Communist professor and ex-Black Panther Angela Davis was an invited speaker to Florida State University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Week as part of its Golden Tribe Lecture Series.
The series is described as “an academically focused speaker series, which attempts to connect students to outstanding individuals who are either experts in their field or working at the forefront of a relevant political or social issue.”
The FSU Student Government Association (SGA) paid Davis’ $20,000 - $30,000 speaking fee with the Activity & Service fee that is collected from all undergraduate students — a mere $12.86 — and built into tuition.
This "outstanding individual" was once on the FBI’s most wanted list for her part in a courtroom standoff:
In 1970, Davis was implicated by more than 20 witnesses in a plot to free her imprisoned lover, fellow Black Panther George Jackson, by hijacking a Marin County, California courtroom and taking hostage the judge, the prosecuting assistant district attorney, and two jurors. In an ensuing gun battle outside the court building, Judge Harold Haley’s head was blown off by a sawed-off shotgun owned by Ms. Davis. To avoid arrest for her alleged complicity in the plot, Ms. Davis fled California, using aliases and changing her appearance to avoid detection.
Two months later, Davis was arrested by the FBI in New York City. At her 1972 trial, Davis presented her version of where she had been and what she had been doing at the time of the shootout. Because she was acting as her own attorney, she could not be cross-examined. She presented a number of alibi witnesses, almost all Communist friends, who testified that she had been with them in Los Angeles playing Scrabble at the time of the Marin slaughter. Prosecution witnesses who placed her in Marin were dismissed by Davis and her fellow attorneys as being unable to accurately identify blacks -- because they were white.
Following the announcement of the verdict that acquitted Davis, one juror faced news cameras and gave a revolutionary's clenched-fist salute. He laughed at the justice system, saying that prosecutors had been mistaken to expect that the “middle-class jury” would convict Davis. He and most of the jurors then went off to partake in a Davis victory party.
With her legal troubles behind her, Davis now makes a living as a darling of the radical Left who leads a movement to free all minorities from prison by claiming they are political prisoners of a racist United States.
The most amazing thing occurred during her speech at FSU: nothing. Not a single riot. The FSU College Republicans released a statement acknowledging Davis’s right to speak freely, but said they would be protesting the school's "ideological imbalance" in its speaker series:
15 January 2018
A STATEMENT REGARDING FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY HOSTING COMMUNIST ANGELA DAVIS AS PART OF THE GOLDEN TRIBE LECTURE SERIES
The College Republicans of Florida State University are appalled by the University’s decision to sponsor Angela Davis to speak on our campus. While we support Ms. Davis’s right to speak freely, we are vehemently against the University using student tuition to sponsor an individual who supports Communist regimes that have been directly responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent people.
With the University’s history of consistently hosting liberal “Golden Tribe” lecturers such as Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Melissa Harris-Perry, and self-proclaimed “scientist” Bill Nye, it is not surprising that they would continue to further the ideological imbalance on college campuses instead of presenting a balance of liberal and conservative viewpoints.
This is a disgraceful decision by our administration, and we will be protesting this event in full force tomorrow.
Read more about Angela Davis’s radical past at Discover the Networks.