Angela Davis’ Ancestors Came Here on the Mayflower
PBS outs Davis as a Mayflower descendant – but ignores her Stalinist political roots.
By Lloyd Billingsley
Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice.
The PBS website thus introduces Davis for the February 21 episode of “Finding Your Roots,” with Henry Louis Gates, headlined “And Still I Rise.” As the show revealed, Davis tenth great-grandfather was William Brewster, who was born in England in 1570 and came to America on the Mayflower.
“No, I can’t believe this,” said Davis. “My ancestors did not come here on the Mayflower. That’s a little bit too much to deal with right now.” Viewers did not learn of Davis’ dedication to other prominent white people, such as Karl Marx.
Angela Davis’ “community of struggle,” her “movement for social justice,” was the Communist Party USA, not mentioned in the glowing PBS introduction. Communism is based on the works of Karl Marx, who was born in 1818 and who lived until 1883, 20 years after Abraham Lincoln’s emancipation proclamation. In a July 30, 1862 letter to Engels, Marx puts forth his views on race.
“The Jewish n–ger Lassalle,” is leaving at the end of the week, and Marx is glad that Ferdinand Lassalle, founder of the social democratic movement in Germany, will soon be gone.
It is now quite plain to me — as the shape of his head and the way his hair grows also testify — that he is descended from the negroes who accompanied Moses’ flight from Egypt, unless his mother or paternal grandmother interbred with a nigger. Now, this blend of Jewishness and Germanness, on the one hand, and basic negroid stock, on the other, must inevitably give rise to a peculiar product. The fellow’s importunity is also nigger-like.
Marx partnered with Lenin to launch the Communist movement and Marxism-Leninism was the sole ideology of the Soviet Union, supposedly a workers’ paradise. Some blacks went there during the 1930s and in Black on Red: My 44 Years Inside the Soviet Union, Robert Robinson described the conditions.
Soviet racism toward blacks was,
worse than anything I recalled in the United States during the 1920s and without question worse than in the United States after the decade of the 1950s. Robinson was a skilled machinist and inventor but the Soviet Communists addressed letters to “Negro Robert Robinson.”
Communist Party USA member Angela Davis was so dedicated to this totalitarian dictatorship that in 1979 the USSR awarded her the Lenin Peace Prize. The following year, Davis ran for vice president of the United States with the Communist Party USA a wholly owned subsidiary of the Soviet Union. Davis and Hall made another bid in 1984, again losing to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
A black American woman, who styles herself a feminist, dedicates herself to an all-male, all-white Stalinist dictatorship, and runs for vice president of the United States with the political party founded and funded by that Communist regime. Viewers might think that a government-funded television network would mention those historical facts.
The PBS introduction says nothing of Davis’ Communist Party membership and her two runs for vice president. The social justice advocate is a “founding member of Critical Resistance” which deals with the “prison-industrial” complex. She did spend “eighteen months in jail and on trial after being placed on the FBI’s ‘Ten Most Wanted List,’” but no word of the reason.
As Matt McGregor explains in The Epoch Times, Davis was wanted by the FBI for “her alleged involvement in the armed seizure of a Marin County courthouse in California that left four people dead, including a judge.” Davis “purchased the guns used in the attack,” so her involvement wasn’t exactly “alleged.”
Davis comes billed as “a radical social justice Marxist and former member of the Black Panthers,” but nothing about her Lenin Peace Prize. Davis emerged “in California during the late 1960s as a prominent civil rights figure and a member of the Communist Party,” but nothing about her two runs for vice-president with the Communist Party USA under the white Stalinist Gus Hall.
As readers learn, “Davis has been a proponent of Critical Race Theory (CRT), a variation of a concept put forth by German philosopher Karl Marx called “Critical Theory,” which divides people between oppressors and the oppressed.” This focuses on the concept of “white supremacy” labelling “white people as the oppressors and all other races as the oppressed while blaming white people of today for slavery that took place in the past.” That’s Angela all over.
For Angela Davis, the nation founded by people who look like her ancestor William Bradford remains an evil, oppressive place. For Davis, America is basically worthless, except for her professorship at UC Santa Cruz in the “History of Consciousness,” except for her ten books and success on the lecture circuit, and except for her celebrity status and television appearances such as “Finding Your Roots” on PBS.
In those taxpayer-funded precincts, the Lenin Peace Prize winner and 1980-84 Communist Party candidate is “still on the rise,” and now outed as a Mayflower descendant. On the other hand, Davis is not the first to get a surprise on “Finding Your Roots.”
Professor Gates showed singer Carly Simon she was some 10 percent black through a pardo Cuban ancestor, the descendant of slaves. African American radio host Joe Madison learned that his great grandfather was a Confederate soldier who fought with Robert E. Lee, and married a black woman. When it comes to Americans’ actual DNA, the revelations can indeed be stunning.
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