Taxpayers Pay to Honor Advocate of Cop-Killing, Anti-Semitism, and Jihad
Your tax dollars at work, as a prominent state university dedicates a special exhibit honoring a relatively obscure black radical who advocates cop-killing, Islamic jihad, anti-Jewish and anti-Asian racism, and the defeat of the U.S. in Afghanistan. And the best part? The exhibit is located right alongside exhibits that honor George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Mark Twain.
Yes, the University of South Florida has officially lost its mind.
Washington, Lincoln, Eisenhower, Truman, Reagan, Twain, and…Omali Yeshitela. That’s what you’ll find in the special collections and exhibits room of the Nelson Poynter Library at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg (USFSP). The special collections room houses the David Hubbell Mark Twain Collection, and the Miller Family Collection of Presidential Signatures and Documents (an exhibit of presidential documents). And now it also features an exhibit and collection honoring leftist extremist Omali Yeshitela. The USFSP receives both state and federal money (including 1.9 million in Obama “stimulus” money). The Poynter Library is almost entirely publicly-funded.
So let’s read up on the man you paid to honor.
Omali Yeshitela is a self-styled “black revolutionary” who travels the country preaching a gospel of hate and violence. Yeshitela hates cops, Jews, Asian immigrants, the U.S. Armed Forces, and the United States as a nation. He tirelessly advocates the violent overthrow of the U.S. government. Of course, that’s his “big picture” goal. In the interim, he encourages the black community of actively engage in violent acts against the police, “parasitical” Asian immigrants, and anyone else he views as “the enemy.”
Several weeks ago, when the organizers of Occupy Oakland decided to plan violent confrontations with police, they sent for Yeshitela. The right tool for the right job, as they say. And Yeshitela made it clear upon his arrival in Oakland that the police were going to need “protection” from him and his people.
Yeshitela featured prominently in an earlier story I ran, and the simple truth is, there are way too many unpleasant details in the man’s history to list here, so I’ve created a handy link with all of the quotes and background info anyone would need to understand why taxpayers should be outraged that their money has gone toward honoring this man.
A few highlights:
In 2009, Yeshitela held a public rally at which he stressed that he doesn’t want “peace,” but rather the defeat of the U.S. and Israel:
We say, it’s not good enough to be for peace. We say, we have a responsibility to take sides in this struggle. We say, we UNITE with the struggling people of Afghanistan against U.S. military occupation. We UNITE with the resistance. We UNITE with the Palestinian people against that imperialist settler state racist reactionary white nationalist minority settler state that’s nothing but a military outpost for U.S. imperialism.
He has repeatedly told his followers to reject the nonviolent philosophy advocated by Martin Luther King, Jr., who he openly detests. In some of the “documents” that this exhibit honors, Dr. King is ridiculed for being an “Uncle Tom” because of his Christian, nonviolent beliefs. In fact, the exhibit claims that Dr. King was a negative influence on black Americans by not advocating violence and separatism, and by encouraging black people to pursue the American dream.
He’s also called for the murder of South African Bishop Desmond Tutu.
He has encouraged his followers to shoot at police officers. His exhortations to violence led to the shooting down of a police helicopter in St. Petersburg in 2005. In March 2009, Lovelle Mixon, a convicted felon and double-rapist, brutally murdered four Oakland police officers after a routine traffic stop. It was the deadliest attack on California police since 1970. Yeshitela praised “brother Lovelle” and taunted the victims’ families by publishing a poem that mocked the murdered officers:
‘Velle’s name will ring in the street: A legend.
‘Velle Mixon, y’all listen, this is bigger than fiction;
‘Velle went out in a blaze of glory. He said he ain’t going back, Brrrrrat! Brrrrrrat!”
One pig, two pig, laying on the ground;
three pigs, four pigs, I bet they know now.
He knocked them down in an orderly fashion;
so now they hate the Mixons in an orderly passion.
I’m sure the families of the murdered police officers would be shocked to learn that their tax money has gone toward honoring Yeshitela.
When a disgruntled African-American named Omar Thornton brutally gunned down eight co-workers in Manchester, Connecticut, in August 2010, Yeshitela lauded him:
In the end, Brother Omar took his own life. And, if this is the case, he was not to give the Colonial police or the Colonialist court the opportunity to legally murder him by bullet or death chamber. The idea that he could have escaped was apparently not included in his justice seeking plans, although it should have been. According to reports, Brother Omar called his mother after shooting his predetermined antagonists, telling her, “I shot the racists that were bothering me.” LONG LIVE MARK ESSEX! LONG LIVE OMAR THORNTON
(Mark Essex was an African-American mass-murderer who went on a seven-day killing spree targeting white people in New Orleans in 1972)
Yeshitela helped provoke violence against Korean-American and Latino store owners in Philadelphia in the 1990s. After several Asian-American business owners were violently attacked, he applauded the violence:
In Philadelphia every major neighborhood shopping area is controlled by parasitic merchants, mostly Koreans….Korean merchants and the sell-out Latino store owners who greedily suck the resources from the community daily were the rightful targets of the rebellion.
And don’t get Yeshitela started on the Jews and Israel:
Israel is a criminal enterprise in a thousand different ways. Over the past two weeks, the world has watched as the U.S.-supported, illegitimate settler State of Israel has been waging a holocaust against the people of Palestine using a U.S.-funded military force. We have seen deliberate targeting of schools, churches and mosques including the bombing of a United Nations school. This genocidal assault using American helicopter gunships, tanks and other heavy artillery to exterminate Palestinian children, women, men and elderly people is part of a longstanding effort to expand the Zionist state’s occupation of stolen Palestinian land.
The reality is that the establishment of the illegitimate settler State of Israel in 1948 was a political determination that came through genocide against the Palestinian people.
Hamas and Hezbollah represent a profound threat to Israel and U.S. imperialism precisely because they reject neocolonialism. They uphold the absolute right of freedom and self-determination and have made it quite clear they are willing to fight and kill occupying Israelis to have it!
The peoples of the Middle East did not submit willingly to European domination and never stopped struggling for freedom and self-determination. Today Hamas and Hezbollah represent the culmination and continuation of that struggle.
Yeshitela denies that Muslims were behind 9/11, he denies the Holocaust, and he believes that AIDS is a government conspiracy to kill black people. He’s even bragged about the fact that he counseled black people with AIDS to not seek treatment.
When the USFSP Yeshitela exhibit was announced in 2010, the Poynter Library “heralded” the acquisition of the “historic work” of this “prolific political theorist.” The grand opening of the exhibit was attended by USFSP teachers and administrators.
For the record, it should be noted that the purpose of this article is not to criticize the USFSP for stocking Yeshitela’s books in its library. It is the opinion of this author that libraries have a responsibility to stock books from all perspectives, including books written by vile people for vile purposes. This author, and this site, would never advocate censorship. But the USFSP has gone beyond merely carrying Yeshitela’s books; it has elevated him beyond the other authors in its library, creating a special, permanent exhibit honoring him and his work – an exhibit that now stands alongside special exhibits honoring such great Americans as Washington, Lincoln, and Twain. Yeshitela is not merely one of thousands of authors whose books are carried by the publicly-funded library. He’s been given a unique, exalted, and completely positive special exhibit (with no opposing views presented). The university has honored him, in a permanent, reverential exhibit.
And you and I have paid for it.