Because Cannon was not, in the way of some, an “intellectual” he is so often underestimated. In Cannon’s veins ran the blood of the militant workers movement of the United States. A Wobbly, a founding member and first secretary of the Workers Party, and then of the SWP(US) Cannon ranks among the great revolutionaries of history. His legacy is as yet unfinished.
Back in March, the sometime-socialist Seymour posted this piece of far-right apologia (and rank anti-Semitism) on his blog. He has since received a resounding rebuke, and replied – characteristically- with childish, yah-boo petulance predicated upon the idea that long words equal serious thought. If I thought it would do this buffoon any good, I’d dedicate the following elementary lesson in the socialist attitude to race, to him:
The veteran Trotskyist James P. Cannon, writing in the US Socialist Workers Party’s paper The Militant, in May 1947:
Things are not exactly what they used to be in South Carolina. The mob of 31 white men who lined the Negro Willie Earl, and admitted it with ample detail in signed statements, were put to the inconvenience of a trial in court. That is something new. But it turned out to be a very small point, for the lynchers were all triumphantly acquitted…
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