Though the government tried its best to hurt Robeson’s career by accusing him of treason, they ultimately failed. But that may not have been their only attempt.
Robeson left the country, but soon fell seriously, mysteriously ill. His son believes the CIA secretly drugged him and destroyed his health!
We can't forget how our outspokenness against systems of oppression have been met with accusations of criminal activity, treason, and punishment through censorship. As Robeson demonstrated, that cannot mean we stop speaking the truth about our conditions in this country. History rewards our bravery!