Liberal conspiracy theorists are getting more and more delusional.
According to Lewis Diuguid, a columnist for the Kansas City Star, socialist is “an old code word for black”.
The only “evidence” that Mr. Diuguid provides to support this bizarre etymology is that J. Edgar Hoover, former director the Federal Bureau of Investigation, “used the term liberally [!] to describe African Americans who spent their lives fighting for equality”.
Actually, socialism is an economic theory that emphasizes state control of the means of production and distribution of goods in pursuit of an apparently egalitarian society. This theory has gained (mostly unwitting) acceptance in the United States since the Progressive Era of the late 1800s. Its greatest successes are the imposition of the graduated income tax and the creation of the welfare state.