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  •  Interesting diary (1+ / 0-)
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    Yosef 52

    To tell the truth, I'm a bit embarrassed to say that I've known about Paul Robeson for over 30 years, and yet, I had no idea that he had remained a Stalinist so long after the horrors of Stalinism had been revealed. Definitely a major stain on his legacy.

    •  He didn't. He supported Pan-African (3+ / 0-)
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      JoanMar, nosleep4u, mallyroyal

      liberation struggles which were supported by the CP.
      The United States and Britan and France and Belgium and Portugal were repressing all attempts by Africans to throw off the yoke of Colonial  rulership.

      When I was in the Congo (Brazzaville) in 1971 - it was Socialist at the time.  Who were they invaded by?  CIA operatives based in Kinshasa.

      Throwing words around like Stalinist is the obsession of various Trotskyite and Socialist Workers Party groups - but they are really digging deep into barrels of bullshit to smear Robeson with that.

      Hell - I supported the Soviet Unions giving assistance to ZAPU, ZANU, MPLA, PAIGC and the ANC.

      Does that make me a Stalinist?

      "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 06:29:39 PM PST

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      •  The eulogy quoted in the diary (2+ / 0-)
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        Yosef 52, shpilk

        is pretty conclusive. Only a Stalinist would say those things.

        As far as the liberation struggles cited, did Stalin himself really support any of that? If he died in 1953, that would seem to me to predate all of the struggles to which you refer? How does he get credit for that?

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