Many socialists prefer to hide behind the term “progressive,” but Barbara Lee doesn’t hide; she wears her socialism proudly on her sleeve.
Joseph Farah, the publisher of WND once stated: “The values Lee promotes – and has always promoted – are the values of socialism, communism and anti-Americanism.”
According to the website WikiKey, “Lee’s radicalism dates at least to the early 1970s when she was a confidential aide to Black Panther Party ‘Minister of Defense’ Huey Newton.”
WikiKey also mentions that Lee was an “Executive Board member of the Communist Party USA,” and David Horowitz’s website, DiscoverTheNetworks.org, lists a number of Lee’s far left affiliations and positions over the years.
Lee is not simply a Socialist, she is, without argument, one of the most dangerous socialist presently serving in Congress.
Barbara Lee was born Barbara Jean Tutt on July 16, 1946 in El Paso County, Texas. She is the daughter of recently deceased Mildred Parish Massey and late Lieutenant Colonel, Garvin Alexander Tutt. Her biological father, James Lewis, was a veteran of the Korean War.
Lee has two sisters, Beverly Hardy and Mildred Whitfield. A DNA analysis revealed that Lee descended from people of Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau and she grew up in the Southwest with her grandparents.
As a young girl, Lee enjoying sewing, making dresses and fencing. Her mother paid for her Catholic school tuition, piano, sewing and ballet lessons, along with Brownies and Girl Scouts activities. She attended a private Roman Catholic school, St. Joseph’s, from the first to eighth grades.
In 1960, following the death of her grandmother, Willie, Lee’s family moved to California to live near her two maternal aunts. While attending San Fernando High School, Barbara challenged a district policy that prevented her from trying out for the cheer leading team on the basis of her race. Lee’s endeavors proved successful and she became the first black cheerleader in her school district. As a teenager, Lee won two music achievement awards from the Rotary Club and the Bank of America. She graduated High School in 1964.
Prior to attending college, Lee lived in the San Francisco Bay Area with her two children. Her three person family received public financial assistance during that period. While enrolled in Mills College in Oakland, Lee became the president of the Black Students’ Association. She also acted as a leader in the region’s primary civil rights movement. In 1973, she earned her Bachelor’s degree from Mills College. Two years later, Lee was granted a Master’s degree in social work from the University of California, Berkeley.
Lee’s two sons currently work in the insurance industry. Tony Lee is the chief executive officer of one of the United States’ largest African-American owned insurance brokerage and consulting firms, Dickerson Employee Benefits. Craig Lee is a long term senior executive at State Farm. Barbara Lee continues to reside in California to this day.
Inclusion on this list is not based on the opinion of the authors or, in effect, the subjective opinions of any third party. Inclusion on this list is based upon present or past membership in the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), a caucus within Congress that has long-standing and deep ties and, in the opinion of a number of political scholars, was an arm of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) at the time of its inception. According to David Horowitz’s FrontPageMag.com website: “Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) are undoubtedly socialists, though most shy away from the label. The CPC has long had ties to the far-left Institute for Policy Studies, Democratic Socialists of America (the largest Marxist group in the country), and the Communist Party USA.” Additionally, a number of authoritative articles have been written on the historical connection between the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the DSA and we encourage the reader to do independent research if the topic is of further interest.