Ex-Black Panther Angela Davis Stunned to Learn Her Ancestors Owned Slaves, Came Over on Mayflower

Notorious Marxist and former Black Panther Angela Davis was stunned to discover her ancestors were slave owners who traveled to America aboard the Mayflower ship.

The far-left activist’s family history was revealed on the PBS show “Finding Your Roots” hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Gates is the director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University.

He looked into the roots of Davis and Obama’s former DHS head Jeh Johnson.

What he found out blows a hole in any reparations effort because both had ancestors who owned slaves.

It was a particularly troubling revelation for Davis who was a key member of the Black Panthers, a Marxist-Leninist and black power political organization.

“Our researchers discovered Angela Davis’ ancestors traveled to the US on the Mayflower and here is her reaction,” Gates said.

“No. I can’t believe this,” said Davis, a longtime member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA).

“No, my ancestors did not come here on the Mayflower.”

Davis added that she “never” expected to learn she was descended from one of the nation’s white settlers.

“That’s a little too much to deal with right now,” she said.

“I’m going off the top of my head!” she said.

“You just threw information at me.

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“I’m remembering that so many people have called those of us who tried to fight against racism and who have visions of a more radical democracy as ‘un-American.’

“I’ve always insisted that the best way to pay tribute to this country is to try to change it.

“I always imagined my ancestors as the people who were enslaved.

“My mind and my heart are swirling with all of these contradictory emotions.

“I’m glad on the one hand that we’ve begun to solve this mystery.

“We have something that we didn’t have before.

“But at the same time, I think it makes me even more connected to struggling for a better world.

“It’s good to know my genetic background.

“It’s good to know my ancestry but those are not necessarily my people.

“My people are those who fought for me, who supported me.

“I assumed that my ancestors lived on plantations as slaves.

“But of course, I didn’t know who they were.

“I didn’t know who the slave owners were.

“I just feel so sad that these are my people who had to live under those conditions.

“It makes me realize what a miracle it is that we’re here now.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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