.....Such as Angela Davis
By Steven Otto
Just recently I had a run in with some so called "friends" on my Facebook page that reminded me how much opposition goes along with the
"What makes you think I'm "buying into" pro-capitalist pundits? I'm a critical theorist with a great respect for Marx's works, and I abhor authoritarianism in any shape. Even if what you believe was true, Mao oversaw political attacks on his opposition, imprisoning and murdering them. He was a mass murderer. I'm going to believe those who survived his dictatorship, not those who seem to welcome it. I'm also going to believe survivors of Castro's regime, so many of whom are not pro-Batista. And survivors of Lenin's and Stalin's regimes. Dictatorships aren't to be celebrated.
They may have liked the theory, but they never lived by it. They fomented anger, ordered mass executions, committed ethnic cleansing and genocide, and they deserve no more love than Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco. Theory is hardly ever reality."
I had another gentleman who insisted, as did she, that both Mao and Staling were mass murderers. This is not uncommon. I get that from the right-wingers all the time, who like to rattle off the summation that Mao was intentionally more murderous than Hitler or Stalin. That off course, has been a common pronouncement by revisionist historians of the
In addition to all the accusations of human rights abuses in
Both Republicans and Democrats refuse to normalize relations with
I do try to hold discussions and debate with any of my so called friends who make an honest attempt to discuss my positions on Maoism or Chinese history. But when a friend tells me that they respect the Cuban gusanos (worms is what they are called by the Cuban who have stayed behind) who have left Cuba to try and help overthrow that system, and when that person equates, not just Stalin and Mao, but VI Lenin and other leftist leaders with Hitler, Mussolini and Francisco Franco of Spain, then there is no common ground left and I unfriended that person.
At times it is really difficult to be a Marxist, because the history of
That said, it is difficult to be any kind of Marxist-Leninist in the
The amazing thing about Angela Davis is that she is a Marxist-Leninist and her picture and quote is on the school wall. To become a famous civil rights leader as a Marxist-Leninist is no easy feat. There was a lot of prejudice against her. She had been fired from her job at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) over her political views:
At one point the government tried to include her in a murder case.
"On August 7th, 1970, seventeen year old Jonathan Jackson kidnapped Superior Court Judge Harold Haley from the
At one point she was on the FBI's 10 most wanted list as a dangerous criminal. All of this over the fact that she had become a member of the Communist Party USA. That party used to be the pro-Soviet party—a party which many of us on the left, considered to be revisionist. But I don't think that matters today. She had to go against the same prejudices that any Marxist ends up going through, just by being here in the
An example of the kinds of smears she was subjected to include these comments recorded by Wikipedia:
So, as with myself, she had to defend a position of support for a country, along with other countries, that even
Some of her past positions have been condemned by the established politicians, yet there are supporters for what she believes in today. For example:
At the same time as all this was going on,
Growing up, Angela attended black-only schools. She and her family were forced to ride in the back of buses, and were only able to enter the back door of different establishments in the community. This made her angry early on. Angela entered high school just as the civil rights movement was beginning. She left
During her junior year,
An Outspoken Activist
During college, Angela became interested in the Black Panther Party. She learned that this party had been formed in order to protect the African American community from experiencing brutality from the police. Angela was very interested in this movement and wanted to participate. Her work with the Black Panther party brought her further discrimination from males involved in the movement. They considered the work Angela was doing to be 'men's work'.
She was vary smart. However, she was forced to confront both racism and prejudice of her communist beliefs. Being a communist in the
"Hollywood Ten, in U.S. history, 10 motion-picture producers, directors, and screenwriters who appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee in October 1947, refused to answer questions regarding their possible affiliations, and, after spending time in prison for contempt of Congress, were mostly blacklisted by the Hollywood studios. The 10 were Alvah Bessie, Herbert Biberman, Lester Cole, Edward Dmytryk, Ring Lardner, Jr., John Howard Lawson, Albert Maltz, Samuel Ornitz, Adrian Scott, and Dalton Trumbo."
So I'm not surprised to see a lot of prejudice beliefs against those of us who have chosen any type of Marxist-Leninism. At times those governments were not always fair or democratic. But they have been an alternative to the horrible governments of the
As I have told people here in the
So I will continue on and try and produce an important blog that brings people real and believable news of the world around us. I get nearly 800 to 1000 hits a month on that blog. I'd say we are doing something right.