On my Vox blog, I’m streaming a 12-minute excerpt of a 1960 speech given by W.E.B. Du Bois. The title: “Socialism and the American Negro.” To listen, click here.
Amazingly, Dr. Du Bois was 92 years old at the time.
The man had a brilliant mind. But you can’t help but be stunned by the warm, sweet kisses he blows toward the Soviet Union and Red China.
Du Bois describes those totalitarian states as “astonishing[ly] successful” paragons of Communism.
While Du Bois was speaking these words in Madison, Wisconsin, the People’s Republic of China (unbeknownst to the world) was in the middle of a man-made famine that would take many millions of lives.
And the Soviet Union would authorize construction of the Berlin Wall the following year... to prevent East Germans from fleeing Communism.
Du Bois joined the Communist Party USA in 1961. He died in 1963 as a newly naturalized citizen of Ghana.