“BRAINWASHING… Its History; Use by Totalitarian Communist Regimes; and Stories of American and British Soldiers and Captives Who Defied It” 1956 by Edward Hunter, Pantianos Classics

Chapter Four – the Negro as POW… The Korean Miracle (Excerpts, pages 62 and 63)

(1) Find out how negro prisoners of war were in majority of those who resisted brainwashing and showed their allegiance to the United States of America.

Last sentence: “Talking to repatriated Negroes, I found that they had seen through the enemy game right from the start—they could detect racist cheese by its smell no matter how it was camouflaged.”

In the prisoner-of-war camps in North Korea, the dark-skinned American was put on his mettle racially because the communists insisted on appealing to him as a Negro. The color of his skin was constantly emphasized as his all-important characteristic. He was pitted against his country, symbolized in the person of the white man. Every humiliation, every indignation, every betrayal of the Bill of Rights was stressed to him by the Red indoctrinators.

But they failed miserably in their efforts to impress him and to gain the great propaganda victory on which they had counted to win the minds of the non-white peoples of the world.

I heard rumors about this Red propaganda setback almost as soon as the first prisoners began to be exchanged. The stage was set for the communists to drop their usual political bombshell. Editors all over the world focused on the lonely spot called Panmunjom, where “Little Switch” was taking place that cold April day in 1953. These first returnees were supposed to be only the very ill. The Reds made it a propaganda show, carefully selecting prisoners from as many different parts of America as possible. As was to be expected, the first man out was a Negro. Six out of the first group of sixteen released were Negroes, and eight out of the second batch of thirty-five. The Red emphasis was unmistakable.

The bulk of the prisoners were exchanged in “Big Switch,” which took place in chilly August and September of that year, yet little was heard either time to give more than token satisfaction to the Red racist propagandists. Out of the thousands of Negroes taken prisoner, only three were among the twenty-three cowed and mentally upset lads who said they did not want to return home to America.

The communists had started publicizing pro-Red statements by dark-skinned POW’s soon after the first were captured. They evidently expected these to grow into a crescendo that would reverberate throughout Asia and Africa. They were positive that the negroes caught in the Korean fighting would be putty in their hands. Believing their own propaganda, they had every confidence that this would be the case. Instead, the blare that was started up in the beginning faded away into a few long squeaks. I had paid little attention to this at the time because so much else was happening.

I thought of these developments one day when a newspaperman just back from the Korean front remarked that the communists were obviously disappointed over the failure of their efforts to exploit the American Negro. “How did the colored man come out in comparison with the whites?” I asked.

“Fine,” he replied right off. “Some say he came out better, proportionately speaking.”

Statistics were unavailable, of course, but others who made it their business to keep their ears tuned to what was going on in the POW camps told me the same thing. I did some investigating on my own, and I discovered was incontrovertible. The reds had dismally failed in their attempts to squeeze racist propaganda out of their colored captives. Our boys weren’t just buying any of that stuff! Talking to repatriated Negroes, I found that they had seen through the enemy game right from the start—they could detect racist cheese by its smell no matter how it was camouflaged.

(2) “THE FOUNDATION MACHINE” BY EDITH KERMIT ROOSEVELT WAS PUBLISHED in the December 26,1968 issue of The Wanderer. In this important article Mrs. Roosevelt discussed problems that had been created by the Carnegie Corporation’s new reading program as follows:

Even now the Carnegie Corporation is facing protests from parents whose children are exposed to the textbooks financed by the foundation under its “Project Read.” This project provides programmed textbooks for schools, particularly in “culturally deprived areas.” An estimated five million children throughout the nation are using the material in the programmed textbooks produced by the Behavioral Research Laboratories, Palo Alto, California. This writer has gone over these textbooks in the “Reading” series financed by the Carnegie Corporation and authored by M.W. Sullivan, a linguist. These foundation-funded books reveal a fire pattern that amounts to an incitement to the sort of arson and guerilla warfare that took place in Watts, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. On one page in the series we find a torch next to a white porch. The caption reads invitingly, “a torch, a porch.” Further along there is a picture of a man smiling while he holds a torch aloft. The caption beneath it reads: “This man has a t_rch in his hand.” The children are required as an exercise to insert the missing letter to fill in the word torch. The next picture shows the burning torch touching the porch, with a caption, “a torch on a porch.” Thus, the children are led in stages to the final act that suggests itself quite naturally. The picture in the series shows a hand moving the hands of a clock to twenty-five minutes past one, while this same shack is being devoured by flames.

The message is plain: an example of a man who deliberately commits the criminal act of settinga home on fire. Tragically, these young children are being indoctrinated with a pattern of anti-social ideas that will completely and violently alienate them from the mainstream of American middle-class values…. Other pictures in the Carnegie-funded supposedly educational texts include a comparison of a flag with a rag, the ransoming of an American soldier in a Chinese prison, a picture that shows people kneeling in a church to say their prayers beside a picture of a horse being taught to kneel in the same way, a reference to a candidate elected to public office as a “ruler,” a picture of a boy stealing a girl’s purse, and another boy throwing pointed darts at a companion whom he uses as target practice.

Understandably, the Carnegie-financed books are causing concern to local law-enforcement officials, many of whom have to cope with riot or near-riot conditions. Ellen Morphonios, prosecutor for Florida in its attorney’s office, and a chief of its Criminal Court Division, said recently:

“It’s a slap in the face and an insult to every member of the Negro community, saying that the only way to communicate with Negro children is to show a robber or violence. It’s like subliminal advertising. If this isn’t subversive and deliberately done as part of a master plan… Only a sick mind could have produced it.”

Repeated instances of this type of anti-social activity obviously constitute a strong argument for removing the tax-exempt status of these educational foundations, and for curbing their activities by Federal regulations and Congressional oversight.

[Ed. Note: The programmed textbooks used in Project Read are based on Skinnerian animal psychology. Programmed instruction calls for individualized instruction/self-instruction (programmed books and or teaching machines) and differs from the lecture/discussion method of teaching where the teacher, not the program, is the dispenser of knowledge.]


(3) Experimentation with Minorities