Usually, when deciding which articles to post on the NewsWire, I read them, assess whether the TAMS would find them interesting, and then, I move on.
I mean, the news cycle changes so quickly that it seems as though we are constantly being barraged with new events/stories.
But there was one article that “stayed” with me.
And, not in a good way.
More like a dull headache. It bothered me.
Former Communist Party member and long-time radical left activist Angela Davis is the subject of a new documentary partly financed by Hollywood mogul Jada Pinkett Smith (wife of actor Will Smith), who praised the Lenin Peace Prize winner as a “figure that embodied justice and freedom.”
Davis was a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) from 1969 to 1991. She traveled to East Germany in 1979 to personally accept the International Lenin Peace Prize… Davis also owned the shotgun that was used to kidnap and kill Marin County Judge Harold Haley on Aug. 7, 1970 in a scheme involving one of Davis’s acquaintances, a crime that led to Davis fleeing from authorities, being placed on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List, and facing a trial and acquittal on murder, kidnapping, and criminal conspiracy charges. She was found not guilty on all counts.
And why was Smith so eager to finance the film?
“For me, Angela Davis was a very important political figure and what she represented, even for me as a woman,” Smith told HuffPost Live in an Apr. 4 interview to promote the movie… Miss Davis at this time became the political icon that she became because she became, she embodied a representation of the right for all to have justice and freedom, no matter the color, no matter your gender, no matter your political views,” said Smith.
So, according to Celebrity Pundit Jada Pinkett Smith, Angela Davis (now distinguished professor emerita at UCal-Santa Cruz) is an icon who stood, and fought, for freedom for all.
This is such
total b.s. fascinating revisionist history.
Here is what Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian dissident and Nobel Prize winner, said in 1975, in an address to the NY AFL-CIO:
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.
Didn’t Jada Pinkett Smith say that Davis “embodied a representation of the right for all to have justice and freedom, no matter the color, no matter your gender, no matter your political views…” ?
I guess she forgot to add: “unless you stand up against a Communist regime.”
Pinkett Smith says of the importance of bringing the Angela Davis story to light:
“…I look at this story as being one of the reasons and parts of the path of how we’ve gotten to have an African-American president, or even for myself or my husband or, you know, my kids to exist in the way that we do.”
I’m not exactly sure how the terrorist activities of a treasonous Communist contributed to Will and Jada’s successful movie careers and their millions of dollars.
But Jada is half-correct about “one of the reasons and parts of the path of how we’ve gotten to have an African-American president.”
But she got the name wrong.
It wasn’t Angela Davis.
It was Angela Davis’ fellow 60’s terrorist, Bill Ayers.
But that is another story.