On the heels of “The Company You Keep”, a mildly fictionalized celebration of the Weather Underground terrorists, comes a much less nuanced glorification of Communist terrorist Angela Davis.
Free Angela & All Political Prisoners is a project of Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Its producers include Will Smith and his producing partner James Lassiter, who has been there for most of Will Smith’s movies. Also there as Executive Producer is Jay-Z; currently touring Communist Cuba.
Jada Pinkett Smith claims to have been a fan of Angela Davis since she was 19 and has been doing the rounds of liberal outlets promoting it, while not mentioning who Davis really was.
“She became this figure that embodied justice and freedom, and that people all over the world that were fighting for justice and freedom, you know, used her as the symbol in which to forge ahead,” Jada Pinkett Smith told NPR.
The real history of Angela Davis however is a little light on the freedom and justice part. While the Soviet bloc did indeed use Angela Davis as a symbol of justice and freedom. That is not much of a tribute from a totalitarian system that was overthrown by its own people for its lack of freedom and justice.
In 1968, as Soviet tanks rolled into Czechoslovakia to crush the “Prague spring,” Davis joined the Communist Party, voicing her belief that “the only path of liberation for black people is that which leads toward complete and radical overthrow of the capitalist class.”
In September 1969 Davis was fired from UCLA when her membership in the Communist Party became known. This resulted in a celebrated First Amendment battle that made Davis a national figure and forced UCLA to rehire her.
In 1970 Davis was implicated by more than 20 witnesses in a plot to free her imprisoned lover, fellow Black Panther George Jackson, by hijacking a Marin County, California courtroom and taking hostage the judge, the prosecuting assistant district attorney, and two jurors. In an ensuing gun battle outside the court building, Judge Harold Haley’s head was blown off by a sawed-off shotgun owned by Ms. Davis. To avoid arrest for her alleged complicity in the plot, Ms. Davis fled California, using aliases and changing her appearance to avoid detection.
In 1979 Davis was awarded the Intenational Lenin Peace Prize (formerly named the International Stalin Peace Prize) by the East German police state. This honor was given by a Soviet government-appointed panel that sought to recognize individuals who had “strengthened peace among peoples” by advancing the agendas of the Kremlin and its totalitarian regime.
Davis ran for Vice President of the United States in 1980 and 1984, alongside Gus Hall, on the Communist Party ticket.
Davis remained an active member of the Communist Party until 1991, when she was expelled for opposing the coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. She then formed the “Committees of Correspondence” to carry on the Communist mission with other Party members, including Bettina Aptheker (also a professor at UC Santa Cruz), Conn Hallinan (Provost at UC Santa Cruz), and Professor Harry Targ (Chair of the “Peace Studies” program at Purdue).
Not exactly freedom and justice.
When NPR asked Jada Pinkett Smith about Angela Davis’ history with murder, her response was predictably empty and glib.
NPR: Many people feel that she was, in part, complicit in some way in the death of another human being and have never forgiven her for that. And I’m just wondering how you feel she is viewed now, and how you feel about how she’s viewed, if you see my point.
Jada Pinkett Smith: I don’t think that we are supposed to live our lives to be liked by everyone, because I think that that is the very thing that paralyzes people not to stand up for what they believe and make change in the world. And sometimes, you know, when you take a very strong point of view in regards to something, it’s natural that there’s going to be a group of people that aren’t going to like you for it.
The C word is never mentioned. Communist.
“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,” Smith says.
But it’s not so much a question of having an African-American in the White House as the specific man who is in the White House. We could have had a patriotic African-American president, but we don’t. What we have is another lefty who is a product of the same hostile politics of Anti-Americanism exemplified by Davis and her proponents.