“As the SDS became more of a street gang and less of an intellectual force on campus”
“This girl...had the capacity to tear the University of California apart.”
“She is a beautiful girl, black, brilliant, filled with hate, and a member of the Communist Party.”
Lumumba-Zapata demands composed by Angela and Keith Lowe (who was an assistant Professor of Literature and later denied entry to the U.S.)
“That Angela Davis was without any doubt a clandestine member of the Communist Party group in Los Angeles. He said that the FBI had infiltrated the group which was both elite and small.”
McGill tries to make sure UCLA doesn’t hire her.
On the day she announces her hiring at UCLA a grad student and FBI informant declares her a member of the Communist Party. At this point the UC Regents still prohibit the employment of members of the Communist Party.
“Angela Davis was black. She was also militant. Her appointment was challenged on the very day it began, so there was no opportunity for empirical verification of her honesty and effectiveness as a teacher. Saxon said wryly on the phone that it was like old times for him.”
Young is worried any attempt to remove Angela will result in violence on UCLA’s campus
They send Angela a letter asking if she’s a communist
She responds saying asking her is a violation of her constitutional rights. But, yeah, she is. Because she thinks the Communist Party is attempting to address racism.
McGill contacts two local reporters to tell them the Regents may be firing Angela
“Dr. Frank Sooy, the Chairman of the Academic Council of the University Academic Senate read a resolution of the Council passed on the day previous indicating the faculty’s distress over the prospect of dismissing one of its members solely for membership in the Communist Party without other cause. Sooy explained that the faculty was unaware that the anti-communist rule of 1940 was still operative...especially in view of The Regents action in April,1969, barring political tests in the appointment and promotion of faculty. Something beyond membership had to be proved and nothing else has been undertaken in the Davis case.”
The Regents ignored this. 19 voted yes to her dismissal, and two abstained.
Young was insistent that the decision was wrong and would cause uprising at UCLA.
McGill advises Hitch to release a statement that there will be no political purges throughout the UC system.
“Our money problems are clearly associated with growing backlash against student unrest in California.”
“A speech which I was scheduled to present to the Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge...is a right wing extremist group, very popular in military-minded San Diego.”
Donald Kalish, the chairman of UCLA’s philosophy department assigns Angela a class. “In my judgement Kalish had taken a most irresponsible and even bastardly action.”
McGill on what Young could do… “It would be possible to make perfectly clear to Kalish that with this act he had suddenly dropped to the bottom of my priority list and the Philosophy department would have to sweat for every dime it would get from me from this point forward. I had used such arm twisting last November in order to make believers out of some of our department chairmen.”
McGill and Dutch Higgs come up with a plan so Angela can’t teach.