“In a few weeks from now, if there is a platform on which I will be privileged to stand and speak, my opening remarks will probably be something like “Welcome to the Fourth Reich.”
–—Legendary singer and long-time civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, now 90, speaking at a “Democracy Now!” event with an audience of 2000.
Harry Belafonte radiated sunniness and spirituality when he sang in his unique, whispery voice, but his political activism was always angry, radical, and with the passing years, increasingly bitter and paranoid. It was predictable that, health allowing, “The Banana Boat Song” artist would be in his element in the 2016 Post-Election Freak-Out and Ethics Train Wreck, and, sadly, he did not disappoint.
In his remarks, Harry mentioned with affection Paul Robeson, the late actor and singer who left the U.S. for the worker’s paradise of Stalinist Russia, and America-hater Noam Chomsky. He might have mentioned Fidel Castro, for whom Harry frequently expressed his admiration in the past. Back in 2012, Belafonte told another one of his pals, Al Sharpton, that since the evil, racist Republicans wouldn’t do Barack Obama’s bidding, “The only thing left for Barack Obama to do is to work like a third-world dictator and put all these guys in jail!”
But Donald Trump is a Nazi.
Belafonte’s words brought cheers from the corrupted assembled; it is telling that the current hysteria over the “alt-right” has not been matched in publicity or intensity by scrutiny of groups like Democracy Now!, which are leftist mirror images of the alt-right in every way.To be clear, Harry’s Nazi smear is pure fear-mongering—irresponsible, unfair, divisive, dishonest, vicious and despicable.
Harry’s an ass, and he should go home..
But, dammit, he gave one of my all time favorite Christmas song performances…