Angela Davis Quotes, Sayings, Remarks, Thoughts and Speeches

Angela Davis Quotes and Sayings

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    And I guess what I would say is that we can't think narrowly about movements for black liberation and we can't necessarily see this class division as simply a product or a certain strategy that black movements have developed for liberation. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    As soon as my trial was over, we tried to use the energy that had developed around my case to create another organization, which we called the National Alliance against Racist and Political Repression. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    But at the same time you can't assume that making a difference 20 years ago is going to allow you to sort of live on the laurels of those victories for the rest of your life. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    First of all, I didn't suggest that we should simply get rid of all prisons. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    Had it not been for slavery, the death penalty would have likely been abolished in America. Slavery became a haven for the death penalty. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    I decided to teach because I think that any person who studies philosophy has to be involved actively. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    I think that has to do with my awareness that in a sense we all have a certain measure of responsibility to those who have made it possible for us to take advantage of the opportunities. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    I think the importance of doing activist work is precisely because it allows you to give back and to consider yourself not as a single individual who may have achieved whatever but to be a part of an ongoing historical movement. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    I'm involved in the work around prison rights in general. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    It's true that it's within the realm of cultural politics that young people tend to work through political issues, which I think is good, although it's not going to solve the problems. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings, to convert the population into specimens in a zoo - obedient to our keepers, but dangerous to each other. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    Now, if we look at the way in which the labor movement itself has evolved over the last couple of decades, we see increasing numbers of black people who are in the leadership of the labor movement and this is true today. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    Racism is a much more clandestine, much more hidden kind of phenomenon, but at the same time it's perhaps far more terrible than it's ever been. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    Racism, in the first place, is a weapon used by the wealthy to increase the profits they bring in by paying Black workers less for their work. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    Radical simply means "grasping things at the root." Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    That's true but I think the contemporary problem that we are facing increasing numbers of black people and other people of color being thrown into a status that involves work in alternative economies and increasing numbers of people who are incarcerated. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    The campaign against the death penalty has been - while a powerful campaign, its participants have been those who attend all of the vigils, a relatively small number of people. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that position be taken on current issues as they arise and the desire that one's contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    We know the road to freedom has always been stalked by death. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    Well for one, the 13th amendment to the constitution of the US which abolished slavery - did not abolish slavery for those convicted of a crime. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    Well of course there's been a great deal of progress over the last 40 years. We don't have laws that segregate black people within the society any longer. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    Well, we see an increasingly weaker labor movement as a result of the overall assault on the labor movement and as a result of the globalization of capital. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    What I think is different today is the lack of political connection between the black middle class and the increasing numbers of black people who are more impoverished than ever before. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    What this country needs is more unemployed politicians. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    When Bush says democracy, I often wonder what he's referring to. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF
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    You can never stop and as older people, we have to learn how to take leadership from the youth and I guess I would say that this is what I'm attempting to do right now. Angela Davis | Refcard PDF






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