Happy Birthday, Queen Angela!

Angela Davis, philosopher-activist and professor, was hunted down by the FBI for a crime she didn’t commit, jailed in 1970, and freed in 1972. While serving her sentence in a California jail, she gave a thoughtful interview (later included in The Black Power Mixtape) about the state of the Black Panthers at that time, and why violence is part of protest, because it is an inherent element in the daily lives of black and brown people

23 Sep 1969, Los Angeles, California, USA --- Admitted Communist and UCLA philosophy instructor Angela Davis said at a press conference that she was fired for racist, not political reasons. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
23 Sep 1969, Los Angeles, California, USA — Admitted Communist and UCLA philosophy instructor Angela Davis said at a press conference that she was fired for racist, not political reasons. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

     What did Angela teach me? What happened in Ferguson – and the solidarity people from Palestine are expressing – is exactly what Angela Davis talked about. The internationalization of these oppressive structures. The prison industrial complex does not exist in a vacuum. Police brutality doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Apartheid doesn’t exist in a vacuum. These oppressive structures are interconnected.

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