A Black Communist Republic, in the United States?

The Black Belt Republic and the Soviet Unions’ plan for racial egalitarianism in the U.S.

4 min readDec 31, 2020
A map of the Black Belt territory and its surrounding areas. From James S. Allen’s book, The Negro Question in the United States (International Publishers, 1936). Credits: https://viewpointmag.com/2017/01/09/lynching-a-weapon-of-national-oppression-1932/

TThe battle between Communism and Capitalism led to many crazy endeavours, be it Reagan’s “Star Wars Program” — that aimed to use lasers shot from outer space as a missile defence system — or the psychochemical warfare overlapping with mind-control research, giving rise to projects like MK Ultra. It is safe to say that the Cold War was a pretty crazy time with Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) appearing to be sensible diplomacy.

However, prior to the Cold War, with the Soviet Union still in its infancy, Communists were seeking political agitation all over the globe, in hopes of what Vladimir Lenin dreamed of — global revolution. One of the ways in which Communists saw this unfolding was via the support of major oppressed groups, like Black Americans in the 20th century. Lenin also famously stated in 1921 the importance of Black Americans in the fight against imperialism, as they were, Lenin believed, one of the most oppressed proletariat groups and held a vital role in a new radical labour movement. Lenin even criticised American Communists for not actively recruiting Black Americans, nor recognising their potential, in turn preventing revolution from ensuing.