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REDS PROMOTE RACIAL WAR

Prolific and deranged pamphleteer Kenneth Goff scrapes the very bottom of the Red Scare bucket with Reds Promote Racial War (1958). The booklet, which features a happy interracial couple on the cover, seeks to mobilize anti-Communist action by appealing to the basest prejudices of 1950s white America (the caption for the picture on the cover sums it all up: "Is this the kind of marriage you want for your Daughter?"). It is being reviewed here because it is an important example of how virulently racist some anti-Communist groups were during the height of the Cold War.

The major point of Goff’s self-published 76-page screed is that Communist-manipulated desegregation will result in a debased American society ripe for Soviet conquest. The author includes specious crime statistics and random biblical verse to support his insane treatise, but it is the specter of Red-promoted miscegenation that “sells” the argument. And Goff obviously revels in his exploitation of the presumed dread of "race mixing." Indeed, a photo on page 12 of the booklet featuring a shirtless black man dancing with a seemingly delirious white woman is overkill for his twisted message, yet he also includes a lurid caption for his target audience:

“An example of the wild jungle sex orgies that go on each night in New York between Negroes and Whites in the ‘Ofay’ clubs. Some of these young girls come from homes in New York High Society.”

In another photo (on page 68) a smiling black man and a smiling white woman appear above the slogan “Mixed Schools End in Mixed Beds.”

And, finally, to prove just how far to the right he really is, Goff includes a photo (on page 34) of famed Commie hunter Richard Nixon (by then a second term vice president under Dwight D. Eisenhower) surrounded by several black women with the mocking caption "Richard Nixon in one of his many political gestures to win the Negro votes." Even the man who nailed Alger Hiss was a tool of the diabolical Reds from the author's fringe point of view. Nixon's later "southern strategy" that he employed to win the White House probably warmed Goff's bigoted heart.

But the “jungle fever” fear mongering and Nixon bashing take a backseat to what Goff sees as the ultimate threat to America if action is not taken to wake people from their complacency: “A Negro Communist Soviet” that will form in the southern United States after a “bloody [Communist-led] revolution.” On page 33 the author even includes a map of the “blacked-in” states that would supposedly be “governed by [singer-actor-activist] Paul Robeson or another loyal follower like him” if the revolution comes to pass.

Clearly, Mr. Goff, who died in 1972, could not have anticipated the demise of the Soviet Union and the full, 50 state presidency of Barack Obama, but it is safe to say that he is now spinning in his grave.

If this review left you wanting to read more about the paranoid writings of indefatigable Red baiter Kenneth Goff, check out our reviews of Red Shadows, Will Russia Invade America?, Red Betrayal of Youth and Red Tide.

REDS PROMOTE RACIAL WAR
Kenneth Goff
Copyright 1958 by Soldiers of the Cross
Self-published, Englewood, Colorado
76 Pages

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