Angela Y. Davis ☆ 8 SUMMARYFreedom Is a Constant Struggle Ferguson Palestine and the Foundations of a Movement carries a lot
Of Important Information That Weimportant information that we know Angela Davis not only talks about movements and topics she is passionate about like prison abolition feminism ights for BIPOC but also emphasizes on the importance of understanding the history Black people have gone through what civil ights movements have achieved for the "people in the United States and other countries around the world and what it means to stand in solidarity with "in the United States and other countries around the world and what it means to stand in solidarity people and other minority groupsAlthough the book cites specifies many important things we should start considering understanding and ealizing the speeches provided were epetitive I appreciated the interviews because of the uestions asked along them which allowed me to ask myself uestions and get a broader understanding of the point trying to be made I understand how sometimes it is necessary to epeat points over and over because sadly sometimes people don t want to listen With that being said instead of putting epetitive and similar interviews and mentioning topics that were not covered too in depth I feel like the structure of the book would have been better if instead of epeating things and only touching on them the writerauthor went in depth of what she tried to convey For example Angela is clearly passionate about prison abolition so instead of epeating her similar points it would have been bette I would have given this book a five stars but the second half of the book pulls from different speeches Angela Davis has given over the past couple of years Some of the speeches became epetitive While what she was saying needed to be epeated I felt those pages could have been better served diving deeper into the history of certain Palestinian or Turkish political prisoners instead of glossing over names The speeches and the interviews in this book left their mark but they would have been even powerful had they included context The book s format presents these pieces with little annotation and background and few explanations of the issues presented Adding Selected Works to the title might have helped signifying that eading or background on the subjects may be necessary Davis is a brilliant speaker and a passionate voice Hearing her ead her own words in this audiobook version was particularly fulfilling A brilliant collection of interviews and speeches by Angela Y Davis concerning acism activism feminism state violence and I ead this over a period of two days but I think it would be better to ead an interview or essay a week as it becomes epetiti. In these newly collected essays interviews and speeches world enowned activist and scholar Angela Y Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the worldReflecting on the importa. Ve after a while if you ead them all at once The world needs Angela Davises She is incredible compassionate intelligent insightful and passionate about creating an eual world for all These ualities shine through on every page of this bookThough my interest waned towards the end it was because I ead it all at once instead of over time It still deserves the 5 stars I m ating it I will be eflecting on Ms Davis words for some time to come Freedom is still expansive than civil ightsI have been doing a lot of thinking lately about what was excluded from my Why are "Some Or Contributions Left Out Is "voices or contributions left out Is simply a factor of a formula that there are only so many hours in a day so many days in Black History month or could there be other philosophies in play Why do we only teach about civil disobedience that is peaceful and within a Christian framework So Martin Luther King Jr yes Malcolm X and Angela Davis no Is it that she s a woman A Communist I make no accusations I do think it is interesting to think about I finally heard Davis s name in Invisible Man Got the Whole World Watching and decided to ead Davis has been a adical activist for decades She goes back to Black Panther Party days although she did not stay a member for long choosing the Communist party over the BPP when faced with the directive to choose She still worked closely with the social justice mission of the party and has ever since This book is slim partially composed of a written interview exchange between Davis and the editor and finished up with transcriptions of ecent speeches Davis has given Because of this structure there
Is A Fair Amounta fair amount epetition but this does demonstrate which issues are prominent militarization of police getting id of prisons systemic acism Palestine immigration actually let s let Davis sum up the issuesHere we are in the twenty first century and we still can t say that we have affordable housing and health care and education has thoroughly become a commodity It has been so thoroughly commoditized that many people don t even know how to understand the very process of acuiring knowledge because it is subordinated to the future capacity to make money Davis is a adical but I enjoyed pushing my thinking farther than it usually goes A few of her ideas I wanted to do esearch on so I was not agreeing with her on everything but to be fair not disagreeing either just my first exposure to some of the ideas I admire her lifelong commitment to these causes I can t imagine where she finds the emotional energy to persistOh and one uotation because it made me laugh We ecently witnessed Nce of black feminism intersectionality and prison abolitionism for today's struggles Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles from the Black Freedom Movement to the South African anti Apartheid movement She highlights connections and. He eelection of Barack Obama By this time everybody who may have been hoping that Obama was the messiah ealized that he was simply the president of the United States of America Simply the president of the acist imperialist United States of America We are all so lucky to be alive at the same time as Angela Davis I need to talk about this one either on my channel or on my blog or both but in the mean time everyone else should ead itThe discussion on my channel so far A fast paced series of speeches interviews and essays Freedom Is a Constant Struggle examines how ostensibly disparate social movements around the world in fact share deep and meaningful connections that might link them together in a global struggle for human liberation Across ten pieces of writing Angela Davis explores a wide ange of topics from the militarization of the police in Israel and America to the apid spread of the prison industrial complex throughout the world Her arguments are consistently sharp and incisive and wherever possible she gestures toward points of further esearch for interested eaders Having first published this in 2015 her central thesis that only obust social movements effect meaningful change comes across as especially prescient While there is some epetition among the pieces the collection is as elevant as "ever and worth checking out I urge everyone to ead this Inform yourself about Palestine the "and worth checking out I urge everyone to ead this Inform yourself about Palestine the industrial complex abolition movements Black freedom struggles and many other interconnected struggles This book consists of interviews and speeches by Angela Y Davis and it s such an important ead I couldn t ecommend it enough Interviewing is an art form It euire the ability to transition from one uestion to the next while being able to connect uestions thematically The interview uestions tend to jump from one subject to the next without drawing clearer or better connections between each subject matter So the interview section of this book wasn t as interesting to ead besides Angela s answers The speeches she gives are honestly the better part of this book not only for the theoretical connections Davis makes but because it gives insight into her speech patterns I didn t ealize how fairly stream of consciousness her speeches tend to be and how much she deviates in the middle of a speech to draw in a connection between what she s talking about and whatever comes to mind I guess I ve admittedly been a little star struck every time I ve seen her speak live so it was interesting to ead her speeches and delve into the syntactical ealms of her hetoric and psycho linguistic processe. Analyzes today's struggles against state terror from Ferguson to PalestineFacing a world of outrageous injustice Davis challenges us to imagine and build the movement for human liberation And in doing so she eminds us that Freedom is a constant strugg.
Angela Y. Davis