The Press: Careless Lumping

The U.S. Communist press operates on the racist proposition that a Negro can do no wrong, an assumption that is as offensive to most U.S. Negroes as its racist opposite. But last week Entertainment Columnist David Platt of Manhattan's Communist Daily Worker discovered that no party-liner dares wander from that particular line, even for an instant. In printing a list of "lavatory literature," i.e., pocket-size picture magazines published by the "capitalist press," Critic Platt made the mistake of including Jet, the breezy Negro weekly (TIME, Sept. 22, 1952) that can lift a skirt with the best of them (e.g., People Today,...

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