Monday, January 08, 2007
An Afternoon with Harry Belafonte
No... seriously... he's really coming here to speak at Wright State University this Wednesday.
January 10, 2007
Apollo Multipurpose Room
WSU Student Union
Free & Open to the Public
No Tickets Required
Called "The Consummate Entertainer (Traitor)" for his achievements as a concert singer (one hit wonder), recording artist (one hit wonder), movie (Lassie had more films), Broadway (nothing big), and television star (30 years ago) and producer (of crap), Harry Belafonte's human rights activities (supporting every Dictator's right to commit human rights) are also respected (by the Marxist-Lenninist extremem left) around the world. His version of The Banana Boat Song (one hit wonder) on the album Calypso brought Jamaica's calypso beat to mainstream audiences (40 years ago) and was the first album to sell one million copies. One of the first African American producers in television, Belafonte won an Emmy Award for Tonight with Belafonte (which lasted 3 episodes?) and has been a frequent guest on television variety shows (Wow, The Gong Show... 30 years ago). His film career includes roles in Carmen Jones, Island in the Sun, Buck and the Preacher, and Kansas City (all crappy 'B' movies).
Well-known as an advocate for human (abuse) rights, Belafonte was cultural advisor to the Peace Corps and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador (which says a lot about those organizations). His awards include the Albert Einstein Award from Yeshiva University (second only to their P-Diddy Award. Yeshiva U? Where the F' is that? ), the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Prize (????), the Kennedy Center Honors for excellence in the performing arts (30 years ago with one song), and for his work with children (being beaten, imprisoned, and put into camps by friendly dictators, like his buddy Chavez), the Acorn Award from Bronx Community College (WOW, Bronx Community College???? That's almost a Nobel! This man is amazing!).
In other words, I don't think I could sit for 2 minutes listening to this has-been, anti-American hack who makes money lecturing to College kids and Fascists.
Of course, anyone in the area is more than welcome to attend. I bet they'll have some good snacks, fresh coffee, and plenty of leftist propaganda pamplets to go around.
On second thought, I may just go.
If you can't make it, here's the link to Wright State University's Office of the President. He's hosting the event. Be sure to kindly remind him who Belefante's other friends are, and how he believes in the destruction of the U.S.
For example: (via FrontPage.Com)
HARRY Belafonte's contemptuous and contemptible assaults on Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice surprised a lot of people - but shouldn't have. Most do not know that Belafonte always was, and apparently still is, an unreconstructed Stalinist - a man who firmly, profoundly believes that America is evil.
Belafonte told CNN's Larry King that Powell was the equivalent of a slave "who lived in the house" during the days of slavery and who "served the master."
Then he used his influence to get the African aid group, Africare, to disinvite Rice, the scheduled keynote speaker at their fund-raising dinner, at which Belafonte was to be honored for his humanitarian efforts.
On King's show, Belafonte said Rice is a "Jew . . . doing things that were anti-Semitic and against the best interests of her people." Evidently, helping lead the war against terrorism is something not of concern to African-Americans.
Most Americans remember Belafonte as a path-breaking opponent of segregation and racism, and the first black American artist to break the color bar in the 1950s entertainment world and become a major celebrity. Few are aware of the toxic political vision he espouses.
Let's look at a few of his tributes.
* In June 2000, Belafonte was a featured speaker at a rally in Castro's Cuba, honoring the American Soviet spies, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Tears, one observer reported, "streaked down" Belafonte's face, "as he recalled the pain and humiliation his friend [Paul] Robeson had been forced to endure" in 1950s America. Undoubtedly, he was pleased to hear Cuba presented "as an example of keeping the principles the Rosenbergs fought and died for alive."
* In 1997, Belafonte was featured speaker at the 60th Anniversary celebration of the "Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade," at which he honored these self-proclaimed "premature anti-fascists" who served in the mid-1930s as Stalin's private Comintern army, a battalion (not a brigade) that served as enforcers of Soviet policy during the Spanish Civil War. To Belafonte, nothing had changed since the 1930s. The VALB was still representatives of "a truth that engulfed the universe . . . that fascism anywhere is a threat to people everywhere."
He did not pause to remind the aging vets that their anti-fascism disappeared overnight after their return home - when the remaining soldiers got the news about the Nazi-Soviet Pact in 1939, and quickly declared that the only enemy was FDR's warmongering and Great Britain.
* Speaking in October 1983 at a "World Peace Concert" run by East Germany's official Communist youth organization, Belafonte gave his blessings to the Soviet-sponsored "peace" campaign pushing unilateral Western disarmament, at a time when the Soviets were putting SS-20 missiles in East Germany.
As The New York Times reported, Belafonte "attacked the American invasion of Grenada and also criticized the scheduled NATO weapons deployment" of Pershing 2 missiles in West Germany, which Jimmy Carter and then Ronald Reagan deployed to offset the Soviet missile offensive.
Belafonte, in other words, was supporting the Soviet bloc in its Cold War with the United States. And he was doing so in full embrace with the East German prison state. Here, where the notorious secret police, the Stasi, ruled by waging a perpetual witch-hunt against the entire population - Belafonte had only love and good wishes for their success.
No wonder that the late Leo Cherne, head of the International Rescue Committee, rejected Belafonte's being honored. "I happen to have some reservations about Belafonte," he wrote one of the IRC's board, "I have found him . . . beyond my tastes for the elements of left-wing predisposition. He played a significant relief role in Ethiopia at a time when Ethiopia was under the control of the left wing dictator Mengistu, at the very time that the Castro military forces were playing an active support role."
To Harry Belafonte, Castro is a freedom fighter and Colin Powell and Condi Rice merely "house slaves." Ever the diplomat, Colin Powell responded to Belafonte's blast by calling the singer his "friend," and noting that the slave analogy was from another time and place and was simply "unfortunate." Secretary Powell should take to heart the simple adage, with friends like that . . . .
posted by El Capitan at 11:57 AM
It's scary how universities will invite people like this without even giving it a second thought, but conservatives and others draw protests and borderline riots during their speeches.2:32 PM