Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Smithsonian Disgrace - Matthew Vadum


by Matthew Vadum

How America’s historical memory has been traduced into celebrating a communist hack and servant of dictators.





The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in the nation’s capital is planning to use taxpayer dollars to honor unrepentant America-hating Communist Angela Davis.

Of course, this is the same museum that had to be shamed into properly recognizing the contributions of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, a brilliant jurist and political conservative, to American society. Initially, the museum praised his undistinguished nemesis, Anita Hill, a former aide whose politically motivated lies about his office behavior nearly felled his nomination to the court in 1991, before being pressured into giving Thomas the attention and respect he richly deserves.

Unless a political backlash arises, on Sept. 10 the museum will screen and host a discussion on a piece of agitprop called Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners, directed by Shola Lynch. Lynch and Davis will headline the talk that will be moderated by Rhea Combs, NMAAHC film and photography curator.

According to the museum, “[t]he documentary explores the life of Angela Y. Davis, Ph.D. a brilliant young scholar and how, because of her activism in support of social justice, she was criminalized and named on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list.”

This piece of revisionist anti-American cinematic propaganda is, of course, how the Left prefers to view Davis: as a Social Justice Warrior extraordinaire cruelly and systematically oppressed by a nation that hates her because she is a black agent of desperately needed change.

The program was planned by someone identified on the museum website only as “Deirdre C., the Adult and Family Programs Coordinator at NMAAHC.” It is unclear why this woman’s surname was given only as “C.”

On her LinkedIn profile, one Deirdre Cross gives her title as Director of Public Programs at NMAAHC and describes herself as involved in “Social Justice Programs, National Museum of African American History and Culture.”

At the museum website, Deirdre C. hails Davis as a heroic victim who suffered to make America a better place.

“In terms on [sic] of this screening and conversation, we all recognize that Prof. Davis is a figure for the ages, as fascinating to us now as she was at the height of her incarceration and trial,” Ms. C. is quoted saying.

“Hers is a quintessential American story of activism. She witnessed and experienced injustice as it occurred and dedicated her life’s work towards a goal of seeing that all Americans are treated fairly under the law, and not jailed unjustly. I think that her life can inspire us all to live as more engaged citizens within our communities, voting and speaking about how our towns, cities, states are governed.”

Anyone who has followed Davis’s career knows everything the African American history museum has said about Davis is either self-serving leftist spin or outright lies.

Davis is no victim. In fact, she has left victims in her wake throughout her destructive career.
As Discover The Networks has documented, Davis, now a professor emerita at the University of California at Santa Cruz and a highly paid in-demand lecturer around the nation, has long been an enemy of the United States. The “History of Consciousness” program in which Davis taught awarded a Ph.D. to Black Panther rapist and murderer Huey P. Newton, while Davis served on the faculty.

Davis ran for vice president of the United States in 1980 and 1984, alongside Gus Hall, on the Communist Party USA ticket. She remained active in the CPUSA until 1991 when she was expelled for what even her party comrades considered to be excessive radicalism when she opposed the coup against Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev. Along with fellow Communist academics Bettina Aptheker, Conn Hallinan, and Harry Targ, she founded the Committees of Correspondence to continue her activism.

Before that, as Soviet tanks moved into Czechoslovakia to crush the “Prague spring” in 1968, Davis joined the CPUSA saying it offered “the only path of liberation for black people … which leads toward complete and radical overthrow of the capitalist class.” Davis cheered on the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and the invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. Davis’s devotion to international communism helped her secure the International Lenin Peace Prize in 1979 from the East German police state. The prize was decided on by a Soviet government-appointed panel that aimed to recognize individuals who “strengthened peace among peoples” by advancing the agenda of the totalitarian USSR.

Twenty witnesses said Davis participated in a 1970 plot to liberate her imprisoned lover, fellow Black Panther George Jackson, by taking over a Marin County, Calif., courtroom and holding the presiding judge, prosecutor, and two jurors as hostages. In the gun battle that followed, Judge Harold Haley was killed by a sawed-off shotgun that Davis owned. Davis fled the state and used aliases and changed her appearance to avoid being captured.

Months later she was arrested in New York City by the FBI. At her trial in 1972, Davis represented herself and could not be cross-examined. Davis argued that prosecution witnesses who placed her in Marin could not be believed because they were white. In a tragic betrayal of justice, Davis was acquitted.

Davis was an early leader of the anti-incarceration movement that gained steam under President Barack Hussein Obama, himself a major advocate for the racist, violent, cop-hating Black Lives Matter movement.

She claims that all minorities behind bars are “political prisoners” victimized by the “Prison-Industrial Complex” and argues they should be released.

Not surprisingly, Davis supports the Free Gaza Movement, whose objectives parallel those espoused by HAMAS, and supports the destruction of the Jewish state of Israel.

At a 2011 commencement address at Evergreen State College, Davis said: “I wanted to associate myself with an institution that continues to defend the spirit and legacy of one of the most prominent members of its community, [International Solidarity Movement activist] Rachel Corrie. And I think that each graduating class should take a moment and reflect on her courage her generosity. And I’m happy to hear that students and faculty on this campus, in the context of a 21st century resistance to Israeli apartheid, are following those who stood up against South African apartheid and are raising the demand for divestment.”

Davis makes no effort to hide her visceral hatred of President Donald Trump.

At a discussion of Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners in Richmond, Va., in early 2017, Davis described Trump’s election as “the future we really dreaded.” The taxpayer-supported Virginia Commonwealth University helped to organize the event.

Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” was, she said, simply shorthand for “make America white supremacist again,” she said. “We have to resist and prevent the Donald Trump project from reaching its realization.”

“Black people must understand that this is an attack on all of us,” Davis said of all things Trump.

“Racism is racism. And the Islamophobia that we’re witnessing now is growing on the terrain that has been created by so many decades and centuries of anti-black racism and anti-indigenous racism,” she said. “I think this is a time to recognize that all of us must stand with the most vulnerable populations.”

Chances are Angela Davis will repeat the same Communist rubbish at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture’s planned event on Sept. 10.


Matthew Vadum, formerly senior vice president at the investigative think tank Capital Research Center, is an award-winning investigative reporter and author of the book, "Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts Are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers."

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/274039/smithsonian-disgrace-matthew-vadum

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