Marxist IQ: The “national question” and African Americans

BY:Communist Party USA| February 11, 2019
Marxist IQ:  The “national question” and African Americans


1. Communists in the U.S. after WWII defined the question of African American liberation  and the struggle for equality as:

a. A moral and ethical question;
b. Necessary to provide equality of opportunity under capitalism;
c.  Central to the liberation of the working class as a whole and the establishment of socialism;
d.  Something that would only alienate white workers.

2.  Communists in the 1920s and 1930s sought to advance African American equality by:

a.  Fighting to organize  integrated trade unions and unions of African American sharecroppers and tenant farmers;
b.  Fighting to enact a federal anti-lynching law and other civil rights legislation;
c.  Helping to build groups like the National Negro Congress, the NAACP and the Southern Negro Youth Congress, forerunners of the post WWII Civil Rights movement;
d.  All of the above.

3.  Although most Americans are taught that the abolitionist movement was comprised mostly of whites with a few prominent African Americans, scholarship has shown that the organized abolitionist societies were made up of:

a.  20% free blacks and escaped slaves;
b.  33% free blacks and escaped slaves;
c.  50% free blacks and escaped slaves;
d.  80% free blacks and escaped slaves.


4. A principle that Communists sought to develop in both the Communist party and the larger working-class movement was that:

a. Blacks and whites should be separate but equal;
b. It was the duty of Communists to convince white workers to fight all manifestations of racism and that they had a self interest in doing so;
c. Racism would cease to exist once socialism was established;
d. Communists and the working class should pursue “color blind” policies.

5. The Communist Party  applies the Leninist idea that racism under capitalism is functioning to:

a.  Create extra profits for capitalists  by both paying African American workers less and playing African-American workers off against white workers, thus reducing wage and salary rates;
b.  Restricting the development of a free labor market which is bad for capitalist development;
c.  A cultural phenomenon with no economic effects on capitalism;
d.  Something that can only end with the “globalization” of capitalism.


Editor’s Note: This Marxist IQ is dedicated to Black History Month and the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party.


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