The Paradox of Suppression

I found McDuffie’s analysis with regards to Horne’s depiction of the suppression of leftist black groups contradictory. According to Horne, during the Red Scare left-wing African American were tied to communism along with many other marginalized groups and treated as a domestic threat to the American way of life. While he claims that such suppression benefited the communist cause, citing the example that it helped spark the Watt uprising, he also argues that government attempts to silence these groups successfully kept them on the defensive, deterring civil rights groups. I found this seemingly contradictory portrayal of the effects of forcing domestic conformity supportive of the paradox found in the Nadel reading, which explained that such suppression of vocal domestic groups could both create unity by silencing opposition and leftist ideas but also cause backlash emboldening opposition against the unified American image and ideology.


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