A Q&A With Angela Davis on Black Power, Feminism and the Prison-Industrial Complex | The Nation


A Q&A With Angela Davis on Black Power, Feminism and the Prison-Industrial Complex | The Nation.

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“Moreover, the most profitable sector of the private-prison business is composed of immigrant detention centers. One can therefore understand why the most repressive anti-immigrant legislation in the United States was drafted by private-prison companies…”

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Why Syria is not like Libya, Egypt, or Iraq:

1) Syria is the only secular arab country (a western principle)

2) Syria initiated economic reforms over a span of 40 years that redistributed wealth and allowed for upward mobility for disenfranchised classes

3) Syria has combatted internal and external ideological fanaticism, mostly from the Muslim Brothers and other groups responsible for acts of political violence

4) Syria has never signed a peace deal with Israel (unlike Egypt)

5) Syria has been loyal to the Palestinian cause, although it has distanced itself from certain factions in the Middle East throughout history, like the PLO

6) Syria is operated by a leftist-regime

Syria’s overall grievances, shared by much of the Arab people, are the following:

1) Israel should return to its original borders, pre-1967

2) Israel must halt its expansionism of settlements

3) Israel must halt its covert operations in the Middle East that are bent on destabilizing Arab countries

4) Israel must renounce its expansionist ambitions of recreating ‘Eretz Israel’ as it ignores the right of self-determination of the Arabs

In other words, as long as Israel wants to expand and dominate the Middle East — doing it through covert operations, bribery, corruption, military force, American lobbies, etc — then Syria will remain in a state of security in which it cannot allow for normal freedoms for its people in order to protect itself against Israeli aggression. It’s either sacrifice some freedoms and remain Syrian, or sacrifice all your freedoms and become swallowed by Israeli supremacy, arbitrary leadership, and oppressive ideologies and governments.

The government of Syria is portrayed as being oppressive but rumors and certain incidents are used to paint a horrid picture. History shows that few countries have chosen to resist foreign occupation by sacrificing some freedoms, like Cuba, Russia (USSR), China, Vietnam, Iran, etc. Most of these nations are portrayed as hotbeds of extremism, ideological tyranny, and government control, but behind it all, behind the military outfits, the symbols, the political propaganda, behind everything, what is really going on? 

Are America, England, France, Italy, Germany, and all these western countries being true to their values of universal justice and self determination?

Is it possible for institutions like democracy and capitalism to flourish without usurping the human rights of other nations?

Is democracy the problem, is it abuses of democracy? 

There are many forces within democracy that are bent on abusing it and often get away with it, brainwashing half the country to support unjust foreign escapades that usually involve Kings, Terrorists, Assassinations and Oil. 

Can these forces be stopped?

What does it take for humanity to be free from subjugation to others?

 


I am sitting here debating like I have time but I don’t. Time is money, whether your admit it or won’t. But what about the sake of art? What about beauty and truth? Perhaps they will follow, seeing as how the systems of the world do not permit us to do as we wish without first earning a financial support system. But what about my rep? What about the fans, the world, and what about my destiny? How much longer do I delay it? I believe in my destiny, but to what extent is my will free? oh, I cannot wait and debate. I am free to do what I am destined to do. When will the fear and uncertainty subside? It takes actions to provide. More than just words. More than just thoughts and complaints. My art, my being, my inner me must be released to the world whether it believes in me or not. It is who I am. I am not here because I chose to be born but because life and soul were given to me, to be happy, to live and be free, to understand and to learn. I understand. I’ve learned. I need to act. Life was given to us as a gift, and yet, people want to strip life of its beauty. Why? And why must we die? Do we die? Yes, but only if we do not see the light.

 

Our purpose is to be happy for our existence, to be free to do as we wish, and to worship our Creator. 


Some people are afraid to look weak. They shouldn’t be. They already do.

academic chaos


those sketch days in college when i didn’t want to believe my professors because they had crazy ideologies.