Cheering Black Radical Killers

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Alice Kaplan’s latest book, “Dreaming in French,” illuminates a pivotal year in the lives of Jackie Kennedy, Susan Sontag and Angela Davis, each of whom spent time in Paris between World War II and the start of the Vietnam War. In his review of the book, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Thomas Chatterton Williams contends that Angela Davis was the beneficiary of French intellectuals, whose works Davis had mastered, when they returned the favor by supporting her “against the racism of trumped-up charges she later would face.” Williams is referring to charges Davis faced in a 1972 murder case for which she was acquitted. Trumped up charges? Historical revisionism at best, outright lying at worst. Yet “racist-motivated” or “trumped-up charges” has been a recurring motif used to defend a coterie of radical black criminals who, despite mountains of evidence against them, have also benefitted from the support of leftists. It is those same leftists who are determined to turn the Trayvon Martin case into another racially-motivated circus–one where genuine justice takes a back seat to a leftist mob agenda.

Angela Davis is a former member of the Black Panther Party, who became a Communist in 1968 because she believed that “the only path of liberation for black people is that which leads toward complete and radical overthrow of the capitalist class.” In 1979, Davis was awarded the Intenational Lenin Peace Prize (formerly the International Stalin Peace Prize) by then-communist East Germany. In both 1980 and 1984, she ran for Vice President of the United States on the Communist Party ticket. She currently leads her own movement against what she refers to as the “Prison industrial complex,” contending that all incarcerated minorities are nothing more than political prisoners who should be freed.

On August 7, 1970, 17-year-old Jonathan Jackson pulled out a gun in the middle of trial and ordered everyone to freeze. He then passed out guns to the defendants and took five hostages as part of an escape plan. One of the hostages was presiding Judge Harold Haley, who had a sawed-off shotgun taped to his chin during the ordeal. During the subsequent gun battle attempting to prevent the escape, the judge’s head was blown off.

Davis was indicted as a result of two over-riding factors. First, more than 20 witnesses indicated that the hostage-taking was an effort to free fellow Black Panther George Jackson who was reportedly her lover, and that Davis had been in the area at the time of the crime. Second, Davis was the owner of the shotgun that killed Haley, and owned all of the other guns used in the attempted escape as well.

Trumped up charges? Davis seemingly didn’t think so. She fled California to avoid arrest, using aliases and changing her appearance until she was apprehended in New York City two months later. And even if one concedes the former charge might be untrue, the latter charge is indisputable. Davis owned the guns. Yet for people like Thomas Chatterton Williams and other see-no-radical-evil disciples, a prosecutor bringing charges against the owner of weapons used in a murder constitutes race-based railroading.

See-no-evil is a recurring theme for leftists when it comes to black radicals. Assata Shakur, aka JoAnne Chesimard, was part of a revolutionary activist organization known as the Black Liberation Army (BLA). On May 2, 1973, Chesimard and two accomplices were stopped for a motor vehicle violation on the New Jersey Turnpike by two state troopers. Chesimard was already wanted for her involvement in several felonies, including bank robbery. The trio opened fire on the troopers, wounding one. The other trooper was shot and killed execution-style at point-blank range. In 1977, Chesimard was convicted of first-degree murder. Two years later, she escaped prison and is currently thought to be living in Cuba.

A societal pariah as a result?  Hardly. In 2005, a grassroots movement, “Hands Off Assata” generated support for Chesimard in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and other cities. Other supporters claim she was the victim of “racial profiling and political targeting.” In 2011, the controversy touched the president when rapper Common was invited to the White House, despite penning “A Song for Assata” and naming his child Omote Assata Lynn. “Assata had been convicted of a murder she couldna done,” Common rapped. New Jersey state troopers were understandably outraged by the invitation. How is the president associated with Common? “It is likely Obama met Common at the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ were both men were members,” reported the NH Journal in 2011.

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  • southwood

    Angela Davis ? The Rolling Stones wrote and recorded a song about her, "Sweet Black Angel" back at the time of her abovementioned case. The title says it all. Think they sent her flowers too, maybe even contributed to her defence fund. That rings a bell. Anyhow, what would one expect from these clowns who sang about "Sympathy for the Devil" ? Oh, yes and the great defender of the downtrodden, Bob Dylan, penned a paean to George Jackson just after he was slain trying to escape from prison while murdering prison staff. It began:

    I woke up this morning
    There were tears in my bed
    They killed a man I really loved
    Shot him through the head.

    Someone who knew him in prison said Jackson was the baddest inmate and that was saying something.

    • gung hoe

      I have no problem with most black people!!!The ones that I have a problem with are the ones that hold it against me for slavery or that want unfair advantages because of their skin color,such as the ones in this article. If acquiting zimmerman is going to cause a race war than so be it,this has been brewing for some time and I for one have had just about enough.When O J was on trial what hell wouldve been raised had he been found guilty.Its like a spoiled child that doesnt get their way jumping up and down till they do.

      • southwood

        What gets me is the paucity of blacks who speak out against their fellow blacks when they deceitfully use the race card. I suppose, unless they are well away from the 'hood, they are too afraid. It's a form of terrorism really. Why are the NBPP not being investigated over incitement to murder in the Zimmerman case ? …Oh, of course…they are merely speaking out for rough justice the victim of racial hate because of their frustration with the justice system . Yeh, right !

  • tagalog

    There IS some hope for the French. First of all, French intellectuals are not as common as they once were, and among what few there are, some are actually righties (example: Francois Furet). Second, French culture DOES value human liberty, even though they ignore it a lot. And recently, they've had their own religio-racial issues with the Muslims who are moling their way into subverting French culture and society. So don't write the French off. After all, they aren't the Brits; the French still have some stones.

    • Roger

      Do you know how many gears a French battle tank has?
      Five that reverse, and one that goes forward. (You know, in case they're attacked from behind).

      • tagalog

        French Lebel rifle for sale: never fired, only dropped once.

        Q. Why do French roads have tall, leafy trees planted on both sides?

        A. Because the Germans HATE to march in the sun!

        • Roger

          What did the Mayor of Paris say to the commander of German forces?

          'Would you like a table for four?'

        • D'Sharque

          the punch line is actually "… so the German army can march in the shade."

      • aspacia

        They even lost to Mexico.

        • Roger

          Before Holder started arming them too.

  • Howard

    Nothing exceptional here at all and why would anyone expect there to be?

    Socialism, communism, and social democracy are all aberrant political doctrines that now have a substantial negative evidential record that cannot be dismissed. The old saw that communism is “alright in theory” has at long last been buried in reality. When was the last time you heard that one? Like all things inconvenient the left just drop it and move on. Why do you think that web site of theirs is called “”?

    These people have lost the intellectual battle de jure but not de facto. These ideas are a materialistic religion and thus survive but there is precious little utility in socialism, even the word “socialist” scares the horses on the left. They can’t even fly their own etymological banner for the embarrassment it offers them; they are now running scared of their own definitive idea socialism! The president won’t even adopt the term that defines him……WOW!

    Angela Davis is just another actor in a farce that continues but at some point will come to an end in a generation or so. The thirst for deception (dishonesty by another name) violence and the like is never far beneath the surface in the minds of these people; their abject denial of reality is rather to be expected they wouldn’t be good lefties if these attributes weren’t there as “social” hallmarks.

    The complete inability to begin to understand wealth creation and its counterpart poverty is at the core of their problem with modernity. They don’t get Ayn Rand’s point that wealth is very much a creature of the mind, stifle it and you have no wealth created. So then what happens to the poor? Creating poverty is brand that they own.

    We are coming to the end of this radical love fest; such people are anachronistic and represent the past more than any future. Denying reality is the norm, inconvenient facts are just shrugged off with an air of “don’t confuse me with the facts” attitude which is why they so often condone criminality and in the end adopt it as a modus vivendi. History won’t be kind to those who espouse violence and mass murder on the scale the left has managed to do.

    There are immutable realities here, when was the last time you got a job from a poor person? The great socialist enterprise is losing steam slowly but surely, it can be defeated but it will take time and intelligence to do so, characteristics they do not have in their favour. The cominterm did its job well when it set up the long march through the institutions, rank Russian communism may be a thing of past but there are still marchers active in our institutions it is time to take away their boots.

    Redistributive fervor is still uppermost in the Democrat party; at heart the party is a massive kleptocracy that feeds the need for social burglary that is why so many vote for them. Wealth doesn’t come out of a tax demand, an expropriation order, or a sequestration mandate; this simple fact eludes them for the most part and that is to our advantage. Don’t be surprised by their obvious mendacity about facts and evidence, they wouldn’t be who they are if they weren’t exactly as we expect them to be. It might be so much harder if they told the truth.

    Arnold Ahlert has done us a favour in reminding us of the capacity for lies and deception that the left has, the good thing is they keep doing it, I wouldn’t want them to change that would make things so much harder.

  • Terp Mole

    VIDEO: UMaryland hosted Davis on April 18, 2012 at Stamp Student Union to a packed Colony Ballroom.

    Watch (@29m mark) her delusional attempt to channel what Travon Martin "learned" about racism in his final moments.

    • Terp Mole

      Obligatory, grotesque standing ovation (@1:25m) after calling for a prisonless society to end violence against black people.

      "Palestine is the largest open air prison camp in the world." (@1:54m)

  • H&R_ Barack

    ~ Sixties radical Angela Davis faithfully contributes to Obama-Holder's Democrat culture of anger.

  • clarespark

    There is an entire academic apparatus supporting the ideology outlined in this article. I wrote about it here:…. The editors of some of the Humanities Net discussion group, wittingly or unwittingly support the arguments of the most militant black nationalists.

  • Terp Mole

    On the bright side, her brutally executed victim (Judge Harold Haley) is survived by 2 daughters, 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. They are his legacy.

    One fine day, the Earth will shed itself of this shrivelled old child-barren lesbian. She'll be forgotten and irrelevant as her 1979 Lenin Peace Prize.

  • Ghostwriter

    "Lenin Peace Prize?" Knowing what's come out about Lenin,even in the past decade is a misnomer AT BEST!

  • johnnywoods

    What a prating fool Angela Davis is. The prating (chattering or babbling) fool shall be cast down.(Prov. 10:8).

  • aspacia

    Our taxes pay many black radicals to teach.