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September-A 2008

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THE FRANK MARSHALL DAVIS NETWORK

*By: Andrew Walden

Ariyoshi was back in action leading the Marshall Davis almost The "Honolulu Community Media 1970 establishment of the Ethnic Studies immediately upon his arrival in Council" (HCMC) on July 14 Department at UH Manoa (slogan: Our Hawaii. Jack Hall and Ariyoshi denounced Accuracy in Media and the History Our Way). were among the Honolulu Seven Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for Ariyoshi's story told in Conybeare's defendants identified as key "shoddy journalism and smear tactics." video traces the unbroken ideological leaders of the Communist Party in HCMC, headed by Chris Conybeare, chain from China, to the ILWU, and to Hawaii and convicted in 1953 of "finds" that "there is no substance to the University of Hawaii Ethnic Studies "conspiring to teach and advocate the claim" that "Frank Marshall Davis Department. In 1976, as was a lifelong Communist and Ariyoshi lay dying of cancer, a mentor to (presidential The Honolulu Community Media Council the Democratic-controlled candidate Barack) Obama." is part of an effort to promote a Hawaii State Legislature Conybeare may be hoping passed a resolution in his Communist Party USA-free version of that nobody else knowing the honor. post-WW II history of Hawaii history in Hawaii. is willing to talk. Davis, it turns out, was just one member of a network Another Mentor the overthrow of the government whose works continue to exert by force and violence." Their influence to this day. The Honolulu Advertiser, reviewing convictions were reversed Conybeare's Ariyoshi video, describes January 20, 1958 after the Connecting The Dots Ariyoshi as "Mentor to a generation of Supreme Court re-interpreted the Hawaii activists." Apparently that Smith Act. A faculty member of the UH-West generation is now rising to his defense. From its first issue The Record Oahu Center for Labor Education and Hawaii's first Democratic dedicated massive amounts of space Research (CLEAR), Conybeare is a Governor Jack Burns offered to to defending fired Communist producer of the many-part PBS "Rice testify at the Honolulu Seven trial schoolteachers John and Aiko and Roses" series on the history of as a character witness on behalf of Reinecke, who would later become labor organizing in Hawaii, focusing on Jack Hall, but Hall declined in order two of the Honolulu Seven. Shortly the International Longshoremen's and to protect Burns from exposure. after the Honolulu Seven convictions Warehousemen's Union (ILWU). Burns explained in 1975: "Every were reversed, the paper folded. Conybeare's "Biography Hawaii" guy in the ILWU was at one time or Ariyoshi then opened a flower shop videos include the story of ILWU another a member of the and became known in Honolulu as "the Hawaii President, Jack Hall and the Communist Party of America. This Red florist." But a decade later life of Koji Ariyoshi, founder and editor is where they got their of the ILWU-funded Honolulu Record. organizational information and how According to Conybeare's videos, to organize, and how to bring before hiring Frank Marshall Davis, groups together and how to create Koji Ariyoshi joined the WW2-era cells and how to make movements Military Intelligence Service/OSS-- that are undetected by the bosses predecessor to the CIA--and used his and everything else. ...I know what language skills to land himself a position they were about. I said this is the as U.S. military liaison to Communist only way they are going to forces in China--working personally organize." Burns was likely with Mao Zedong. Andrew Walden is Editor of the HaAriyoshi's Honolulu Record Chris Conybeare waii Free Press in Hilo, Hawaii. employed the services of Frank

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referring only to union officials rather than the entirety of the rank and file. Senator Dan Inouye (D-HI) lost his right arm in WW II combat in Italy. In the 1954 electoral campaign he responded to Republican charges that the Democrats were influenced by communists with the famous quote now known by every Hawaii school kid: "I gave this arm to fight Fascists. If my country wants the other one to fight Communists, it can have it." But in his biography, Inouye is a little more circumspect: "No one with any sense of political reality denied that there were probably some Communists in the ILWU. ...There were those who felt that the Democrats' Party, by logical extension, was also controlled by Communists."

One-Party State

The story of Frank Marshall Davis, Obama's Marxist mentor, is completely intertwined with the story of the Hawaii Democrats rise to power. In the Star Bulletin of June 29, 2008, UH Professor of Interdisciplinary studies Dr. Kathryn Waddell Takara gives a non-denial denial: "Frank Davis loved democracy. But he was a fierce critic of racism and injustice, and in those years, anyone who was that controversial got labeled a communist." Takara's implied claim that Davis was just tagged Red because he was "a critic of racism" might lead Senator Inouye to ask: Has she lost any sense of political reality?

CPUSA-Free History

But Inouye would be wrong. Takara and Conybeare are defending a carefully crafted CPUSA-free version of history promoted by the "generation of Hawaii activists" for whom Koji Ariyoshi served as "mentor." Conybeare is Ariyoshi's

California, Yoneda went to Japan with his family at the age of 11. Attracted by books as a young man, he developed an interest in Marxism and left home at the age of 16, bound for China in search of a Russian writer whose works he admired. In order to avoid being drafted into the Japanese army, he returned to the United States and quickly became involved in the labor movement in California. He joined the Communist Party, and spent the 1930s as the editor of the Communist newspaper Rodo Shimbun (Japanese Worker) and as an organizer of Japanese labor in California and Alaska." "On April 4, (1942) less than two weeks after arriving at Manzanar as a volunteer, Yoneda was called to the Writes Takara: camp administration office to be questioned by two sergeants from I heard Angela was coming U.S. Army Intelligence concerning his to Honolulu thoughts about the center and the a real event number of Communists residing there. like Miles & his red trumpet Yoneda reportedly told them that Sweet Honey in the Rock Japanese-American Communist Party members and supporters were Perhaps Takara would like the participating actively in the war against world to not mention Angela Davis's the Axis Powers and were willing to Communist Party membership as well? enlist if the Army would take them. In the meantime, they would take the The Manzanar Connection message of democracy to the evacuees to help build a livable place Japanese living in Hawaii were not and would attempt to aid the war effort uniformly sent to internment camps as in every way possible. He told them was the case on the mainland. But Ariyoshi was in San the majority of the evacuees were loyal Francisco working with the ILWU when to America, but he A Davis associate Pearl Harbor was wrote in honor of Com- refused to provide names of Communists attacked. He was sent munist Angela Davis. in the camp. Despite to Manzanar his "patriotic" Internment Camp in the Mojave Desert. There he worked statements, the FBI assigned an evacuee informer, identified as "B," to with fellow Communist Karl Yoneda to monitor and report on Yoneda's implement the CPUSA line in support activities at Manzanar. of the war effort. According to the National Parks "Yoneda emerged as one of the Service Historic Resource Study on leaders of the evacuee faction at Manzanar that advocated working with Manzanar: WCCA and WRA administrators. On "One of the most prominent July 20, he attended the meeting in evacuees at Manzanar to join the Military Intelligence Service was Karl Togo Tanaka's quarters during which the Manzanar Citizens Federation was G. Yoneda. A Kibei born in Southern video-biographer, while Takara created the first Black Studies courses within Ariyoshi's UH Department of Ethnic Studies. In addition to telling the story of Frank Marshall Davis, Takara has time to write "freedom poems" such as "Mumia Abu Jamal: Knight for Justice," honoring the ultra-leftist cause célèbre convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer over a traffic ticket. Another Takara poem is titled simply, "Angela Davis," honoring the former Communist Party vice presidential candidate acquitted as an accessory to the 1970 murder of California judge Harold Haley.

established to press for improved living picks up. At a May 22, 2008 news Merriam-Webster defines conditions in the center and help conference sponsored by America's "mentor" as "a trusted counselor promote the war effort. The organizing Survival, Inc., Romerstein explained or guide." Was Frank a "trusted group included Koji Ariyoshi...." the connection between Koji Ariyoshi counselor or guide" to Obama? Shortly after Yoneda, Ariyoshi and Soviet Intelligence: And what "vision" did Davis give and others left for military service, "...one of Ariyoshi's close friends to the young Obama? pro-Japan internees rioted in an was John Stewart Service, one of the Consider these examples from attempt to retaliate against the penetrations of the State Department, Obama's 1995 book, Dreams from My families of those who cooperated. and the man who stole vast amounts Father: This resulted in the rioters being Obama's grandmother (Toot) of classified material from the State transferred to Tule Lake and left and Gramps have an argument over Department and gave them to a the Communists in a Manzanar whether Gramps should give Toot a communist magazine called Amerasia. camp politically designed for ride to work after she had been Amerasia had two Soviet Intelligence receptivity to their line of threatened at a bus stop by a black Agents working on its staff and so supporting the war effort. panhandler. Obama looks to Frank to they, of course, had access to the Ironically, this put the pro-Soviet sort it out in his mind. (p. 89-91) material that Service provided. Communists in alliance with those in "...there's a book about Koji When Toot is having difficulty the camp who were genuinely patriotic Ariyoshi that was written after his convincing the drug-abusing young Americans of Japanese ancestry, death and it's in honor of him and the Obama to apply for college, it is again created much of the strange and introduction is written by John Stewart Frank who is able to convince Obama contradictory nature of Hawaii's Service, who says that when Nixon that college is necessary. (p. 96-98) Revolution of 1954, and centralized the went to China, Service felt that it was Frank delivers to the young role of Japanese Americans in it. It also time for him to go back and he did. Obama the one key lesson which put Yoneda and Ariyoshi in China But on his way he stopped in Hawaii radicals have sought to inculcate in the working personally with Mao mind of every black person Zedong. The Historic whether under slavery, Davis defended Communist Paul Robeson for Resource Study continues: segregation or civil rights: saying, "American Negroes would never go to "Koji Ariyoshi, an "...you may be a well-trained, war against Russia." associate of Yoneda who was well-paid nigger, but you're a selected for the Military nigger just the same." (p. 97) Intelligence Service from Manzanar, to meet his friend, Aryioshi, and urge In his short column about Dr. would later gain some notoriety. After him to visit China, which he did.... Kathryn Waddell Takara's "anger" at training at the MIS Language School, "The book was published in a very the "bloggers...twisting her research," he was also assigned to intelligence small edition in San Francisco as a Star Bulletin columnist John work in the China-Burma-India Office paperback, but it was then published Heckathorn lets slip: "In the '70s, a byof the War Information Psychological in Communist China as a hardback then-elderly Davis was a friend of Warfare Team. A native of Hawaii, book in English with all of the material Barack Obama's grandfather and Ariyoshi returned to Honolulu after the about Koji Ariyoshi and what he had would proffer advice to a young Barry, war and established the Honolulu done and his work in the OSS and, of as he was called then." Ooops. Record, a progressive newspaper that course, the introduction by John Are "critics of racism" being he edited from 1948-58. Having Stewart Service...." unfairly tagged Red, as Takara says? become an admirer of Mao Zedong Mao's Communist dictatorship In reality, Reds often unfairly and the Chinese Communists while killed 70 million Chinese people. His tagged other "critics of racism" stationed in Yenan, China, during the successors' one-baby-policy has who did not toe the Communist war, Ariyoshi promoted U.S-China resulted in the death of as many as 40 line. The echoes of Takara start relationships during the Cold War era. million Chinese baby girls. with Davis himself. In 1951-52 he and six others were In the Honolulu Record, August 11, arrested and convicted for "conspiring 1949, Davis denounces black leaders Davis As Mentor to teach and advocate the overthrow who criticized Communist Party of the government by force and What about Frank Marshall member Paul Robeson for saying, violence," but his conviction was Davis's role as a mentor to the young "American Negroes would never go overturned in 1958. [104]" Obama? This is one of the assertions to war against Russia." Said Davis, Where the Manzanar study leaves that Conybeare's media council "They were like faithful dogs, trying off, researcher Herbert Romerstein disputes. to curry favor with their masters."

In his memoir, Livin' the Blues, Davis writes that when author Richard Wright in 1944 left the Communist Party, "his resultant series of articles in widely read publications was an act of treason in the fight for our rights and aided only the racists who were constantly seeking any means to destroy cooperation between Reds and blacks." (p. 243).

the NAACP revoked its Honolulu Chapter's charter in order to reorganize and prevent a Communist takeover of the organization.

Wilkins Denounces Reds

NAACP leader Roy Wilkins had another view of "cooperation." Writing to CPUSA member William Patterson on November 23, 1949, he explains: "We remember the Scottsboro case and our experience there with the (Communist front) International Labor Defense, one of the predecessors of the Civil Rights Congress. We remember that the present Civil Rights Congress is composed of the remnants of the ILD and other groups. We remember that in the Scottsboro case, the NAACP was subjected to the most unprincipled vilification. We remember the campaign of slander in the Daily Worker. We remember the leaflets and the speakers and the whole

Stalinist Tactics

There are other "critics of racism" who got a taste of the Communists' tactics from Davis. A 1949 letter sent to NAACP acting National Secretary Roy Wilkins by a Honolulu attorney and NAACP leader named Edward Berman: "I was at one of the election meetings at which one Frank Marshall Davis, formerly of Chicago (and formerly editor of the Chicago Communist paper, the Star) suddenly appeared on the scene to propagandize the membership about our `racial problems' in Hawaii. He had jut sneaked in here on a boat, and presto, was an `expert' on racial problems in Hawaii. Comrade Davis was supported by others who had recently `sneaked' into the organization with the avowed intent and purpose of converting it into a front for the Stalinist line.... "...Already, scores of Negro members were frightened away from these meetings because of the influx of this element. Only by a reorganization with a policy that will check this infiltration, can we hope to get former members back into a local NAACP branch. We are going to have to have that authority over here-- otherwise you'll have a branch exclusively composed of yelping Stalinists and their dupes--characters who are more concerned about the speedy assassination of Tito (who had just broken with the USSR) than they are about the advancement of the colored people of these United States." Shortly after receiving this letter,

sounded very much like the worst of the Negro-hating Southerners." Wilkins' final sentence should be considered when reading Frank Marshall Davis's words to the young Obama: "...you may be a well-trained, well-paid nigger, but you're a nigger just the same." Then as now, Communists see African-Americans as merely a tool with which to acquire power and are quite willing to send highly selfdestructive messages in pursuit of that power.

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Frank Marshall Davis was part of a Stalinist element that tried to infiltrate the Honolulu branch of the NAACP.

unspeakable machinery that was turned loose upon all those who did not embrace the `unity' policy as announced by the communists. "We want none of that unity today. "We of the NAACP remember that during the war when Negro Americans were fighting for jobs on the home front and fighting for decent treatment in the armed services we could get no help from the organizations on the extreme Left. They abandoned the fight for Negro rights on the grounds that such a campaign would `interfere with the war effort.' As soon as Russia was attacked by Germany they dropped the Negro question and concentrated all effort in support of the war in order to help the Soviet Union. During the war years the disciples of the extreme left

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