March 15, 2010
Excerpt from Roberta Wood's, "Our Socialist Inheritance and Future", re: dispensing with the Hammer and Sickle as emblem of CPUSA , November 200
This article is based on a presentation made in St. Louis, Missouri by Roberta Wood a member of the Communist Party's National Board on the occasion of a celebration of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party.
Our Socialist Inheritance and Future
By Roberta Wood, November 2009
"We love our history but there’s no point in being a cult about it. For example, do we need a hammer and sickle? A sickle was a common agricultural tool of European peasants, but that symbol doesn’t mean anything to Americans – we only see a sickle if someone dresses up as the Grim Reaper for Halloween. Yes, we need a new 21st century logo that evokes an image of the unity that WE are building... "
In and of itself changing a party Symbol is an indifferent matter.There are arguments on both sides for altering symbols. The question assumes a different nature only if there has arisen, on ideological matters, questions whether the body making the proposals about symbolic changes (party name, party emblem) has gone from a discernibly Communist to a Reformist program.
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