By Chiefs Anye and Mase
Recently, well-known demokkkratic party fed, scholar, and “revolutionary” Angela Davis keynoted the 18th Annual Rodney Project Symposium with a discussion around “strategies for creating a true democracy.” As questionable of a topic as that is, it wouldn’t be the first questionable decision for someone who has spent their entire life hiding in the shadow and riding the coattails of true revolutionaries and their movements.
Instead of doing anything materially for their people, many online “revolutionaries” and organizations spend much of their day simping for and/or defending Angela Davis from criticism around her true intentions and involvement in the revolutionary movement. Our Principles of Unity state that all colonized people are equal, meaning being an elder or being in the “struggle” for a minute does not exclude or protect you from criticism. Especially when that criticism revolves around you being a SELL-OUT, and it is for this selloutism that Black Hammer has been said; F**k Angela Davis.
Angela Davis was not a Black Panther.
Angela Davis’ career as an activist—not a revolutionary—has always been centered on receiving a check from the colony. Activism tied to educating within the white power education structure is sell-out activism and not revolutionary behavior whatsoever. Her involvement in the Black Panther Party was the tiniest act of class suicide where, while working as a philosophy lecturer at UCLA, she offered some free political classes to the Los Angeles chapter of the party. That, with a little bit of vocal support sprinkled in, was all she had to offer—which again is the bare minimum.
Despite this vocal support, Davis would later turn around and accuse the Black Panther Party of rampant misogyny, despite it being the only revolutionary movement with non-man leadership with leaders such as Elaine Brown. She made these remarks despite the party’s immediate support of the Stonewall Uprising and revolutionaries such as Marsh P. Johnson. Ironic considering Angela was heavily involved in the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), which only had white male leadership.
Davis’ mistaken association with the Black Panther Party is likely a result of her association with the Soledad Brothers and specifically her romance with George Jackson. She has always seen herself as a scholar of prison abolition, and in the late 60s, early 70s became involved in the case of the Soledad Brothers. Davis soon fell in love with Jackson and his spirit of resistance. The two would begin to exchange love letters until Jackson’s death in 1971 during an escape attempt and prison uprising at San Quentin State Prison.
A year before, George Jackson’s brother, Jonathan, burst into the Marin County courthouse, freed three political prisoners, James McClain, William A. Christmas, and Ruchell Magee—taking the judge, a district attorney, and three jurors hostage and demanding the release of the Soledad Brothers. He did so with weapons provided by none other than Davis herself. Unfortunately, the feds were oddly prepared for this plot and were waiting outside for Jackson and shot up the van Jackson and his comrades were escaping in. Jonathan Jackson, the judge, and two of the three escapees died. Magee was the only one to survive and is still currently being held as a political prisoner in California.
Angela Davis would later face charges around supplying the weapons for Jonathan Jackson, being charged with conspiracy, kidnapping, and murder. She even found herself on the FBI’s most-wanted list after turning fugitive. After many campaigns centered around her freedom, she would eventually go to trial for said charges and was acquitted. Supposedly because Jonathan Jackson was also her bodyguard and the state could not prove she provided the weapons specifically for the escape attempt—even though the weapons were purchased days before.
It is important to lay this out. If the feds legitimately saw Angela Davis as a threat, would they not have pinned this attack on her to keep her locked up for the rest of her life as they did with Ruchell Magee? Also, how were the feds so prepared for this? It seems a little more than a coincidence that she was the only one involved not to face the full wrath of the state. Not saying she’s a snitch, but if she wasn’t, wouldn’t the feds, at some point over the past five decades, attempt to paint her as one to try to smear her name? If she is a snitch, would they not have an interest in protecting her name in the media? Her career arc after the events seems to match up more with the latter.
After being acquitted on the charges, Davis immediately returned to her life in colonial academia and distanced herself from the Panthers and other radical African movements at the time. She spent the rest of her career capitalizing on the fame from her involvement in the action at the courthouse. She continues to travel to different events and colleges to give pro-democracy talks and, of course, is charging huge fees of $20,000-$30,000 to do so.
She has also since started capping for the democratic party endorsing war criminals like the kkklintons, barack obomber, and most recently, dementia joe biden. She even stated that barack “identifies with the black radical tradition” completely ignoring that he has more colonized blood on his hand than any African person in the history of the world. Not surprising that she’s capping for electoralism, considering she ran as vice president twice in the 1980s.
The selloutism of Angela only deepens as she gets older. Even beyond exploiting her involvement in the radical African movement of the 70s for speaking engagements and book deals, she has journeyed into the fashion industry. Yes, Angela Davis has a clothing line.
In late 2020, Davis teamed up with one of the many irrelevant fashion brands in LA to make her “Heroes of Blackness” collection. A collection that exploits the images of past African radicals for profit – with a small percentage of these profits going towards organizations asking for the liberal demands of police reform.
Look at what the state has done to revolutionaries like Assata Shakur and others, forced to live their lives in exile, in captivity, or even dead. Why is it Angela Davis is the one who gets to sit cozily in her California mansion until old age?
Elders ain’t above Criticism and Self-Criticism.
Selloutism and clout chasing aren’t qualities beholden to Angela Davis alone—just look at Bobby Rush, John Lewis, and Bobby Seale, to name a few—and are types of liberalism that Black Hammer calls out unabashed and unapologetically as corrosive to the revolution and the struggle to liberate all Colonized people.
Like our revolutionary ancestors have taught us, criticism and self-criticism are our tools as revolutionaries to militantly attack anything that keeps the masses from overturning colonialism and achieving dictatorship over their land, lives, labor, and resources within ourselves, our comrades, and the people. Mao tells us,
“To let things slide for the sake of peace and friendship when a person has clearly gone wrong, and refrain from principled argument because he is an old acquaintance, a fellow townsman, a schoolmate, a close friend, a loved one, an old colleague or old subordinate. Or to touch on the matter lightly instead of going into it thoroughly, so as to keep on good terms. The result is that both the organization and the individual are harmed. This is one type of liberalism.”
That goes for letting criticisms slide for the sake of peace with elders too. You being old and having been in the “struggle” for a minute gives you no right to sell out the 7 billion Colonized people who are being oppressed, exploited, and genocided. And in this case, as with any, an elder deserves just as sharp a criticism as any neo-colonial sellout and clout chaser because falling ill to this liberalness is to spread an ideology straight from the mouth of massa that will lead to another 600 years of oppression and genocide for our people so you can individually enjoy the comforts of the colony. Black Hammer says f*ck peace if our people aren’t free.
Liberation for the masses is the only goal for a revolutionary, and that ain’t gonna come from chasing a check from the colony with your book tours, speeches, clothing lines, and liberal politics. It comes from class suicide and a revolutionary political line, one that understands the material root of all Colonized people’s problems as colonialism and organizes to overturn that through Colonized leadership, unity, and revolution.
Even elders we once thought of as revolutionaries aren’t free from criticism once they show their true, individualistic colonial colors like Bobby Seale. Another sellout like Angela, who is stealing the Colonized masses’ money not to help organize and liberate our people but to line his own pockets at the expense of further genocide of Colonized people under this hell of a system. Don’t worry, Bobby; we got a whole piece coming for your sellout ass too.
So for all the demokkkratic party-feds out there, stop your individualistic dreams and desires of wanting to be seen and acknowledged as intelligentsia within the colony. Stop collecting crumbs from massa with your book tours, speeches, and clothing lines for a life of comfort, and damn it be self-critical for selling out the 7 billion Colonized masses to further genocide and commit class suicide because elders have the same responsibility as everyone else.
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