Among the many visiting “scholars” supposedly showering wisdom upon inquiring, young minds at our colleges and universities these days are unrepentant communists/terrorists Angela Davis and Oscar Lopez Rivera.
Angela Davis (shown) is to be the honored guest and featured speaker at New York University’s Skirball Talks, on November 5, where she will address the topic of “Politics & Aesthetics in the Era of Black Lives Matter.” For those New York students and activists who just can’t wait for Comrade Angela, there’s Comrade Oscar Lopez Rivera, who will be appearing nearby on Long Island, at Hofsta University’s Center for Civic Engagement. He will be discussing "The Myth of a Freely Chosen Status: Puerto Rico's Future in the Wake of 'PROMESA' and Hurricane Maria."
The NYU Skirball promo for Davis asks, “What are the different tools for combating racism today, after Obama’s presidency and the backlash of the Trump regime? What do the tools of struggle and emancipation look like, and do aesthetics play a role?” The answer: “Please join us as activist, scholar and writer Angela Davis discusses politics & aesthetics in the era of Black Lives Matter.”
“Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world,” says the NYU website. “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 Skirball promotional continues with her academic credentials, providing an eye-opening view into just how pervasive deeply entrenched is the subversion in academia. It glowingly reports: “Professor Davis’ teaching career has taken her to San Francisco State University, Mills College, and UC Berkeley. She also has taught at UCLA, Vassar, Syracuse University the Claremont Colleges, and Stanford University. Most recently she spent fifteen years at the University of California Santa Cruz where she is now Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness — an interdisciplinary Ph.D program — and of Feminist Studies.” And, of course, she is a highly sought speaker on many other campuses.
According to the Skirball admen, Davis “draws upon her own experiences in the early seventies as a person who spent eighteen months in jail and on trial, after being placed on the FBI’s ‘Ten Most Wanted List.’ She also has conducted extensive research on numerous issues related to race, gender and imprisonment.... Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Queensland, Australia that works in solidarity with women in prison.”
Not mentioned in Davis’s Skirball vita are some pertinent facts, such as:
• She is an alum of the Little Red Schoolhouse (preK-12), the notorious institution founded a century ago (1921) by lesbian revolutionist Elizabeth Irwin as a nursery school for communists and “progressives.” Some of its other famous alums include Weather Underground and Black Liberation Army terrorist/murderess/robber Kathy Boudin (now a professor at New York’s Columbia University); publisher emeritus of the far-left magazine The Nation Victor Navasky (also a professor at Columbia); and the increasingly unhinged, aging Hollywood icon Robert De Niro.
• Davis has been a lifelong friend of Communist Party leader Bettina Aptheker, since childhood, and was a frequent house guest of Bettina and her father, Herbert Aptheker, who was the theoretician of the Communist Party USA.
• In 1962, while a college student, she traveled to Helsinki, Finland, to attend the Soviet-front World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS). In 1973, she attended the WFYS in communist East Germany as a speaker, alongside Soviet-sponsored PLO terrorist leader Yasser Arafat.
• She was mentored by radical Marxist professor Herbert Marcuse.
• When Soviet tanks rolled into Czechoslovakia to crush freedom in 1968, Davis supported the Soviet oppressors and joined the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), a Moscow-funded-and-controlled apparatus.
• In 1969, she was a member of a Communist Party delegation received by Fidel Castro in Cuba.
• In 1970, more than 20 witnesses provided testimony concerning her key role in the attempted spectacular courthouse jailbreak at the trial of her lover and Black Panther Party comrade George Jackson. Her three Black Panther cohorts and the judge who was taken hostage were killed; the prosecutor and a juror were wounded. Davis had bought the weapons they used and delivered them to her compadres. That’s how she got on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List” mentioned lightly in the Skirball promo.
• While awaiting her trial, the Communist Party USA and communist parties throughout the world launched a “Free Angela Davis” movement presenting her as a victim of racism and American imperialism.
• Her attorney was John Abt, general counsel for the CPUSA and one of the nation’s leading Reds. He successfully stacked the jury with Davis sympathizers, including one who triumphantly flashed the communist clenched fist salute when she was found not guilty. Most of the jurors joined Davis at a victory party afterwards. Like Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers, she got off “free as a bird.”
• Following her acquittal, in 1972, Davis went on a worldwide communist-sponsored speaking tour, which included Communist Cuba. She returned from Cuba declaring, "Only under socialism could the fight against racism be successfully executed."
• On May 1, 1979 (May Day — the great Communist holiday) Davis was awarded the “Lenin Peace Prize” by the Soviet Union.
• She was a supporter of Jim Jones and his communist, kool-aid-drinking, suicide cult, the People’s Temple.
• In 1980 and 1984, Davis ran as the vice-presidential candidate of the CPUSA.
• In 1991, Davis and other top CPUSA officials broke away from the Party to form a competing organization, the Committees of Correspondence. It was not an ideological break; she has remained a steadfast communist ever since.
• Expanding her revolutionary repertoire from racism, feminism, and anti-imperialism, she has, in more recent years embraced lesbianism and LGBTQ issues. Together with fellow lesbian Bettina Aptheker, she has made the University of California at Santa Cruz, where they are both professors, a mecca for revolutionary lesbian studies.
Angela Davis has been lionized in song by John Lennon, the Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan, and has been presented to several generations as an heroic exemplar by the popular media as well as the black studies, women’s studies, LGBTQ studies, Latin American studies, and Indigenous Peoples’ studies departments at most institutions of so-called higher learning.
As we reported in 2014 (“Rioting for a Reason: Civil Unrest and Political Opportunity”), the founders of Black Lives Matter (BLM) cite Angela Davis and her bank robber/terrorist/murderess/fugitive compadre JoAnne Chesimard (aka Assata Shakur, a guest in communist Cuba) as their inspiration. “The co-creators of the #BlackLivesMatter slogan that has suddenly appeared on posters, T-Shirts, Tweets, and protest banners,” we noted, “are Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi, three far-left, black, feminist activists who idolize communist terrorist revolutionaries Assata Shakur and Angela Davis, as well as the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Movement.”
In the same article, we detailed the BLM trio’s extensive Marxist-communist ties and note that is typical Davis-Chesimard style, “Garza, Cullors, and Tometi, who identify themselves as ‘queer Black women,’ are given to ranting against an irredeemable America that they condemn for alleged ‘genocide,’ ‘racism,’ ‘anti-blackness,’ ‘hetero-patriarchy,’ and ‘oppression.’”
NYU’s Karl Marx Festival
It’s not surprising that NYU Skirball is presenting Angela Davis, since it has declared a two-week Karl Marx Festival October 17-28.
NYU Skirball says it is promoting this extended event as a “two-week commemoration of the great philosopher’s 200th birthday.” Here’s more from Skirball as to the rationale for the Marx extravaganza:
Karl Marx (1818–83), revolutionary economist, philosopher and author of The Communist Manifesto, was one of the most influential figures of all time. Curated by Jay Wegman and inspired by Marxist writings on the perils of capitalism, class struggle and socialism, the festival features works that represent aspects of Marx’s theories: P Project (the effects of capitalism); Brujx (the oppression of the proletariat) and Non-Western (economics). Special events include panels, talks by international philosophers and the premiere of Choral Marx, a choral adaptation of Marx’s Manifesto.
It’s easy to see why many critics refer to the NYU talks program as Screwball. But that misrepresents the gravity of the situation. When we think of “screwball,” we think of someone or something that is strange, silly, or even comical. This is far beyond that; it is patently dangerous — and subversive. And the taxpayers are funding it. The NYU Skirball website informs us: “The Skirball Talks series is made possible in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.”
Yes, Governor Andrew Cuomo, the very same who recently condemned President Trump and the New York Metropolitan GOP when Antifa thugs attacked a Republican event at which Gavin McInnes of the Proud Boys was speaking. That’s right, the communist Antifa thugs (yes, they are communists, the equivalent of Hitler’s Brown Shirts and Mao’s Red Guards, see here and here), are free to wreak havoc on Cuomo's watch, but conservatives — or the vast majority of normal Americans, of whatever political leaning — are not allowed to speak or express themselves in the public sphere if their thoughts diverge from the new Orwellian orthodoxy, which is being enforced by politically protected masked hoodlums.
Hofstra: More Terrorists-R-Us
As with NYU Skirball’s description of Angela Davis, Hofstra University’s honoring of Oscar Lopez Rivera as a “Puerto Rican independence leader and former political prisoner,” is beyond ludicrous. He is an unrepentant terrorist who is continuing the violent communist revolution he has unwaveringly supported since initiating a terrorist bombing spree decades ago. The Hofstra promoters of the “Civic Day of Engagement” describe his talk thusly:
Featuring Puerto Rican independence leader and former political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera, whose 55-year sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama in 2017 as one of his last acts in office. Lopez Rivera, who spent 35-years in prison for "seditious conspiracy," has been described as the "Nelson Mandela of Puerto Rico" and is seen as a hero for many Puerto Ricans. He will discuss the state of the independence movement in the context of the island's ongoing financial crisis and the devastating impact last year's storm has had on the Puerto Rican people. A collaboration between The Center for Civic Engagement, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) Program, the Center for "Race," Culture and Social Justice, and the Hofstra University Cultural Center.
Angela Davis, Oscar Lopez Rivera, Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Bettina Aptheker, Michael Klonsky, Kathy Boudin, etc. Just another typical day at Red Academia, i.e. virtually any college or university in America. The communists’ “long march through the institutions” has rendered our colleges and universities almost completely enemy occupied territory. It will continue to go from very bad to even worse, unless the taxpayers revolt and refuse to fund these toxic institutions.
Photo of Angela Davis: AP Images