Frank Marshall Davis
The man who heavily influenced U.S. Sen. Barack Obama during his growing years wrote poetry praising the aggression of communism, criticizing “Sweet Jesus” and mocking the traditional hymn “Onward Christian Soldiers,” according to an advocate for media accuracy.
WND reported earlier when Cliff Kincaid wrote at Accuracy in Media about the link between Frank Marshall Davis, a member of the old Moscow-controlled Communist Party USA, and Obama, who cited a mysterious “Frank” in his book.
Now Kincaid has uncovered poetry written by Davis that hails the Soviet Union’s Red Army, with a call to “Smash on, victory-eating Red Army,” and a wide range of attacks on or mockery of Christianity.
“One Davis poem, ‘Christ is a Dixie Ni—er,’ dismisses Christ as ‘another New White Hope’ and declares: ‘Remember this, you wise guys Your tales about Jesus of Nazareth are no-go with Me I’ve got a dozen Christs in Dixie all bloody and black…,” Kincaid said.
He said the poems from Davis are in the book “Black Moods” which was edited by John Tidwell, a University of Kansas professor and expert on Davis’ writings. He confirmed to Kincaid that Davis joined the Communist Party but that he publicly tried to deny his affiliations.
“Davis’ poem, ‘To the Red Army,’ says that ‘rich industrialists’ in Washington and London wanted Hitler to win and ‘wipe Communism from the globe,’” Kincaid said, adding, “One Davis poem, ‘Onward Christian Soldiers,’ mocks the Christian hymn by the same name. It talks of Africans being killed with ‘Christian gun’ instead of a spear by
the missionaries following ‘the religion of Sweet Jesus.’
“Another Davis poem refers to Christians ‘who buy righteousness like groceries,’” Kincaid said.
The writings of Davis are being reviewed because he served as a father-figure to Obama, a leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. president.
They were together while Obama was growing up in Hawaii, and in his book, “Dreams From My Father,” Obama acknowledges he took advice from a black poet named “Frank,” Kincaid said.
“The record shows that Obama was in Hawaii from 1971-1979, where he developed his close relationship, almost like a son, with Davis, and listened to his ‘poetry’ and views,” Kincaid wrote on the AIM website.
“Tidwell says that several Davis poems were viewed as ‘subversive’ by the FBI and that they help explain why it monitored his activities,” Kincaid wrote.
For example, Davis’ poem called “Peace Quiz for America,” asks: “Uncle Sam, Uncle Sam Why did you send me against Axis foes In the death-kissed foxholes Of New Guinea and Europe Without shielding my back From the sniping Dixie lynchers.”
Nearly five decades ago, the House Committee on Un-American Activities heard testimony from the Honolulu branch of the NAACP, which concluded Davis had tried to “propagandize” its membership.
Kincaid, in a statement on his USA Survival organization website, said a full report will be released May 22 on how communist and socialist forces have influenced Obama.
“Herbert Romerstein, a former investigator for the House Committee on Un-American Activities, will present a detailed report on Obama’s years in Hawaii, when he came into contact with and under the influence of a member of the Communist Party, Frank Marshall Davis,” Kincaid said.
He also will detail “Obama’s years in Chicago, when he came into contact with and under the influence of communists, socialists, and even communist terrorists. There is a very disturbing pattern here … It can be no accident that Obama always seems to gravitate to the most extreme, anti-American forces. If you think Rev. [Jeremiah] Wright [Obama's pastor] is something, wait until you see the information that we have developed.”
Wright has made comments suggesting American invented AIDS and infected blacks with the disease, and the U.S. deserved the attack of 9/11 because of the “terrorism” it inflicted on other nations.
Kincaid writes that in addition to Tidwell’s confirmation, another book, “The New Red Negro: The Literary Left and African American Poetry, 1930-1946, names Davis as one of several black poets published in Communist Party-supported publications.