Angela Davis

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Angela Davis
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Born 26 January 1944
Birmingham, Alabama
Nationality African-American
Known for Abduction and murder of Judge Harold Haley
Occupation Professor


Angela Yvonne Davis (born, January 26, 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American Marxist organizer and professor who was associated with the Black Panther Party (BPP) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Davis was also a prominent member of the Communist Party USA, running for Vice President on the party's ticket in 1980 and 1984. She first achieved nationwide notoriety when she was linked to the murder of Judge Harold Haley during an attempted Black Panther prison break; she fled underground, and was the subject of an intense manhunt.

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Violent Radicalism

Her membership in the Communist Party led to Ronald Reagan's request in 1969 to have her barred from teaching at any university in the State of California. She was tried for suspected involvement in the Soledad brothers' August 1970 abduction and murder of Judge Harold Haley in Marin County, California in a plot to free her imprisoned lover, Black Panther George Jackson, in one of the most famous criminal cases in recent American history. Though implicated by more than 20 witnesses, she was acquitted. The objectivity of the jury remains suspect, as one of the jurors made a communist revolutionary clenched-fist salute before cameras after the verdict was given.[1]

Despite former governor Reagan's attempts to prevent her entrance into California academia, she is currently Professor of History of Consciousness at the University of California and Presidential Chair at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Davis is a founder of the anti-prison grassroots organization Critical Resistance, and claims that all incarcerated non-Whites are political prisoners.

Honors from International Communism

In the Soviet Union there was a propaganda campaign orchestrated in the early 1970s by the ruling Jewish clique, with the title: "Free Angela Davis". They organized marches and meetings, whose purpose was to throw dirt on the not yet bolshevistic countries of the West and praise the beauties of bolshevistic ideology and its hero, Mrs. Davies. Her real activities went unmentioned. She was awarded the Lenin Prize for her services to international bolshevism in 1979.

Davis has also long been lionized by Marxist academics and followers of Black liberation theology in the United States. For instance, she has spoken as a "social justice" activist at the University of Oregon.[2] Disregarding her support of atheist communism and advocacy of homosexual marriage and transsexualism, has also addressed the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, a predominantly Black congregation in Birmingham, Alabama,[3] and has an ostensibly Christian 100% Black Pre-K through 8 school in Mobile, Alabama, Angela Davis Christian Academy, named in her honor.[4]

Reproof by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Speaking to the New York AFL-CIO on July 9, 1975, Russian dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn denounced Davis, whose fame depends upon her image as a supposed political prisoner during her trial, as a hypocrite for failing to help the victims of Soviet oppression when they requested her help.

There’s a certain woman here named Angela Davis. I don’t know if you are familiar with her in this country, but in our country, literally, for an entire year, we heard of nothing at all except Angela Davis. There was only Angela Davis in the whole world and she was suffering. We had our ears stuffed with Angela Davis. Little children in school were told to sign petitions in defense of Angela Davis. Little boys and girls, eight and nine years old, were asked to do this. She was set free, as you know. Although she didn’t have too difficult a time in this country’s jails, she came to recuperate in Soviet resorts. Some Soviet dissidents–but more important, a group of Czech dissidents–addressed an appeal to her: `Comrade Davis, you were in prison. You know how unpleasant it is to sit in prison, especially when you consider yourself innocent. You have such great authority now. Could you help our Czech prisoners? Could you stand up for those people in Czechoslovakia who are being persecuted by the state?’ Angela Davis answered: `They deserve what they get. Let them remain in prison.’ That is the face of Communism. That is the heart of Communism for you.[5]

References

  1. Carol Iannone. Martin Luther King Week - Phi Beta Cons National Review Online. January 12, 2007. Accessed April 7, 2013.
  2. "Martin Luther King Week - Phi Beta Cons."
  3. Kyle Whitmore. Civil rights movement was neither beginning nor end of the freedom struggle, Davis tells Birmingham audience AL.com. March 31, 2013. Accessed April 7, 2013.
  4. Angela Davis Christian Academy - Mobile, Alabama - AL - School Review
  5. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Warning to the West. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1976, pp. 60-1. Cited in "Martin Luther King Week - Phi Beta Cons."
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