With the exception of Condoleezza Rice, these are all left wing women, but most are valid trailblazers in their own right.
Angela Davis, however, has an outrageously radical history that should not be celebrated anywhere near a place where the rule of law is respected. I’d like to know who came up with the idea to include her among this list of women being honored for “paving the way to greatness in politics” on a poster hung in the D.C. Superior Court building for Black History month.
The Washington Times has the story:
One might quibble with some of the choices, but most of them are women who indeed deserved to be celebrated. They include: Shirley Chisholm, the first black congresswoman and the first black woman who sought to run for president; Carol Moseley Braun, the first black female U.S. senator; former National Security Council adviser and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the first black female to hold both offices; Patricia Roberts Harris, the first black female Cabinet secretary, U.S. ambassador and law school dean; and our current first lady, Michelle Obama.
One of these personifications of “greatness,” however, comes as a shock, especially in the context of a court of law. It is none other than Angela Davis, a black activist who came to prominence in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party U.S.A. and the radical black group the Black Panther Party. Ms. Davis was such a high profile communist in the latter days of the Cold War that she was awarded the so-called “Lenin Peace Prize,” given to her in a Moscow ceremony by Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev himself.
Of course, Ms. Davis, too, was a trailblazer in her own way.
She was the second black woman to make the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. She earned that distinction as a fugitive wanted on murder and kidnapping charges stemming from her role in a notorious attack on a courtroom in Marin County in California.
Continue reading as former radical, Ronald Radosh looks back on her involvement in that murder, how she was able to beat the rap, and her role as a driving force in the “prison abolition” movement.
Radosh asks, “did it occur to anyone in the D.C. court system that honoring her for the benefit of its jury pools might send a mixed message?”
Last month, Davis endorsed Occupy Oakland’s National Occupy Day in support of “political prisoners” , which she defines as “any black serving a prison sentence in the United States”:
On March 1, she spoke at OccupyOakland’s Occupy4Prisoners Lecture at Grand Lake Theater, in Oakland California.
Here is video footage of Angela Davis giving one of the opening speeches on the morning of November 2, 2011. Occupy Oakland’s “General Strike” disrupted banks and shut down evening operations at one of the nation’s busiest shipping ports.
According to Radosh:
While Ms. Davis proudly wore the badge of political prisoner, and applies it to any black person who is held in prison, even when she was awaiting trial she steadfastly backed the imprisonment of Soviet political dissidents, whom she called common criminals. When Russian tanks and troops intervened in Czechoslovakia in 1968, she proudly defended the Soviet invasion. Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn told the AFL-CIO in 1975 that given her own campaign on behalf of her freedom, it was more than hypocritical for her to oppose an appeal made to her for freedom by Czech dissidents.
Again – I want to know who is responsible for putting this woman’s Commie mug on a poster among women being honored for “paving the way for political greatness.”
There is nothing great about Angela Davis’ political accomplishments. At least not coming from the point of view of most Americans. And by most – I mean anyone to the right of Malcolm X, Malik Zulu Shabazz, Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, and Professor Derrick Bell.