in the front row. Right next to him was a
comrade named Abner Berry, the correspondent of the
Communist Party`s official newspaper, the Daily Worker.
In the 1950s King`s enemies plastered it all over the
South to discredit King and his movement. It did
discredit them—at least in
those quarters that thought hanging out with
Communists was discreditable.
Today, fewer people think so, and
the discovery, from opened Soviet archives, that
communists really did penetrate
high levels of the U.S. government and the
atom bomb project, falls on ears that don`t want to
hear about it. But it`s also clear that they
penetrated—and used—the civil rights movement as well.
well documented that King himself was surrounded by
known communists like Stanley Levison and Hunter
Pitts O`Dell, the latter actually a member of the
party`s national committee in 1961. King`s
bitterly anti-American speech on the Vietnam war,
praising Ho Chi Minh and comparing American soldiers to
Nazi storm troopers, in 1967 was written by Levison,
whose influence on King was the
main reason for
FBI surveillance of him.
Today, Americans have been so
brainwashed by the propaganda of the left, communist or
not, that they`re likely to regard the Reds in the civil
rights movement as the real heroes who led the fight
against murderous bigots in Southern backwaters.
Immersed in white guilt, a vast number of Americans now
accept that the entire history of their nation up to the
1960s was a
dark age of repression and hatred, with only a few
bright spots like Abraham Lincoln and the crusade
Having lost their own history,
Americans can no longer expect to keep the nation their
history created and defined. That, of course, was the
whole point—to strip away the real past as well as the
legends that allow Americans to exist as a people and to
put in their place new myths—and a new population—that
will give birth to a new order that Myles Horton and his
comrades would have liked. It`s an amazing story, about
how an entire people was bamboozled out of its own
heritage and its own country. Some day, when we have a
good conservative administration in Washington, the
Public Broadcasting System ought to make a film about
January 27, 2003