“Black people have a reason to hate. That’s how it is. For your sake, I wish it were otherwise, but it’s not so. So you might as well get used to it.”
That sounds like a Black Lives Matter speech but it’s actually the character identified only as “Frank” in Dreams from My Father. Young Barry’s grandmother had been frightened by a large black man, and as Frank explained, “your grandma’s right to be scared.” Back in the day, Frank explains, he would have to step off the sidewalk to let white folks pass. Barry’s grandfather probably never told him about that because it “makes him uncomfortable.”
Dreams from My Father is a fictitious account, as official biographer David Garrow explained in the 2017 Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama, but it does contain real events and characters. Garrow revealed what the “composite character” author had already acknowledged, that “Frank” is Frank Marshall Davis, an African American Communist so dedicated to the all-white Soviet dictatorship he landed on the FBI’s security index.
Before Barry goes off to college, Frank warns, “they’ll train you so good, you’ll start believing what they tell you about equal opportunity and the American way and all that shit.” According to Frank, if the student should want to start “running things,” then whites will “yank on your chain and let you know that you may be a well-trained, well-paid nigger, but you’re a nigger just the same.”
In Chicago, the student meets the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, “a dynamic young pastor. His message seemed to appeal to young people like me.” As the Rev. Wright explains, “life’s not safe for a black man in this country, Barack. Never has been. Probably never will be.” That too sounds like the creed of Black Lives Matter, as David Horowitz explains, created in 2013 by self-styled Marxist-Leninist revolutionaries “who selected as their movement icon convicted cop-killer and Black Liberation Army member Assata Shakur.”
In February 2015, at the height of their riots and incitements, President Obama duly invited BLM to the White House. They were better organized than he had been, the president said, and “I am confident that they are going to take America to new heights.”
After the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis cop, Black Lives Matter headed a nationwide spree of arson, looting and violence that claimed the lives of police officers, including African Americans such as David Dorn. In a virtual town hall on the matter, former president Obama named none of the victims and failed to condemn any of the violence and destruction. On the other hand, he invoked “institutionalized racism,” the “original sin” of our society.
The task of the protesters, Obama said, is to make such sinners feel “uncomfortable,” the same term Frank used back in the day, and “seize the moment.” That leaves plenty to ponder for people of no color and African Americans alike.
Born in 1905, Frank Marshall Davis studied journalism at Friends College then transferred to Kansas State. In Livin’ the Blues: Memoirs of a Black Journalist and Poet (University of Wisconsin Press, 1992), Davis proudly notes his inclusion in Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in America. So in Frank’s day, there was plenty of opportunity for blacks in America, and things were bound to get better.
Frank warned that college is “an advanced degree in compromise” and the Rev. Wright said “life’s not safe for a black man in this country,” and never would be. Yet somehow the Hawaiian-born student formerly known as Barry Soetoro earned a law degree at Harvard, became a U.S. Senator, and in 2008 was elected president of the United States, the most powerful person in the world.
In 2015, during his second term, the composite character president brought Black Lives Matter to the White House. As the current insurrection surges, the former president mounts the bully pulpit, invoking the “original sin” of institutionalized racism. He exhorts the protesters to “make people uncomfortable” and “seize the moment.”
Leading the charge is Black Lives Matter, whose icon is Assata Shakur also known as Joanne Chesimard. In 1973, Chesimard shot and killed New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster in execution style, at point-blank range. The convicted murderer escaped prison and fled to Cuba, an all-white Stalinist dictatorship leading the world in black political prisoners.
In 2013, on the 40th anniversary of Foerster’s murder, Joanne Chesimard became the first woman to make the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list. While living in Cuba, FBI agent Aaron Ford said, she “continues to promote her terrorist ideology. She provides anti-U.S.-government speeches, espousing the Black Liberation Army’s message of revolution and terrorism.”
In March of 2016, President Obama visited Cuba to push for an end to the U.S. trade embargo. He did so with no conditions on the Castro regime such as free elections, release of political prisoners, and no demand for the return of Joanne Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur. When her protector Fidel Castro died in November, 2016, Obama recalled “the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives,” and hailed “the enormous impact of this singular figure.”
In 2016, the Stalinist’s life mattered. In 2020, the former president is still leading from behind as rioters loot, burn, and kill police officers in the style of Joanne Chesimard, an inspiration to violent leftists of all skin shades.
Weather Underground terrorists Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert named their son Chesa, after Joanne Chesimard, and the child was adopted by Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. Chesa Boudin is now district attorney of San Francisco.
“It’s time for radical change to how we envision justice,” the victorious Boudin said last year. “I’m humbled to be a part of this movement that is unwavering in its demand for transformation.”
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