In a huge loss for humanity, the legendary Aretha Franklin died yesterday. And as is usually the case when such a legend passes away, some have wasted no time trying to exploit her death in order to spread hate against Israel.
True, this is an actual quote from Aretha regarding Angela Davis.
During her remarkable career, Ms. Franklin made sure to incorporate her concern for social justice and redemptive politics as she performed at civil rights fund-raisers for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s and to benefit the efforts of the Rev. Jesse Jackson. She offered to post bond for the jailed revolutionary Angela Davis in the early ’70s, going against the wishes of her father. In her statement at the time she said: “I’ve been locked up (for disturbing the peace in Detroit) and I know you got to disturb the peace when you can’t get no peace.
But Aretha absolutely did not weigh in on the Arab-Israeli conflict. And she deserves some respect.
No pun intended.