In the 1960s Michael Klonsky, while attending San Fernando Valley State College, joined the radical Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). In 1968 he became SDS’s national chairman. That same year, he helped spark the riots that erupted in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention. Klonsky was also a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
In 1968 Klonsky penned a document titled “Toward a Revolutionary Youth Movement,” wherein he quoted — with admiration — Chinese dictator Mao Zedong. This document called for the development of “an organized class-conscious youth movement” to engage in “revolutionary struggle” to “expose war, racism, the exploitation of labor, and the oppression of youth.” By way of his “class analysis of capitalist institutions,” Klonsky concluded that “racism is an inherent part of capitalism and a primary tool used to exploit all working people.” Urging “a more militant campus movement” that would “expose the racist and class nature of [college] admissions,” Klonsky demanded the preferential “admission of black students and brown students to help wage the fight against racism on the campus.” …
In 2008 Klonsky supported Barack Obama for U.S. President … Klonsky was given the privilege of running a blog on the Obama campaign’s official website. The blog focused, as Klonsky put it, on “education politics and teaching for social justice.” But when blogger Steve Diamond called attention to Klonsky’s blog in June 2009, the Obama campaign scrubbed its website of anything Klonsky had ever written….
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