Marxist IQ: The CPUSA and the struggle for African American liberation (answers)

Marxist IQ: The CPUSA and the struggle for African American liberation (answers)

1. The CPUSA was the party open to all people which ran an African American as a candidate for vice president. That candidate was


b. James W. Ford


2. The CPUSA from the 1920s to today has led in the creation of civil rights groups to fight against all forms of racist oppression. These groups include


a. the International Labor Defense.
b. the Civil Rights Congress.
c. the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression.
d. All of the above.


3. The CPUSA from its early years saw the oppression of African Americans as


a. comparable to colonial oppression of subject peoples, a foundation of capitalism in the U.S.


4. J. Edgar Hoover combined anti-Communism with racism in the following:


a. His “reports” to seven American presidents that campaigns for anti-lynching laws and later civil rights legislation” were inspired by “Communist conspiracies”
b. His targeting of African American CPUSA leaders and prominent figures associated with the CPUSA, Ben Davis, W. E. B. Du Bois, Paul Robeson, and Henry Winston, among others, for special forms of harassment
c. His campaign to destroy the reputation and threaten the life of Martin Luther King, on the grounds that King was part of the “Communist conspiracy”
d. All of the above


5. The CPUSA today calls for


a. a stepped-up struggle against systemic racism (institutional and ideological) both through mass movements outside the political economic power structures and by militant anti-racists inside the political economic power structure as essential to the defense of the working class and the struggle for social justice and peace.


Your 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!