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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.

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