Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Before Wright and Ayers There Was “Frank”

Update 5:12 PM, 10/7/08: After reading this article, please see comments from Frank Marshall Davis' son Mark.

Despite attempts by the Obama campaign to disparage research into Obama’s obscured past as “swiftboating,” new troubling associations emerge daily raising questions as to why Obama consistently surrounded himself with Anti-American anarchists.

It has gradually come to light that Barack Obama has had a number of long-term “problematic associations with anarchists” that have served to shape and mold his present character. One of his earliest and perhaps most important mentors was a man named Frank Marshall Davis.

Gerald Horne, a Communist Party historian and contributing editor of the Marxist online publication, Political Affairs magazine, wrote in “Rethinking the History and Future of the Communist Party,” that in Dreams From My Father, Obama names a mysterious “Frank” as an early mentor who was a “decisive-influence” in helping to mold his present African-American identity.

Although, Obama failed to provide Frank’s last name in his book, it has since been established by the Obama campaign that “Frank” was the African-American poet and journalist Frank Marshall Davis, who moved from Chicago to Honolulu in 1948 “at the suggestion of his good friend Paul Robeson.” Robeson was a famous African-American actor, civil rights activist, and a member of the American Communist Party. It would appear that Davis, also a member of the American Communist Party, had considerable influence on Obama; an influence which continued through several formative years. Additionally, it has been suggested by Horne that Obama’s move to Chicago was an attempt to retrace the steps of Davis.

Obama’s recollections of “Frank” in Dreams From My Father was that of a black male role model introduced to him by his grandfather, Stanley Dunhan. Davis, who died in 1987, shows up as “Frank” in several places in Obama’s book primarily because he gave Obama a great deal of advice on life and on race-relations.

In mid September, The O’Reilly Factor interviewed, David Fredosso, author of The Case Against Barack Obama. Fredosso told O’Reilly that according to congressional testimony Davis came to Hawaii from Chicago to help the communists take over the NAACP. According to Obama’s admission in his book, Davis gave Obama advice to “never quite fully trust white people,” and “not to become a race-traitor when he goes to college.”

Joshua Muravchik in writing “Obama's Leftism” for the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, points out that Davis was a long-term Communist party member who remaned active “also when it officially dissolved and went underground in the 1950's.”

Muravchik quotes Obama’s own words about his selection of associates, and points out that to Obama and his colleagues and mentors, the term “community organizer” was a euphemism for professional radical!

“ . . .to avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets . . ."

Accuracy in Media has an explosive article by Cliff Kincaid, written in February 2008, “Obama’s Communist Mentor.” The article attempts to answer the dangerous question, Is “coalition politics” at work in Obama’s rise to power?

John Edgar Tidwell, the editor of books by Davis, confirmed that Davis was a communist. Kincaid wrote:

In addition to Tidwell's book, Black Moods: Collected Poems of Frank Marshall Davis, confirming Davis's Communist Party membership, another book, The New Red Negro: The Literary Left and African American Poetry, 1930-1946, names Davis as one of several black poets who continued to publish in CPUSA-supported publications after the 1939 Hitler-Stalin non-aggression pact. . . Dr. Kathryn Takara, a professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa who also confirms that Davis is the "Frank" in Obama's book, did her dissertation on Davis and spent much time with him between 1972 until he passed away in 1987. . .

Kincaid also refers to the work of Trevour Loudon, of New Zealand, who has been analyzing the political forces behind Obama’s meteoric rise from obscurity. Loudon refers to a letter to the CPUSA from a supporter, Frank Chapman, “hailing the Illinois senator’s victory in the Iowa caucuses.”

"Obama's victory was more than a progressive move; it was a dialectical leap ushering in a qualitatively new era of struggle," Chapman wrote. "Marx once compared revolutionary struggle with the work of the mole, who sometimes burrows so far beneath the ground that he leaves no trace of his movement on the surface. This is the old revolutionary ‘mole,' not only showing his traces on the surface but also breaking through."

Townhall Columnist Frank J. Gaffney Jr. wrote “A World Without America,” which also points to the work of Cliff Kincaid in identifying Davis, who was under FBI surveillance for nineteen years, as a “high-level operative in a Soviet-sponsored network in Hawaii,” which “the communists had targeted…largely because of its strategic location and importance to the U.S. defense effort.”

Kincaid describes Davis as a “propagandist, racial agitator and recruiter for the Communist Party of the USA.”

Intriguing comments appear on numerous blogs and message boards about Davis’ connections to the Washington Post chairman, the late Katharine Graham, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (the labor union that “subsidized” the Honolulu Record, which Davis wrote for), the American Committee for Foreign Born, and about Davis’ drug use and lurid sexual exploits prior to becoming Obama’s mentor. One particular comment points to a pornographic novel Sex Rebel: Black (Memoirs of a Gourmet Gash) supposedly written by Davis under a pseudonym, Bob Green.

A new biography of Barack Obama The Dream Begins: How Hawaii Shaped Barack Obama, by journalists Stu Glauberman and Jerry Burris, purports to “fully explore” Obama’s friendship with Davis.

The book is the first to fully explore Obama's friendship with African- American poet and activist Frank Marshall Davis, who has been demonized as a "Communist" by some, but lionized in Hawaii as an ardent defender of social justice for ethnic union workers and blue-collar laborers. It was Davis who helped shape Obama's ideals of racial equality, which would later prompt him to become a community organizer.


  1. Great post young lady. Now all we have to do is to get the LSM to pay attention. It looks like Palin will put the LSM in the position to where they will have to report at least what she is saying. The more it gets out, the more questions it will raise among the uninformed and undecided.

    If you don't mind I will pick this up on my blog as well.

  2. Frank and his wife also had a strange sexual history, taking in YOUNG girls, having sex with them. Speculation that slight chance Frank is actually Obama's father, as Frank took in a young women by the same name as Obama's wife. Why else would Obama's white grandfather take Obama to spend so much time with someone like Frank???

    Just speculation of course.

    Debbie Hamilton
    Right Truth

  3. "Fredosso told O’Reilly that according to congressional testimony Davis came to Hawaii from Chicago to help the communists take over the NAACP."

    Now this is a new falsehood! Cliff Kincaid's Accuracy In Media (AIM) already published five different falsehoods concerning Davis and the Honolulu NAACP. This would make a sixth!

    As the son of Frank Marshall Davis, I have been fighting the right-wing disinformation campaign, spearheaded by Cliff Kincaid's "Accuracy In Media" (AIM), that misrepresents the Davis-Obama relationship in an attempt to exaggerate Obama's radical background. The AIM website is the source of the falsehoods regarding my father. I have documented their falsehoods in my blog at http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/blog/Kaleokualoha

    Fortunately, Uncle Sam trained me to recognize and refute such lies. I am a retired Air Force Intelligence Officer, with specific CIA training in Deception Analysis at "The Farm" in 1989. I invite your readers of integrity to review my documentation of AIM's deliberate misrepresentation, and to refute any of the items, if possible. I believe you will find that the case for AIM disinformation is ironclad.

  4. Mark, we welcome your comments here and I invite all of my readers to please go to your web site and read what you have to say concerning your father, Frank Marshall Davis. I was rather amused by your statement (surely in jest?): “Perhaps Cliff Kincaid's theoretical "mentor," the head of the Soviet KGB's "active measures" department, may be rolling over in HIS grave due to AIM's mutually exclusive messages . . .”

  5. I assume Mark is an Obama supporter.

  6. Debbie! Now that is interesting.


  7. It is interesting in how there always seems to be a non stop supply of people lurking around always to jump on any story concerning Barack Obama.
    In research, Chicago historians have documented the sexual perversion going on there from straight, bisexual and homosexual behavior when Frank Davis was there. None of the linking factors of sexual perversion in Mr. Davis' own words have ever been refuted nor can they be.
    In all of this, it is sexual perversion which links Stanley Ann Dunham, Frank Marshall Davis and Barack Obama to Chicago in the mingling of races for thrills.
    This is the glue which holds all of these Marxists together. Mr. Obama is a Trotskyite in perpetual revolution and somewhere in the bisexual past of Frank Davis and the bisexual present of Barack Obama is the board which glues all of this together.
    What is most amazing in this is Barack Obama, an Arab African was helping the exploitation of South Side blacks in Chicago by Syrian Tony Rezko, a slum lord. Why blacks, especially like the above Mark Davis are going around defending Barack Obama considering what kind of exploitation he has done black Americans, has left his black family in Africa in destitution and is running from black leadership as Jesse Jackson noted, are promoting someone who has done nothing but exploit blacks for electorial power.
    William Ayers is noted for having a black roommate rape a Jewish girl in his apartment in the same type of sexual perversion which uses sex as a power tool to dominate others.
    The Obama supporters and defenders of Frank Davis can cloud issues of Marxism to communism in he said, she said, but the fact remains the perversion remains, the same groups from Hawaii are the same group Mr. Obama has joined in Chicago.
    Instead of defending such things with only typed words, the real words are what matter in the words of the people above.

    Barack Obama as I pointed out in his own words stated that Frank Davis isolated him from his grandparents when he was a boy by telling Obama that they were white and would never understand.
    Mr. Obama's own words were, "I never felt so alone in my life after I left that house". (Davis's house)
    Now that is child abuse in doing that to an abandoned displaced child.
    Why would Frank Davis isolate a black boy and for what purpose?

    Unless defenders are going to say Mr. Obama is lying about Frank Davis, then what was the purpose of that abuse and why would anyone defend that.

  8. Mark, I'm reading through your link above and cannot read it all of course.

    Two things: If your father did not go to Hawaii to shape up the NAACP, that's one thing. There's always another thing: Your father had a great influence on Barack Obama's life. Your father and his father had decidedly Socialist/Communist leanings and Obama obviously admired both of these men.

    So far, I haven't found anything to suggest that your father's influence was not "radical." Look at world history: Communism IS radical when people are attempting to live freely.

    Obama's was not a childhood that rears or grooms a young man for the Presidency of the United States, in my opinion.

    Obama's associations show angry attitudes toward America in general. ACORN, and Obama's associations with it, are perhaps the best example of anger against America. I'm repelled at the thought that Obama would work toward voter fraud. Communists would rather change American society than applaud it. You say your father loved America. I'll take you at your word - but ask you this: how do you love living in a free land and advocate for Communism?

    Maggie's Notebook

  9. Barb, I'd like to cross post this important article.


  10. The leftist rumors of the 60's had Davis associated with many young women. Marriage was an aim to a means and vows meant nothing if his libedo was appeased.

    The right wing rumors had all the women as white, but as long as they were young and willing, they were fair game.

    So much for the character of the man.

  11. My article on Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis has shaken a lot of fruit out of the trees. One person who contacted me was a close relative of Jack Hall and lived on Hawaii when Jack and Frank Davis were there. Jack and Davis were close friends. He confirmed that unequivocally Frank Davis was Obama's "Frank" and like Hall, he was indeed a full-fledged communist. He also has knowledge regarding Davis' influence on Obama that led him to Chicago. Will Mark call me a liar too?

    I don't know which Kincaid article he is disputing, and I haven't yet checked out his blog, but Cliff Kincaid is usually quite thorough.

  12. MAGGIE WROTE: "So far, I haven't found anything to suggest that your father's influence was not "radical." Look at world history: Communism IS radical when people are attempting to live freely."

    RESPONSE: Edgar Tidwell, whom AIM's Cliff Kincaid cites as "an expert on the life and writings of Davis," demolishes right-wing misrepresentation of Davis's radical influence in one simple paragraph:

    "Although my research indicates that Davis joined the CPUSA as a "closet member" during World War II, there is no evidence that he was a Stalinist, or even a Party member before WWII. Further, to those attempting to make the specious stand for the concrete, there is no evidence that he instructed Barack Obama in communist ideology. Frank Marshall Davis did NOT believe in overthrowing the USA. He was committed to what the nation professed to be. For him, communism was primarily an intellectual vehicle to achieve a political end-a possible tool for gaining the constitutional freedoms of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for ALL Americans."

    JIM SIMPSON WROTE: "Will Mark call me a liar too? I don't know which Kincaid article he is disputing, and I haven't yet checked out his blog, but Cliff Kincaid is usually quite thorough.

    RESPONSE: I haven't read anything that would cause me to call Jim Simpson a liar. As far as Cliff Kincaid goes, however, every AIM report I've read regarding my father contains falsehoods. The situation with the Honolulu NAACP is a prime example. I have devoted an entire post (http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/Kaleokualoha/gG5kN7) to AIM's misrepresentation of Edward Berman's Congressional testimony, as posted by Herb Romerstein as Exhibit 4A of http://www.usasurvival.org/docs/hawaii-obama.pdf.

    AIM misrepresents the Congressional testimony of Edward Berman by falsely accusing my father of (a) sneaking into a NAACP meeting to convert it into a "front for the Stalinist line" ("Obama's Red Mentor Praised Red Army"); (b) trying to take over multiple meetings of the Honolulu NAACP ("Obama Plays Reagan In Berlin, Al-Jazeera Journalist Funds Campaign"); (c) trying to take over not the Honolulu Branch, but the NAACP itself ("AP Lies About Obama's Red Mentor"); and (d) being directly criticized by the NAACP's Roy Wilkins ("Return of the Dupes and the Anti-Anti-Communists"). In the eyes of AIM apologists these lies may be "insignificant," but they are VERY significant when levied against my father!

    AIM still repeats the lie that the NAACP revoked its Honolulu Chapter's charter in order to reorganize and PREVENT a Communist "takeover" of the organization, when the referenced Congressional testimony clearly states that the charter was revoked because the Honolulu Chapter refused to hold elections DESPITE the threat of a communist takeover. AIM lied "the NAACP revoked its Honolulu Chapter's charter in order to reorganize and prevent a Communist takeover of the organization," when in reality the NAACP said the reason was that the Honolulu board, including Edward Berman, failed to hold mandated elections. For those who doubt that the Honolulu NAACP charter was revoked for failure to HOLD elections, here is the letter to the Honolulu NAACP, according to Congressional testimony:

    Mr. Berman read the response of the NAACP to the Honolulu Branch: The board on November 14, 1949 voted to revoke the charter of the Honolulu branch for the following reasons:

    "The officers of the Honolulu branch have, by their failure, refusal or neglect to complete the holding of the election of officers as required by the constitution and bylaws for branches and as ordered by the national office, been guilty of conduct inimical to the best interest of the NAACP.

    The difference in the problems of racial discrimination in the continental United States and their solution as contrasted with the problems of the Territory makes difficult the applicability of techniques and methods used by branches and the national office to effect the policy of the association in the Territory.

    It is obvious that AIM misrepresented Berman's testimony and the reasoning for revoking the Honolulu NAACP charter. It is only one series of lies among many.

  13. Obamas associations just keep coming out of the woodwork and they get scarier and scarier. I Heard about Frank marshall Davis today on Michael savage, and I was not surprised to hear yet another far-left association to Barack Obama.

  14. Kaleokualoha stopped in at Blog @ MoreWhat.com also. I believe the argument was even though Frank Marshall Davis was a member of the communist party he wasn't a communist and had no such effect on Obama. I'm still not convinced. Link goes to that post and commentary

  15. How does a "retired Air Force Intelligence Officer, with specific CIA training in Deception" not recognize the simple fact that what communists do to promote communism is what was done? What, did he flunk the course?

  16. Stanford Matthews said... "Kaleokualoha stopped in at Blog @ MoreWhat.com also. I believe the argument was even though Frank Marshall Davis was a member of the communist party he wasn't a communist and had no such effect on Obama. I'm still not convinced.

    RESPONSE: AIM's expert, Edgar Tidwell, stated there was no evidence that Davis indoctrinated Obama in communist ideology. He used the CPUSA as a publishing vehicle and tool because, according to "The New Red Negro" (cited by AIM's Cliff Kincaid as a source):

    ONLY the Communist left had any significant institutional impact on African-American writing during the 1930s and 1940s. This support was crucial as the institutions that had maintained the New Negro Renaissance faded. And for better or for worse, the leading CPUSA functionaries involved in "Negro work" took a direct interest in African-American cultural production in a manner that was unusual, if not unique. Vilifying a writer for continuing to publish in CPUSA-supported publications, when they provided his only available institutional support, is completely unfair. Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and Frank Marshall Davis all took advantage of this institutional support.

    Further, as The New Red Negro makes clear, there was no monolithic Stalinist doctrine within the CPUSA: "This is not to say that the impact of the Communist Left on African-American writers in the 1930's and 1940's flowed from absolute unity of ideology and practical application of that ideology. As mentioned before, the CPUSA itself, despite the claims of both the party leadership and its most ardent detractors, contained various, often conflicting tendencies. This conflicts appeared within top leadership, where Earl Browder and William Z. Foster and their supporters were frequently at odds. They also surfaced in the regional leadership of important districts that were occasionally, and in the case of southern California frequently, in opposition to the national leadership. Finally, at the rank-and-file level, when leadership debates broke out into the open (as they did in 1929, 1956-1946, and 1956), the were replayed in almost every CPUSA unit, often serving as the vehicle for the expression of a wide range of "unorthodox" political beliefs (ranging from social democratic to anarcho-syndicalist."

    A huge proportion of African-American poets (and writers and intellectuals generally) remained engaged with the Communist Left and cultural institutions from at least the early 1930's until at least the early 1950's. With the partial exception of the period from the German invasion of the Soviet Union to the end of the Second World War, the CPUSA placed the issue of race and the fight against Jim Crow near the center of all its work.

    The bottom line is that communist ties were the NORM for African American poets and civil right activists during that period. Such ties did not mean that they internalized Marxist values, much less Stalinist values, even if they were aware of the distinction. To them, the CPUSA provided safe harbor from the ravages of Jim Crow America.

    The Bird said... "How does a "retired Air Force Intelligence Officer, with specific CIA training in Deception" not recognize the simple fact that what communists do to promote communism is what was done? What, did he flunk the course?"

    RESPONSE: Some people joined the CPUSA for reasons other than ideology, as indicated above. Membership has its privileges.


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  18. Howard thanks for all of the links you researched. That's quite a good list!