Ellis Washington is a former staff editor of the Michigan Law Review and law clerk at the Rutherford Institute. He is a professor of Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics, and Contracts at the National Paralegal College, a counselor at the American College of Education, and a founding board member of Salt and Light Global. Washington is a co-host of "Joshua's Trial," a radio show of Christian conservative thought. A graduate of JohnMore ↓Less ↑
Stamp issued by Communist East Germany in 1983 to honour Paul Robeson
There is no racism in the Soviet Union. … I am at home in the Soviet Union.
~ Paul Robeson, Daily Worker Interview, Jan. 15, 1935
Whenever I speak in public, one of the most frequent questions I’m asked is this: “Ellis, how can the majority of black people vote for the Democratic Party for over 50 years and at 96-98 percent for Obama in 2008 and 2012?”
Moviemaker Joel Gilbert, in his outstanding film, “Dreams from my Real Father,” exposes the systematic brainwashing of black America in historical terms:
“In 1930s Chicago, CPUSA recruited journalists to help spread Soviet influence in American public opinion. Frank Marshall Davis was one of them. A graduate of Kansas State Journalism School, Frank Marshall Davis joined the Communist Party and began writing for The Chicago Star. He was a colleague of journalist Vernon Jarrett, father-in-law of Obama confidant Valerie Jarrett. Davis also taught at Chicago’s Abraham Lincoln School, a Communist-run training school run by CPUSA. …”
In the late 1920s, Paul Robeson introduced Davis to a Marxist/socialist worldview when they first met in Chicago.
Who was Paul Robeson? Professor Paul Kengor’s revelatory new book, “The Communist,” in a Chapter 4 section subtitled “Paul Robeson’s Red Carpet,” tells us:
Born in April 1898 in Princeton, New Jersey, Paul L. Robeson was the son of a Protestant minister. He attended Rutgers University, where he was a standout athlete. … He went on to attend Columbia Law School.
Columbia was the worst possible choice for Robeson. The university was the single most radical school in America, with a disturbingly strong communist presence. A young man like, for example, Whittaker Chambers, could enter Columbia a devout traditional Republican and leave a raving leftist atheist who ended up a Soviet spy at the center of the most dramatic Cold War case of the 20th century.
Robeson arrived about the same time as Chambers, yet his hard turn left came a decade later, in the 1930s, as many progressives stood in rapturous awe at the Soviet experiment. Among them, George Bernard Shaw is credited with having helped prompt Robeson, asking him during a 1928 lunch what he thought of socialism. Robeson innocently conceded he had “never really thought about socialism.”
Not long after that, Robeson began thinking quite a bit about socialism. After publicly denouncing the “modern white American,” Robeson found himself suddenly invited to the USSR, and earnestly accepted. He made the pilgrimage in December 1934.
Robeson’s voyage came amid Stalin’s notorious famines and Great Purge, but the political pilgrim was carefully shielded from such misery. His gracious hosts rolled out the red carpet, regaling Robeson with (in his words) … “nights at the opera,” “gala banquets,” “private screenings,” “trips to hospitals, children’s centers,” and “factories” – “all in the context of a warm embrace.”
It was the typical charade. When communist propagandists find a target, they do not easily relent, whether it is a target they want to demonize or one they want to canonize. In Robeson, they saw usefulness in the latter. And so, that December 1934, the Soviets held a reception in Robeson’s honor, at which he was hailed by the emcee with this magnificent introduction: “This is Paul Robeson, the greatest American singer!”
The comrades clapped enthusiastically, as Robeson blushed and bowed. The boys back-slapped and drank until 2 a.m. It was a night to remember, a political romance to never forget.
Kengor refers to Robeson as a “Potemkin Progressive” who, like many famous American progressives in the mid-1930s, had severe misunderstandings of things Soviet and Stalin and effectively used their public notoriety to increase their misinformation to a grand, diabolical extent. Separate from Potemkin Progressives like John Dewey, George Bernard Shaw, the Columbia faculty and countless numbers of other deceived leftists, Robeson would be the most significant deceiver in the life, philosophy and vocation of Frank Marshall Davis. Robeson accepted the Stalinist line so completely that he went to his grave as a fervent agent of communism.
When Stalin died in March 1953, Robeson was moved to tears – and verse. He wrote an emotional and poetic eulogy to Stalin titled, “To You Beloved Comrade.”
Frank Marshall Davis effectively met Robeson shortly after arriving in Chicago in 1927 where the two men became fast friends, and Frank frequently extolled the socialist virtues of Robeson in his newspaper columns. Later it was Robeson by Frank’s own account that prompted him to relocate thousands of miles to Hawaii in 1948 where the Kremlin found Davis work as a propagandist for the Honolulu Record.
Why has the majority of black America voted for the Democratic Socialist Party for the past 60-70 years? During the 1920s black leaders like Marcus Garvey, A. Phillip Randolph, W.E.B. Dubois, Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance writers, musicians and artists, including Paul Robeson, one of the most celebrated black leaders of the 20th century, were all what Lenin called “useful idiots.” These pawns, through the CPUSA infiltration of black newspapers, radio and later TV, willingly helped lead black America to embrace socialism.
All evidence indicates that Barack Obama was raised and indoctrinated three times a week during his formative years (ages 9-18) by his apparent biological and ideological father, Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist Party agent. Davis was converted to a socialist worldview by Paul Robeson and trained by the Soviet Kremlin. All evidence indicates that Davis almost succeeded in organizing the Communist-controlled ILWU (union) in a failed effort to take over the Hawaiian government in 1949.
And all evidence indicates that for his entire life Barack Obama followed the dreams from his real Communist father. Yet, not a dream but an existential nightmare is for Obama to forsake Christianity, capitalism and truth in exchange for a forced imposition of a classic Stalinist/Marxist agenda upon America at home and abroad. And what is the history of Marxism? Marxism leads to economic destruction and the biological ruin of populations and societies.