Marxist IQ: Black History Month (answers)

February 10, 2020



1. In his classic study, Black Reconstruction, W. E. B. Du Bois saw Reconstruction as

b. a struggle to unite former slaves and poor whites to establish an advanced democracy.

2. In articulating the concept of “positive peace,” Martin Luther King meant that

d. peace had to be rooted in social justice.

3. The Communist Party USA has developed many strategies to advance “Negro Liberation” over the decades.  Among these strategies at various times was

a. integration of unions and mass organizations around the slogan, “Black and White, Unite and Fight,” in the 1930s.
b. advocacy of the “right of self-determination” for Blacks in the form of a Black state within a U.S. Socialist Union of states, in the so-called Black belt, the historic areas of large slave plantations in the deep South from the 1920s to the 1950s.
c. concentration on actively promoting the integration of Blacks into leadership positions in unions and mass organizations from the 1930s on, a policy later called “affirmative action.”
d. All of the above (correct)


4. The Civil Rights Movement’s great victory at Birmingham, many Marxists believe, was the result of

c. the ability of the movement to challenge the political-police power structure in a major industrial center.

5. A central theoretical point made by the CPUSA concerning African American liberation is that

d. African Americans are triply oppressed as workers, as members of a perceived national minority, and as members of a “race,” and all three forms of oppression must be interrelated and fought.

6.  Of the more than 2 million prisoners in U.S. prisons and jails,

b. 33% are African American, and 23% Hispanic.


Score: 0 wrong: Theoretician. Write an article! Teach a class!!

1 wrong: Developed Marxist. Form a study group, join the party.

2 to 3 wrong: Class conscious worker – study harder.

4 to 5 wrong: Danger! deviations possible. study and then study some more lest you drift into the marsh of opportunism!



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