Color, Communism, and Common Sense - Manning Johnson

This explosive exposé of the Communist plan to use the negro race to sow division, foment race wars, and ultimately bring about a socialist, totalitarian state, was written by an American negro communist who defected from the party when he realized its cynical exploitation of negros was destroying the social fabric of black communities and harming his own people. Manning Johnson, who "died unexpectedly" soon after his book was published, understood the risks of defecting from and denouncing communism, was an American hero.

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[Book Cover] from Color, Communism, Common Sense by Manning Johnson
[Book Cover] from Color, Communism, Common Sense by Manning Johnson

Preface by Archibald Roosevelt

In modern literature, anti-communists are generally pictured as scoundrels. On the other hand, left-wing Perjurers and Jail Birds are shown as persecuted lambs. But there is a special vitriol uncorked for those who have followed communism, and have repented to such an extent that they are publicly willing to stand up and testify against it by word and deed.

The writer of this pamphlet. Manning Johnson, is an example of such treatment. The Supreme Court of the United States used a communist statement in a decision of the majority opinion, as delivered by Justice Felix Frankfurtert to brand Manning Johnson as giving "tainted" testimony and cited as a basis for this statement the Communist Party brief! The left-wing papers, including the New York Herald Tribune joyfully took up the cry. Of course, careful investigation shows that Manning Johnson is not a perjurer, and it would be easy to prove this in any court not dominated by such a character as Felix Frankfurter!

Manning Johnson's story begins very much like many other Negroes brought up in a religious home. He was inducted into the "party" largely because of the preachings of a communist Bishop (retired) of the Episcopal church, William Montgomery Brown. Manning Johnson is a man of ability and education and felt himself frustrated by his race and color, and fell under the spell of the communist propaganda.

The Communists, however, reckoned without understanding that the man they had enlisted in their cause had, for them, certain dangerous qualities. He had a Christian upbringing; he was intelligent; and he had courage.

His Christian upbringing made him revolt at the obscene immorality of the Communist Party, and its members.

His intelligence made him see through the stupidity of the communist doctrine, and see that he should strive to be a first class Negro instead of an imitation of a third class white man.

His courage made him willing to confess his sins in public and try to expiate them.

It is for this last quality that the Frankfurter Supreme Court and left-wing press can never forgive him.

I hope you will read Manning Johnson's pamphlet carefully. If you do, you will understand how the communists have used, and are using, certain American Negroes to the detriment of all Americans—white or black.

You will read the story of one Negro who has gone through the fire, and come out tempered steel.

Archibald Roosevelt
July 22, 1958.
President, The Alliance, Inc.