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Standing Up Against McCarthyism

Joseph_McCarthyMemphis Changing planes heading for the West Coast, and even on Labor Day when it’s time to talk about why unions matter and what we need to do about it, we are blocked by our inability to unite to stand together against the new McCarthyism.  My twitter and Facebook buddies were wild in the tweets and all over the status reports on this cave-in from progressives and the disunity that continues to allow the rightwing to attack organizers, leaders, and organizations.  As I’ve already said, I take all of this personally, because I’m going through this whirlpool still.  The difference is that I took no comfort in a Glen Beck switching the attack from me to Van Jones.  The tactics are the same, even when the target is different.

The only way to confront McCarthyism is to call a spade a spade and then stand up together to push it back.  Right now, there’s nothing but bobbing and weaving.

Many had a lot to say.  I have rarely gotten as much response to my blog and my stand here.  Taj James was on the same page.  Ludovic Bain also had a lively exchange of comments on all of this.  He pointed out that no white environmental group stood up on the Van Jones attack.  I wish it were just a matter of racism in the environmental movement, then we could isolate and cauterize the mess.  Truth is, it’s just cowardice everywhere, I fear.

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