Florida Communist Party USA leader Josh LeClair interviews Scott Douglas, executive director of Alabama’s Greater Birmingham Ministries. Douglas is leading the charge against Alabama’s comparatively tough new anti-illegal immigration laws.
Douglas poses as a man of faith, a religious leader of Birmingham’s black community.
In reality, Douglas was a long time Communist Party USA member, from at least 1972 to 1991. He was a member at one point of the Party’s Religious Commission, the body charged with expanding communist influence in the churches. In 1991, Douglas left the Party to support the breakaway Committees of Correspondence.
Douglas, like many former CoC members, appears to have returned to the Communist Party orbit.
Scott Douglas on the Colbert Report.
Scott Douglas, executive director of [[Greater Birmingham Ministries]], appeared on the Colbert Report on Monday night to mark Martin Luther King’s birthday celebration.
Douglas has been with GBM since 1993, and has recently taken on the fight against Alabama’s tough immigration law, which is known as HB56. Before the interview, Colbert described Douglas as “a community organizer who believes anti-immigration is the civil rights issue of our time.”
During the interview, Douglas described HB56 as a law that “burdens family, breaks up families, forces to split up our families, burdens taxpayers and makes law enforcement take on the extra job of checking out people at traffic stops.” Douglas argued against a patchwork state immigrant law system in which all 50 states have their own anti-immigrant laws, and in favor of a comprehensive federal immigration law “that’s just and fair for everyone.” Douglas also mentioned the argument that HB56 diverts scarce law enforcement resources to immigration enforcement, a view shared by Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale and other Alabama law enforcement officials.
At one point, Colbert told Douglas that he is unable to see color (a long running Colbert Report gag), and asked if Douglas is Hispanic.
“I am a proud African-American, a proud Alabamian and a proud United States citizen,” Douglas replied.