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AntiWest Indian feelings, consequently, were strongest among educated American blacks, who felt their position challenged by the newcomers. By the same token, West Indian blacks, who were in the majority at home, could not understand black-white relations in America. The fact that Garvey came from Jamaica intensified the bitter feelings between the two nationalities. 23 With both groups represented on its staff, the Messenger was particularly susceptible to nationalistic rivalries. When the West Indian editor W.
An alliance with white groups presented the danger of co-optation of the movement by the more highly skilled and better-financed whites. But organizational jealousies and competition for the meager assets of the black community militated against a truly effective coalition with black groupsa proposition borne out by Randolph's alliance with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored 2. , 1975). Jervis Anderson has written a popular biography, A. Philip Randolph: A Biographical Portrait (New York, 1973), more than half of which is devoted to the period leading up to the recognition of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.
Editorial, "Friends of Negro Freedom," Messenger (AprilMay, 1920), 4; Messenger (February, 1923), 529. See also advertisement for Friends of Negro Freedom, Messenger (April, 1923 ), 681; Foner, American Socialism and Black Americans, 31415, 324. Page 14 the lowest classes of blacks, who had little stake in American society and therefore nothing to lose. Of late, however, historians have begun to revise their explanations of the implications of Garveyism. Although they have somewhat different points of view, revisionists Judith Stein and Robert Hill both tie Garvey's influence to the period of economic expansion following World War I and the fact that the black community did not participate in the prosperity enjoyed by the dominant white society.
A. Philip Randolph, pioneer of the civil rights movement by Paula F. Pfeffer