“A year before the Jonestown massacre, Angela Davis told Jim Jones: “We are with you, and we appreciate everything you have done,” journalist Robby Soave, a senior editor for Reason, tweeted.Is Soave correct? Did Black power activist Angela Davis praise cult leader Jim Jones, who led the mass suicide of his followers? Many of his followers were Black.Jones promised his followers a utopia in the South American country of Guyana. Proclaiming himself the messiah of the Peoples Temple, a San Francisco-based evangelist group, he led his followers into a mass suicide, which left more than 900 dead and became known as the Jonestown Massacre (Nov. 18, 1978), according to Britannica. Of those 900-plus, 304 who were under the age of 18.
A year before the Jonestown massacre, Angela Davis told Jim Jones: "We are with you, and we appreciate everything you have done." https://t.co/4c8B6EdThO— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) November 20, 2020
Before fleeing to Guyana, Jones faced various allegations, including that he was illegally diverting cult members’ income for his own use. The U.S. government began investigating Jones and his followers when they moved to Guyana. Relatives of cult members in the U.S. alerted authorities of unsafe living conditions in Jonestown...