“Do you know what you’re looking at? That is a list of the passengers on the Mayflower.”
— Henry Louis Gates Jr (@HenryLouisGates) February 22, 2023
And no, it’s not what you think.
Communist domestic terrorist Angela Davis should be in prison, but since the Left took over America, she’s instead a prominent academic and black nationalist figure. And she’s never stopped calling America racist.
But her own ancestry is as mixed as the history she’s exploited in her long life. And I don’t just mean racially mixed.
Davis’ mother’s father was a white Alabama lawyer named John Austin Darden.
Looking at a photo of Darden, Davis says that the family resemblance is undeniable. “He has my mother’s lips. It’s so funny, I can see her in him,” she notes.
The “Finding Your Roots” team follows the paper trail back to Davis’ fourth great-grandfather, Stephen Darden, who was born in colonial Virginia and served in the Revolutionary War (and played the drums).
Davis then grapples with learning Stephen Darden became a slave owner after moving to Georgia.
“I always imagined my ancestors as the people who were enslaved. My mind and my heart are swirling with all of these contradictory emotions,” she says.
Later in the episode, Davis learns the identity of her paternal grandfather. Gates explains that her father, Benjamin Frank Davis, grew up in a small town in Alabama with his mother Mollie Spencer.
Spencer was once married to a man named Edward Davis — but Edward Davis was not Frank Davis’ father.
The couple separated long before Frank Davis and many of his siblings were born. Frank Davis’ sister told Davis stories of his white father.
Turns out Mollie Spencer lived near a white man named Murphy Jones. With the help of DNA evidence, the “Finding Your Roots” team discovers that Murphy Jones was, in fact, Frank Davis’s biological father.
So the symbol of black nationalism has two white grandfathers. She’s descended from dead white men, one of whom was a slaveowner. And her descent goes back to the Mayflower.
‘At the end of the episode, Davis also learns she’s descended from William Brewster, one of the 101 people who came to the colonies aboard the Mayflower.
“No. I can’t believe this. No, my ancestors did not come here on the Mayflower,” Davis says, laughing.
Davis, who fought against structural racism in the U.S., says she “never” expected to learn that she was descended from one of the nation’s white settlers. “That’s a little too much to deal with right now,” she says.
That’s the whole point. Reparations in a country this mixed are absurd. Which part of Angela should pay reparations to the other part? America’s racial legacy is a complicated mix and has been for a while.
Like a lot of leftists, Angela Davis came from a middle-class background. And, like a lot of black radicals, a racially mixed one.
To some, Angela Davis’s rather bookish upbringing seems an improbable background for the fierce revolutionary cause she espouses. Notoriety, people point out, was something thrust upon her in 1970, when she was dismissed from her post on the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles. But to Miss Davis, her radical beliefs are a natural outgrowth of her past–for the most part, one of scholarly pursuits and the evolution of an ideology that animated her later activism.
Angela Yvonne Davis was born Jan. 26, 1944, into a teaching family, although her father, B. Frank Davis, left teaching shortly after her birth to open a service station business.
Her childhood in Birmingham, Ala., often described as contented and serene, was a period of piano and dancing lessons, membership in the Girl Scouts, diligent work in school, a wholesome family life and economic security. In a letter introduced at her trial, she confessed to some misgivings about her background. “My mother was overly protective of her sons and daughters,” Miss Davis wrote. “I could never forgive her for forcing my brothers, us too, to take dancing lessons.”
Behold the oppression.
The Soviet-backed symbol of black supremacy and revolution was a descendant of slave owners whose ancestors came here on the Mayflower who grew up having to take dancing lessons in a middle-class home before getting a position at UCLA. This is the Left’s radicalism in a nutshell even when it dresses up in blackface.