“Frank Marshall Davis, 81, of Honolulu, died Sunday in Honolulu,” read the obituary in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Davis, who passed away on July 26, 1987, “was a renowned black poet and former newspaperman.”
The Kansas State graduate, recipient of a Julius Rosenwald Fellowship in poetry, authored “Black Man’s Verse,” and two other widely anthologized volumes of poetry “reprinted in public schools and college textbooks for general use throughout the United States.” Frank Marshall Davis was managing editor of the Atlanta Daily World, executive editor of the Associated Negro Press, and “taught the history of jazz music at the Abraham Lincoln School” in Chicago. An impressive profile, but there was more to the man.
In Livin’ the Blues: Memoirs of a Black Journalist and Poet, released by the University of Wisconsin Press in 1992, Davis proudly notes his inclusion in Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in America. Davis is also candid about joining the Communist Party USA, a white-led party whose members took a loyalty oath to defend the all-white Communist dictatorship of the Soviet Union. Davis joined the Party after the Hitler-Stalin Pact of 1939, a time when many others left, never to return.
In 1948, the Party shipped Davis from Chicago to Hawaii, not yet a state and a target of Stalin’s post-war expansionism. Frank wrote for Honolulu Record, a publication backed by the CPUSA and the International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union, headed by Harry Bridges, another Communist and Soviet agent. The CPUSA organization in the islands was formidable but lost the battle when Hawaii became the 50th state on August 21, 1959. The Party kept Frank on location, a decision of great significance.
In 1995, eight years after his death and three years after the publication of his memoirs, Frank showed up in Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, by Barack Obama, formerly known as Barry Soetoro after the Indonesian student, Lolo Soetoro, his mother Ann Dunham married in 1965. As the Dreams author explains, Frank “would read us his poetry whenever we stopped by his house, sharing whiskey with Gramps out of an emptied jelly jar,” and he warns young Barry about women. “They’ll drive you to drink, boy,” Frank would say, “and if you let ‘em, they’ll drive you into your grave.” When Barry heads off to college, Frank gets more serious.
“They’ll train you to manipulate words so they don’t mean anything anymore. They’ll train you to forget what it is that you already know. 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.” And so on.
In a September 20, 1995 show on Cambridge Municipal Television, the Dreams author talked up the poet Frank Marshall Davis. The audience was not curious about Frank’s prediction that racist America would never let him run anything. As it turned out, Barry got good jobs and gained election to the Illinois state senate and U.S. Senate.
For his part, Frank disappeared from the audio version of Dreams from My Father and did not appear in the author’s The Audacity of Hope, published in 2006. By then, the dreamer had his eyes on the prize. In November, 2008, he proclaimed, “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Five days later, the Hawaiian-born African American became the 44th president of the United States.
Four years later, Frank surfaced again in The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, the Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor by Paul Kengor, professor of political science at Grove City College. As Kengor discovered, Frank earned a place on the FBI’s security index and his political views bore startling similarities to those of the 44th president.
“Davis constantly bashed Wall Street, big oil, profits, GOP tax cuts, the wealthy and ‘millionaires,’” Kengor told Frontpage. “He called for taxpayer funding of ‘universal healthcare’ and ‘public works projects.’ He targeted General Motors. He championed Russian foreign policy, especially at the expense of countries like Poland. I could go on and on. The similarities are chilling.” In a 1946 column, Davis bashed “sacred institutions” and “the American way of life,” which Kengor found similar to Frank’s warning in Dreams from My Father about “equal opportunity and the American way and all that shit.”
Despite the revelations, the president gained a second term and the fundamental transformation he promised would soon be apparent. Americans would not get the health care they wanted, only the care the government wanted them to have. The FBI and Department of Homeland Security would ignore Islamic terrorism and target Americans who retained loyalty to the Constitution, limited government, and their religion.
The president would choose his successor and deploy the FBI and DOJ to keep her in the race (Operation Midyear Exam) and monitor her opponent. When the people voted in Donald Trump, the president deployed the upper reaches of the FBI, DOJ and intelligence community to attack Trump, the Crossfire Hurricane operation. After Trump’s inauguration, Frank Marshall Davis showed up again in Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama, released in May of 2017.
According to author David Garrow, Dreams from My Father, though it mentioned actual people and events, was an historical fiction, not an autobiography or memoir, and the author was a “composite character.” One of the actual characters was Frank Marshall Davis, whose “Communist background plus his kinky exploits made him politically radioactive.” That explained why the Stalinist disappeared from Dreams and failed to show up in The Audacity of Hope.
Frank Marshall Davis makes no appearance in Michelle Obama’s Becoming and is missing from Believer, by “Obama’s Narrator” David Axelrod, and The World As It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House, by Iran deal promoter Ben Rhodes. Davis is also absent from the composite character’s A Promised Land, released in November, 2020. On the other hand, Davis’ influence is more evident than ever.
The Communist Party USA believed that blacks were not real Americans and as Paul D’Amato noted in the International Socialist Review, “In 1928, the Comintern declared that Blacks in the U.S. constituted a nation, and they called for ‘self-determination in the Black Belt.’ The Black Belt was a swath of territory cutting through the South known for its rich, dark soil, in which rural Blacks at that time were concentrated in large numbers.”
Likewise, in “Communism’s African-American Soviet Republic,” Paul Kengor charted how in 1930 the Communist International (Comintern) called for creation of a Soviet-directed and controlled “Negro Republic” among America’s Southern states. In recent years, the concept of a separate black nation has been making a comeback.
“Actually, I think that it is fairly easily for African-Americans to form a Black nation within the United States,” professor Christian Davenport of the University of Michigan told the Atlanta Black Star in 2016. “There are cults and militias as well as private corporations that do whatever they want behind their closed doors.” The most high-profile militia on the current scene is Black Lives Matter, championed by the composite character president.
For the Marxist BLM, as for the CPUSA, the United States is a racist, imperialist entity that does nothing but oppress blacks. According to BLM, American police officers do nothing but hunt and kill black people. After the death of George Floyd, the composite character said that “to bring about real change, we both have to highlight a problem and make people in power uncomfortable,” code for the violence that BLM inflicted across the nation.
Black Lives Matter supports “Lift Every Voice and Sing” as the “black national anthem.” The National Football League proclaims “we believe Black Lives Matter” and will play the black anthem before NFL games. Joe Biden allows U.S. embassies around the world to fly Black Lives Matter flags and banners. So it’s now official policy.
Under critical race indoctrination now taking place in the schools and the military, Americans are taught that they are racists because of the way they were born, regardless of anything they ever said, did, or believed. All problems of black people are due to the moral lapses of those oppressive people of no color. So if the BLM squads should make any of the pale people uncomfortable by looting their stores, torching their synagogue or church, or attacking them in the street or at home, that’s only what’s necessary “to bring about real change,” the fundamental transformation promised in 2008.
What is going on in 2021 is the dream of Frank Marshall Davis, the black Stalinist who supported a Soviet-ruled “Negro republic” in America. This is what happens when a composite character whose founding narrative is an historical fiction becomes the most powerful man in the world.