Saturday, September 12, 2020

the last book I ever read (Amiable with Big Teeth by Claude McKay, excerpt thirteen)

from Amiable with Big Teeth by Claude McKay:

“It is the Ku Klux Klan stringing up your people and not the Comintern,” shouted Tasan. “The whole goddam colored race should be grateful to Soviet Russia and the Comintern. Look what we did for them in the Scottsboro case. We summoned the United States before the bar of the world to be judged and condemned for degrading and outlawing its colored minority. Yet their treacherous ungrateful Uncle Tom boot-licking leaders try to poison the minds of the people and turn them against the Communists. I wish I had the power to turn loose a band of Cossacks among them to teach them a lesson.”

“The Cossacks are far away,” said Alamaya, “but the Ku Klux Klan is right here. I wouldn’t be surprised if you made a deal with them to ginger up their persecution of Aframericans, just as you supplied the Fascists with materials to conquer Ethiopia. Blackmail and gangsterism are Communist tactics just as they are the Fascists’.”

Tasan grimaced. “You will find that out in Ethiopia.”

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