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By Walter T. Howard

Black Communists converse on Scottsboro, an account of a overlooked bankruptcy within the tale of the Scottsboro saga, provides voice to a section of the African American neighborhood that has usually been overlooked or distorted: black Communists.

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The age-old cry of “rape” has been raised by the bosses to justify the masked terror of their court. But the mask is ill-adjusted. This viciousness of the master class looms forth unmistakably clear. The bosses’ court has chosen the “defense” lawyers for these Negro workers. These attorneys stated before the preliminary T hey Sh al l N ot Di e ! ” The armed forces of the lynchers, the militia was called out to “protect” the nine workers. They “hopped” a freight train bound for Scottsboro where they heard work might be secured.

Fond 515, Files of the Communist Party of the United States in the Comintern Archives “The Scottsboro Case and the Nat Turner Centenary” The Liberator June 6, 1931 Cyril Briggs This coming November 11, 1931, will mark the one hundredth anniversary of the murder by the State of Virginia of the heroic Negro revolutionary, Nat Turner. Not many Negro workers know about Nat Turner and the scores of other brave leaders of the numerous slave insurrections which constantly challenged the brutal power of the slave-owners and kept them constantly in fear and trembling.

53 Popular Front Communists, black and white alike, continued to emphasize issues pertaining to African American workers even as they denounced lynching and other similar violent acts directed at blacks. This was most clearly seen in the case of its opposition to the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in 1935. Black Party members such as Harry Haywood also fought in the Spanish Civil War in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. 54 Negotiations for the release of the five Scottsboro defendants still in prison continued throughout the late 1930s.

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