Thursday, December 11, 2014

When The New Republic WAS A Great Magazine 2 Read

A white man who didn't get regularly criticised by his black friends

Why - since it served so much racist conservatism - is The New Republic referred to as a "liberal" magazine? Because it once was:

Sancton was almost unique among southern liberals for his radical stand on the race question. Among other things, he wrote about lynchings, race riots, the so-called Negro Press, the work of black writers, the northward migration of southern blacks. He even called FDR to task for not speaking out against segregation and racial discrimination, an article that Eleanor Roosevelt herself promised to “bring to the attention of the President.” He befriended prominent black intellectuals, including W.E.B. Du Bois, Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, Roi Ottley, Henry Lee Moon. His race articles were denounced on the floor of the House of Representatives by the segregationist congressman John Rankin—a call-out that he wore as a badge of honor—and attracted the attention of Henry Luce, who hired him away from TNR to write about racial issues for LIFE.

And Mr. Sancton's fine dedication to blacks - and America - is a wonderful example of why the word "whites" is, today, said in quotes,...

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