During the McCarthy period, [Bunche] sought to challenge directly
the tenets of McCarthyism and sought to say that the real Americanism
was a social Democratic faith that was inclusive of all and
embodied, not the right wing, xenophobic ideas of a Joseph McCarthy,
but rather the kind of New Deal social democracy that you see
symbolized also by Franklin Roosevelt. Because the media. .
. because, first of all, a lot of the speeches in which he did
this were not widely covered, and second of all, because there
has always been unease until very recently, and some might argue
it's still true, with an African-American intellectual expressing
very, very profoundly, sharply drawn political views. It happened
to Robeson and to Bunche.