Marguerite Ann Johnson aka Maya Angelou, a woman of modest literary talent, whose left-wing politics and race elevated her work to masterpiece status and her intellectual capacity to near-genius in the eyes of her progressive admirers (See Cleaver, Eldridge, Newton, Huey P., Davis, Angela, Jones, LeRoi, and Obama, Barack H. for other examples of the genre), has passed on, and if you don’t consider her aggrieved scribblings on a par with the offerings of old Willy Shakespeare, why, you must be a Republican racist.
It’s always racism to squawking old crows like Maya Angelou, the self-appointed spokesperson for all those birds too blinkered to notice that the doors to their cages have been open for nearly fifty years. After all, what other reason but that of race could there be for opposing a flaming Marxist Chief Executive whose three year record of undermining America at home and abroad is unparalleled in the nation’s history? Spread those broken wings and learn to fly, lady. (I Know Why The Caged Bird Squawks)
Maya Angelou, an author more revered than read, passed away at 86 on Wednesday. She is survived by her seven autobiographies…
At her most irresponsible, she embraced Fidel Castro, Malcolm X, and Bill Clinton—a mistake for a lady of any age.
“I’m not modest,” Angelou explained last year to the AP. “I have no modesty.” In this spirit, she insisted that others call her “Dr. Angelou” though she never obtained a college degree. The doctor without a doctorate became a teacher without students at Wake Forest. “She collects an annual salary well into the six figures, yet presently teaches no classes and has no campus office,” John Meroney, then a senior at the North Carolina school, wrote in The American Spectator twenty-one years ago. “The office listed for her in the Wake Forest telephone directory is a storage closet in a building far from the main part of campus.”
… Other writers experience the Maya Angelou phenomenon as less cause for amusement than anger. Upon her passing, eulogist Debbie Schlussel tweeted: “Maya Angelou, Racist, US-Hating, Anti-Semitic Nutjob, Most Overrated Crappy Writer, RIH.” It lacks the eloquence of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Others transfixed on a rather pedestrian chain of events: before she hooked up with Bill Clinton she had worked as a hooker. That she was a prostitute doesn’t bother me. I was never her customer. It instead reminds what a remarkable woman Angelou was. (Dead Poets Society)
Lefties, of course, are aghast that anyone would have the temerity to question the talent or the “progressive” politics of the late literary lioness:
Conservatives are having a rough week. First they were up in arms about how the #YesAllWomen hashtag identified and challenged institutional misogyny; now they’ve been forced to contend with the death of a respected female writer of color.
The most excoriating right-wing response to Maya Angelou’s passing came from occasional Fox commentator Debbie Schlussel, who took the poet’s message of tolerance for Islam (delivered on the anniversary of 9/11), support of Palestine’s right to exist, inklings of communist sympathies, and unfortunate decision to speak at Louis Farrakhan’s Million Man March in 1995 as proof of her racist, fundamentally anti-American character. (Conservatives are now bashing Maya Angelou on Twitter)
Well, what’s racist and fundamentally anti-American about any of that? Still, if it quacks like a duck …
In the early 1960s, Angelou championed Fidel Castro’s rise to power in Cuba. Her first published story appeared in the Cuban periodical Revolucion. In September 1960, she was deeply moved by the sight of Castro’s exuberantly warm public embrace of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in New York, where both men were attending a United Nations session. “The Russians were O.K.,” Angelou later reminisced. “Of course, Castro never had called himself white, so he was O.K. from the git. Anyhow … as black people often said, ‘Wasn’t no Communist country that put my grandpappa in slavery. Wasn’t no Communist lynched my poppa or raped my mamma.‘”
Castro wasn’t white, so he was O.K.? And, true enough, the culprits who delivered ol’ grandpappy into the hands of the slavers weren’t communists — they were fellow Africans.
Incomplete depictions of the Atlantic slave trade are, in fact, quite common. My 2003 study of 49 state U.S. history standards revealed that not one of these guides to classroom content even mentioned the key role of Africans in supplying the Atlantic slave trade. (History News Network)
Maya Angelou, uncaged Redbird, racist, and second-rate writer … R.I.P.