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Black history poster honors FBI most wanted communist murderer

By Ronald Radosh - Special to The Washington Times
The Jury isn’t out on Angela Davis the Black radical is among honorees on D.C. court wall.
Potential jurors reporting for jury duty in the D.C. Superior Court building
have of late been passing a photo exhibit celebrating renowned black
women in a series of posters, each featuring portraits of trailblazers
exemplifying greatness in their respective fields.Included among
the posters, hung for Black History Month on the walls outside the
jurors’ lounge, is one in which the D.C. courts — the federally funded
judicial branch of the D.C. government — honor eight “Black Women Paving the Way to Greatness in Politics.”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.On Aug. 7, 1970, a black 17-year-old named Jonathan Jackson, toting a small arsenal of guns, entered the courtroom of Judge Harold Haley, where convict James McClain was facing murder charges in the death of a prison guard. Brandishing a gun, Jackson halted the proceedings and then armed McClain, after which they together armed two other convicts, who’d been called as witnesses in the case. Jackson and the three freed prisoners then took Judge Haley, the prosecutor and three female jurors hostage, bargaining chips in their effort to force the release from prison of older brother George Jackson, an armed robber who also was under indictment on murder charges in the death of another prison guard.A career criminal turned Black Panther prison organizer, George Jackson
was the author of “Soledad Brother,” a collection of his militant
prison letters. The abductors fled with their hostages — Judge Haley
now with a sawed-off shotgun taped under his chin, the others bound
with piano wire — in a waiting van. They didn’t get far before reaching a
police roadblock, where a shootout erupted, leaving Judge Haley, Jonathan Jackson and two other kidnappers dead, the prosecutor paralyzed for life and a juror wounded.It was quickly established that Angela Davis had purchased at least two of the guns used in the deadly attack, including the shotgun that killed Judge Haley,
which she had bought two days earlier and which was then sawed off.
California law considered anyone complicit in commission of a crime a
principal. As a result, Marin County Superior Judge Peter Smith charged Ms. Davis with “aggravated kidnapping and first-degree murder” and issued an arrest warrant for her. Instead of surrendering for trial, Ms. Davis went into hiding. She was captured by the FBI almost three months later at a Howard Johnson motel on 10th Avenue in the heart of New York City.Ms. Davis
claimed that she was innocent, and her case became a cause celebre, as
the international communist movement bankrolled her defense and
organized a worldwide movement to “Free Angela.”
Eventually, she was acquitted in 1972, despite her proven ownership of
the murder weapons and a cache of letters she wrote to George Jackson
in prison expressing her passionate romantic feelings for him and
unambivalent solidarity with his commitment to political violence.As in the O.J. Simpson trial, however, many remained convinced of the defendant’s guilt despite the jury’s verdict. Ms. Davis
was acquitted, wrote author and ex-radical David Horowitz for his Front
Page website, “in part because of the difficulty the prosecution had in
establishing in court the real connections between Davis and Jackson,
and in part because the jury was stacked with political sympathizers
like Mary Timothy, an anti-Vietnam [War] activist,” who, according to
Mr. Horowitz, would later become the “love interest” of Bettina
Aptheker, a prominent Communist Party activist and organizer of the
National United Committee to Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners.There is a further irony in the homage to Ms. Davis‘ “greatness” displayed for jurors in the D.C. Courthouse, the scene of people tried for actual crimes who might go to prison: Ms. Davis
is these days a driving force in the prison-abolition movement and
founder of a group called Critical Resistance, which is dedicated to
smashing what she calls “the prison-industrial complex.”Ms. Davis
holds that any black serving a prison sentence in the United States is
in reality a “political prisoner,” whatever offense they may have
committed. In her lexicon, those convicted are only victims of “masked
racism.” As she wrote in 1998, the poverty in which blacks are
“ensconced” causes them to be “grouped together under the category
‘crime’ and by the automatic attribution of criminal behavior to people
of color.” The purpose of prison, in her eyes, is simply to “disappear”
people who come from “poor, immigrant and racially marginalized
communities.”Ms. Davis
imputes to the American ruling class what she terms “racial assumptions
of criminality,” which enable the nation to lock up the innocent under a
veneer of legality and “disappear the major social problems of our
time.” As she explains, most people “have been tricked into believing in
the efficacy of imprisonment,” even though “prisons do not work.” Ms. Davis
envisions linking her struggle against this “complex” with other
“strands of resistance” to build a new “powerful movement for social
transformation.”In the D.C. Courthouse, as juror selection takes
place, lawyers for both sides daily strive to winnow out even subtle
biases that could impinge on a jury’s impartial hearing of trial
evidence. With her blanket dismissal of evidence as irrelevant in trials
of (automatically innocent) minority defendants, Ms. Davis indicts the entire American legal system as a rigged farce.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?

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. Ms. Davis has denied the claim.Is Angela Davis,
one must ask the federally funded D.C. Courts, really the kind of
person to honor in their halls of justice as an esteemed person of color
for jurors in the nation’s capital to emulate and look up to?• Ronald Radosh is an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute and a columnist for PJ Media.

Added: Mar-12-2012 Occurred On: Mar-12-2012
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