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Angela Davis is the wrong speaker for FW schools | Letters

Is Angela Davis really the right type of speaker for Federal Way?

We have a unique opportunity here in Federal Way to embrace and appreciate the ethnic and cultural diversities of people from all around the world. I love diversity and have spent a good part of my life investigating the cultures, religions and lives of people everywhere.

When in Europe in 1967, I had the opportunity to go behind the iron curtain into East Berlin, before the wall was taken down. I was amazed at the differences in the two Berlins. West Berlin was full of life and color. East Berlin was gray and black everywhere...and lifeless.

As I later visited other countries and met thousands of students immigrating to America during my years of teaching, one thing has become very clear. Students and families come to America for greater opportunity. They come to the United States, as people always have, for liberty, freedom, safety and the tremendous possibilities to be found here. They come to the U.S. for a better education, training and the opportunity to reach their highest potentials and realize the dreams that only a truly free country can provide.

Federal Way Public Schools recently invited Angela Davis to speak as an "intercultural" representative for the price of $2,500, offering credit hours to teachers who attended and inviting the public. Dr. Davis teaches the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and was previously hired to teach Marxism by UCLA immediately following her release from prison for being a communist, teaching communism, and for her involvement in extremely radical political activities, including the murder of judge Harold Haley.

She told us when she spoke Oct. 16 that she "could not separate her political views from teaching or her life." They were one and the same. She spoke to us of "white supremacists" and referred to our Founding Fathers as such. In 1968, when she joined the Communist Party, she stated that "the only path of liberation for the black people is that which leads toward complete and radical overthrow of the capitalist class."  She remained a member of the communist party until she was expelled in 1991 for opposing the coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. She then formed the "Committees of Correspondence" to carry on the communist mission with other professors and party members.

In 1979, Davis was awarded the International Lenin Peace Prize (formerly named the International Stalin Peace Prize) by communist East Germany. This was given to people who advanced the agendas of the Kremlin and its totalitarian regime. Dr. Davis is an unrepentant Marxist. It is who she proudly is. And that is what she teaches...to our teachers, to our children, to everyone. She does not teach about communism, she teaches communism. Marxism represents the antithesis of liberty, the American Republic and the free market economic system which, if left to work unfettered, can provide the possibility of infinite opportunity for everyone. And that is why people flock to America.

Socialism/Communism/Marxism/Leninism can not do that. Proponents of such are not representatives of diversity, they are representatives of "subversity." They are proposing the downfall of a free America.

When former Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver fled America due to murder charges, he spent time in Algeria, the Soviet Union and Cuba. He learned quickly that true Marxism-Leninism was nothing like the revolutionary ideals he espoused. He returned to the states and became a dedicated political conservative, even campaigning for Ronald Reagan.

People come to America because she stands for liberty and freedom for all people. People come to America because she is America and not a communist nation.

Ms. Davis appears unfamiliar with the principles of freedom America stands for, yet can promote her causes because of them and is certainly prospering by them. If we would like to have a well known African American person or people of other nationalities or backgrounds speak to us, let's choose those who understand the true vision and purpose for America and will help our children, our teachers and our citizens understand it as well.

We need presenters who will teach us about the striking, essential differences between communism (or any of its derivatives) and the principals of liberty, freedom and unbridled opportunity which this country stands for — for everyone, before it is too late.

Patricia Conant, Federal Way


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