On Line Reviews by Mike Ramey

 

“Space does not permit the citing of all the many examples of the utter hypocrisy of the white Communists which show the vast gulf between what they say and what they do.”

 

--Manning Johnson, Author

“Color, Communism & Common Sense”

 

     It has been said that to understand today, one must be a student of the history of yesterday. History does have a habit of repeating itself.  It has also spawned a saying, which is best summarized in the following manner: “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”  “Color, Communism & Common Sense” by Manning Johnson may be an old book, but the work provides enough history and ground-laying work to give the reader an opportunity to understand ‘why’ things are happening the way they are from groups such as Black Lives Matter, Antifa and a variety of other groups.

 

     “Color, Communism & Common Sense” (1958 & 2020, 78 pages, Stuyvesant Press Corporation & Martino Fine Books) is one of those short, power packed works, loaded with quotes, article clips and intrigue.  Johnson, a Black man and American citizen in the early half of the last century, eventually joined the Communist Party and was able to rise as an operative.  He saw things from the inside which eventually led to his being able to testify on Capitol Hill—and other places—concerning the lengths of which Communists (from Russia and other places) had not only infiltrated America but took pains to infiltrate and ‘turn’ Black organizations against the very communities they were formed to protect.

 

     One of the more interesting notes of the work is the lengths by which Communist agents would seek to influence, bribe, and if need by compromise Negro (Black) leaders in the church, business, and other visible sectors.  Much of what Johnson describes in his work is still going on today.

 

“My zeal, training, both theoretical and practical, combined with loyalty and willingness to sacrifice, change me from a novice into a dedicated red (Communist)—a professional revolutionist.  Consequently, I climbed rapidly to the National Committee, the highest governing body of the Communist Party in America.”

 

--Manning Johnson, Author

 

     Chapters include: “Subverting Negro (Black) Churches”, “Creating Hate” and “Modern Day Carpet Baggers”.  Johnson named names—including institutions, organizations, individuals, and those who were ‘big’ in the party.  Further, Johnson detailed how the Soviets developed their infiltration techniques into the Black community.  However—also according to Johnson—Communists themselves were just as apt at practicing racism.

 

“While the white reds (Communists) were renting apartments and sub-letting them to Negroes to stir up racial bitterness and hate such as existed in Stuyvesant Town, in New York City, they carefully avoided living in a Negro community.”

 

--Manning Johnson, Author

 

     The publication of this work came at a high cost, as it has been reported via Internet and written sources that Johnson died in a car crash about a year this book was first released in 1958.

“Color, Communism & Common Sense” by Manning Johnson may be found through your favorite electronic bookseller, or through Martino Fine Books.

 

     Mike Ramey is a Minister, syndicated columnist, book reviewer and consultant.  “On Line Reviews” is one of a variety of regular column titles which Ramey has in cyberspace from Barnstorm Communications International.  If you care to drop him a line, or a whine, feel free to reach him at mgmikeramey@yahoo.com. ©2021 Barnstorm Communications International.

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Ramey is married and resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a Christian, an Ordained Minister and KJV Bible Teacher. Since the 1980s, Ramey has won--or helped to win--multiple journalism awards and citations (including 3 CASPER awards). He holds a Police Citation for Citizen Bravery from the Indianapolis Police Department (1986) presented by the late Mayor William H. Hudnut III, and an award as ‘Best New Internet Writer’ (2003) “Black Men In America.com” from Mr. Gary Johnson, Publisher.

His career also includes serving as an award-winning broadcast reporter, producer and TV/Radio talk show host in the Indianapolis market since 1981. In addition, Ramey has served as staff writer and section editor for The Indianapolis Recorder, and a freelancer for The Indiana Herald. Ramey has also served as a guest Op-Ed writer for The Indianapolis News, a staff writer for The Indianapolis Star, and a freelancer for BOTH The Associated Press and USA Today Newspaper (Gannett).

In business as an Anti-Gang Specialist & Consultant since 2007, Ramey is the Modern Street Gangs Specialist of “The Gang Line”. He has been interviewed in the U.S. and abroad on the dangers of Modern Street Gangs. Ramey is a Certified Modern Street Gang Specialist, with Law Enforcement (2006), Non-Law Enforcement (2010) and Gangs & Cults (2017) certifications, plus endorsements in K-12 Gang Issues (2010) and Transnational Gang Tactics (2010). He has held workshops, trainings and consultations with and for street-level/school-based personnel. He carries Specialist ratings in the area of Cult/Occult Crime, Transnational Human Trafficking and has served as a national/transnational consultant to various faith-based anti-gang ministries.

Ramey has also served as a veteran substitute licensed teacher (1986-2011), a college instructor, a Probation Officer (Intensive/High Risk & School-Based 2001-2007) with the Marion County Juvenile Court and a peer grant reviewer of anti-gang grant programs for the U.S. Department of Justice (2010). He also created, designed and taught the course UM-190 “Modern Street Gangs: Developing Urban Ministry Strategies” in 2009 and 2010 at Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana for those who desired to serve Jesus Christ in an Urban Ministry environment. Ramey also served as a post-production consultant for Chick Publications’ anti-gang comic: “Black Angel”. It had a 2013 national release, with an international Spanish-language version released in 2014.

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