I have a question for my conservative friends. It applies to my libertarian friends as well. Why does it seem that there has been a historical connection between strong anti-communist conservative views and racist views like those who opposed Integration? People get really offended when anyone suggests any link between tea-party conservatism and racism. But can you explain this in historical context without just turning it around to accuse the questioner of racism simply because I dared to suggest it?
This has been bothering me for some time. I did a quick Google search to illustrate what I am trying to say. I know there are a lot of texts, too, linking communism with the Civil Rights Movement and Desegregation. We'll save those for another time. This is the internet and visuals are powerful. Please understand that I do not endorse any of the images below, but try some of these and please help me understand:
|Little Rock, Arkansas protesters 1957 (in my lifetime!)|
|Somewhere in the 1950s|
|North Carolina 1965 (definitely in my lifetime!)|
|1956 State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory|
|"Race Mixing is communism" Somewhere in the South, 1950s|
In more recent times, consider these below:
I do have a suggested answer to some of this, and it's not really all that much about racism. It is a classic political-theory treatise from 1963, The Paranoid Style in American Politics by Richard Hofstadter. Anonymous D just reminded me of it a couple of days ago. I have to re-read it every once in a while.
For an interesting dialogue following from this, click here.