Some of the far left have been swooning with excitment over the visit of Angela Davis to NZ. So who is Angela Davis?
Well she is the ideal unimpeachable minority as a female African-American lesbian communist. That by itself must make her a hero.
But hold on a second you say. Is she really a communist, or are you placing that label on her?
Well the fact she stood for as the Communist Party candidate for Vice-President of the United States means we can probably be reassured she is or at least was a communist. And we are not talking back in the 1950s but in 1980 and 1984. And up until 1987 the US Communist Party was funded by Moscow with an annual US$3 million a year or so.
But hold on again you say? Maybe she was one of those good nice communists? The ones who stood up to the Stalinist empire? Well not according to Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn:
According to Solzhenitsyn, a group of Czech dissidents “addressed an appeal to her: `Comrade Davis, you were in prison. You know how unpleasant it is to sit in prison, especially when you consider yourself innocent. You have such great authority now. Could you help our Czech prisoners? Could you stand up for those people in Czechoslovakia who are being persecuted by the state?’ Angela Davis answered: ‘They deserve what they get. Let them remain in prison.’”
Her specialist area is prisons. She has a simple solution. She wants them abolished. Yep. So is this now official Green party policy?
Liberty Scott blogs on Davis also.Tags: International Politics