1 Cliff Kincaid President, America s Survival, Inc. Director, Accuracy in Media Center for Investigative Journalism January 30, 2017 President Sharon L. Gaber, Ph.D The University of Toledo 2801 W. Bancroft Toledo, OH Dear Dr. Gaber: As a UT alumnus, I wish to register my shock and disappointment over the scheduled February 4, 2017, appearance at the University of Toledo of unrepentant communist Angela Davis, as part of a one-sided official Black History Month event. Davis was a defender of the murderous and oppressive slave labor system that existed in the old Soviet Union and its client states. She won the Lenin Peace Prize and traveled to the USSR and Communist East Germany. Although she now claims to be a democratic socialist, she never disavowed her service to the international communist movement and still denounces capitalist exploitation, another indication that she is still a Marxist. In 1949, Jackie Robinson, the first black player in baseball, testified before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in opposition to communist manipulation of blacks. He said, We can win our fight without the Communists and we don t want their help. Richard Wright, author of the classic texts Black Boy and Native Son, was a prominent black American author who joined the Communist Party but then became disillusioned by the party s corruption and authoritarianism, and left it in He wrote an essay published in Atlantic Monthly in 1944 called I Tried to Be a Communist, which was later reprinted (with Wright s permission) in the book, The God That Failed, a collection of anti-communist essays by ex-communists.
2 Angela Davis joined the Communist Party USA and was a Vice Presidential candidate on the Communist Party USA ticket. She may no longer be a member, but is still a Marxist. At the recent women s march in Washington, D.C., Davis expressed her happiness over the commutation of the prison sentences of transgender traitor Bradley/Chelsea Manning and Puerto Rican FALN terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera. We celebrate the impending release of Chelsea Manning, she said, and Oscar Lopez Rivera. But we also say free Leonard Peltier. Free Mumia Abu-Jamal. Free Assata Shakur. Peltier killed two FBI agents, while Abu-Jamal and Assata Shakur are convicted cop-killers. Shakur fled to Cuba and is living under the protection of that communist regime. The FALN claimed responsibility for over 140 bombings in the U.S., including an attack on New York City s Fraunces Tavern in 1975, which killed four people. Fraunces Tavern bombing Under separate cover I have requested UT documents regarding the cost of bringing a defender of communist oppression and murder to the campus in the name of celebrating Black History Month. I believe students, alumni and taxpayers have a right to know how much this propaganda spectacle is going to cost and what officials were involved in the decision to bring this despicable human being to UT. I graduated from UT in 1978, after being editorial director of The Collegian and winning an editorial writing award from the Society of Professional Journalists. I came to Washington, D.C. and became a journalist and media critic. In 1983 I visited East Berlin, then under Communist control, and reported on the presence of the Berlin Wall that was designed to keep people in. I visited the Checkpoint Charlie Museum with exhibits showing how people tried to escape from the East to the West. I saw the Wall and the East German guards with machine guns on top of it. I wrote the following article for Human Events newspaper:
3 However, Davis is advertised on the UT website as activist, scholar, professor, and author, with no mention of her dedication to a philosophy that has, according to the Black Book of Communism, been responsible for 100 million dead. Why the cover-up? Would UT feature a proponent of a Nazi or Ku Klux Klan point of view? In contrast to President John F. Kennedy, who said, Ich bin ein Berliner, or, I am a Berliner, to show his support for freedom, Angela Davis was on the communist side. Kennedy at the Berlin Wall (right) At a time when the U.S. needs to unite and come together, having a communist to celebrate Black History Month is wrong and divisive. Having her appearance announced at the website of the University of Toledo Office for diversity and inclusion undermines the whole notion of diversity and inclusion, for she is the only listed speaker and no opposing view is being presented. I am sure the people of the Toledo area will be interested in knowing that a proponent of the philosophy of communism is being featured at UT, where she can have an impact on impressionable young minds denied the facts about her real agenda. I hope the Collegian can cover this fiasco and tell the truth about Davis and her comrades.
4 At the women s march, she said, The next 1,459 days of the Trump administration will be 1,459 days of resistance: resistance on the ground, resistance in the classrooms, resistance on the job, resistance in our art and in our music. (emphasis added). Is this the purpose of the Davis appearance -- to generate opposition to President Trump in the classrooms? The taxpayers of Northwest Ohio and the state of Ohio as a whole might be interested in that, since Trump carried Ohio, and Trump made three visits to Toledo. Here s how the Blade highlighted Trump s win: Roger Kimball, the editor and publisher of the New Criterion and president and publisher of Encounter Books, wrote: She [Davis] once supported the Soviet invasions of Czechoslovakia and Afghanistan while refusing to speak up for political prisoners in socialist countries. Now she champions the Occupy and Black Lives Matter movements and derides the police and capitalist West, mouthing radical slogans that, if acted upon, would destroy the civilization that coddles her. Here is a screen capture of Davis in Moscow (from an AP archive video) receiving the Lenin Peace Prize in She is being hugged by a Soviet official. Notice the bust of Lenin in the background: Source:
5 Speaking in Moscow, Davis, who had been on the FBI s Ten Most Wanted Fugitive List, applauded her totalitarian hosts: It is an expressibly [sic] wonderful feeling to be on the soil of the Soviet Union. Had it not been for the international campaign waged throughout the world, particularly in the Socialist countries and in the Soviet Union, I am certain I would never have been released from prison. She is referring to her alleged involvement in a bloody courtroom kidnapping committed by her bodyguard Jonathan Jackson, the younger brother of her incarcerated lover, George Jackson. A judge was kidnapped from the courthouse and murdered; 17-year old Jonathan Jackson was killed. George Jackson later died. Davis went on trial in 1972, after she had achieved the status of a rock star, thanks to Soviet propaganda, and beat the murder rap. Today, Davis is also involved in the struggle against Israeli apartheid, as her comrades describe it. So now we re confronted with the task of assisting our sisters and brothers in Palestine, as they battle against Israeli apartheid, she says. This involves the so-called BDS (boycotts, divestment, and sanctions) economic warfare campaign against Israel. Jewish students tend to be targets in these campaigns and have been threatened and assaulted. I discuss this anti-israel movement on college campuses in my book on higher education, Marxist Madrassas.
6 I noticed that the University of Toledo Students for Justice in Palestine (UT-SJP) has a Facebook entry about an anti-israel event called Israeli Apartheid Week. This is very troubling:. One of the above photos shows the acronym, PLO, a reference to the Sovietsponsored Palestine Liberation Movement against Israel. The Soviets established the Palestine Liberation Organization as a key part of the Soviet Union s strategic approach to world revolution, especially control of the Middle East. So-called apartheid walls have appeared on some campuses to confront Jewish students walking to religious services. Andrew Pessin, Professor of Philosophy at Connecticut College and Campus Bureau Editor of The Algemeiner, gives a lecture on Campus Anti-Zionism s Assault on Free Speech and the University, and says pro-israel voices on campus are being silenced. It is so bad that the Anti-Defamation League has published: This photo from the UT group s Twitter page shows members of the group congratulating themselves over a BDS motion that passed student government. Angela Davis also believes in abolishing prisons. She is the author of Are Prisons Obsolete?, a book arguing that criminals are victims of capitalist society. One of her latest favorite causes is animal rights.
7 Here is a copy of one of the CPUSA brochures when she was on the CPUSA ticket opposing the presidency of Ronald Reagan. The Communist Party USA was a Soviet-funded pawn of Moscow and supplied agents for intelligence activities against the U.S. Government and society. I have also included a copy of the cover of an official investigation of the CPUSA that described its sponsorship and funding by Moscow:
8 Here is a picture of Davis meeting with the top Communist in then-communist East Germany, Erich Honecker. Davis also received an honorary degree from the Karl Marx University of Leipzig. I still have a copy of a book I obtained in West Berlin titled It Happened at the Wall. Among the stories that are told is how an East Germany family constructed a hot air balloon and made their way into West Germany. Freedom versus communism is an important debate to have. Unfortunately, the official UT Black History Month event does not present both sides. The students deserve better; they deserve the truth. Sincerely, Cliff Kincaid