Angela Davis: F*ck a Prison, Get Rid of Them

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Angela Davis, the pioneer and revolutionary, is calling for an end to the prison system:

The U.S. prison system, in its present state, must be abolished, says University of California-Santa Cruz Professor Emeritus Angela Davis. Davis, a longtime prison reform advocate, is scheduled to speak at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. for the keynote address of Emory University’s Women’s History Month. She cited a Pew Research Center report on prisons released earlier this month: “One in every 37 adults in this country is either behind bars or under the direct control of the corrections system — on parole or on probation. Here in Minnesota, it’s one out of every 26 adults. In terms of the entire country, that means 7.3 million people are under the control of the correction system,” Davis said. She sees prisons as “structural racism,” believing that the current U.S. justice system is “based on revenge” and current prisoner rehabilitation methods are not working.

“We have so many people behind bars because of the racialization that enables criminalization,” Davis noted. “We have huge communities criminalized largely because they are under surveillance — those that are subject to greater surveillance are those communities that produce more prisoners. “And in communities that aren’t subject to that type of surveillance, people can do all type of things without getting caught, like [Bernard] Madoff. He stole millions of dollars, and now all they are talking about is whether he will be able to keep his house.”

The U.S. prison population continues to rise, especially among Black men and women, continued Davis, adding that a “national discussion on what we need to do to solve this problem” is badly needed. “Have you heard [President] Obama or anybody in the government talk about this?” she asked the over-capacity crowd. “I don’t want to replace the prison system with something else,” she pointed out, adding that “a purposeful commitment to fix the educational system” would be better. The professor, activist and author of five books, including her Are Prisons Obsolete? (Seven Stories Press, 2003), first came into national prominence in 1969. The FBI later named Davis to their 10 Most Wanted list in 1970 after a gun registered in her name was used in an attempted prison escape; she eventually was jailed for 16 months before finally being acquitted of all charges in 1972. “Freedom means not the abstract ability to do whatever one pleases or not, that is the opposite of being behind bars,” she explained, “but as the access to resources and materials that make it possible to fashion lives, communities and futures. Rights always have been guaranteed for some, but it has been the result of struggle for others. “For some, rights and liberties have been linked to the status quo. For others, it has been linked to radical, revolutionary challenges to the status quo.” As a featured speaker of the St. Cloud State University’s (SCSU) Women’s History Month activities in March, Davis pointed out, “Women’s history always has been about struggles and movements for change that transformed collective lives,” adding that women of color historically had a lot to do with feminism.

She supports President Obama, but not just because he is Black. “I actually was more interested in the politics of the person,” Davis disclosed. “It’s not about who you are, but what you are willing to do. “If Hillary [Clinton] had had a better political position on certain issues, I would have supported her. If there have been a White male candidate who would have been more progressive and radical, I would have gone with him.” Davis warned the audience not to see the president as a one-man problem solver. “Obama is not a Messiah,” she duly pointed out. “Racism has not ended because one Black man and one Black family [is] in the White House.” On the importance of community activism, Davis said, “Everybody who believes in justice and equality must participate in the Movement. What have kept me [involved] are the communities I am associated with. The strength I need comes from other people.”

After her speech, Davis stated, “I don’t see [problems with the prison system] as a separate issue — it is connected with everything else. So, I can’t say that I want [President Obama] to address that more than seeing him address education or health, because they all intertwine.”

Well, we need to put these dumb ass criminals somewhere. The ratio for black men and women in jail is crazy, we do need to make some changes.

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  • facefacts

    2nd and blaque power!! keep the prisons though some people have family reunions in there!!

  • Glok9n: The real glok !!!

    MAN I LOVE THE FRO …HEY “SYDNEY” HOW YOU MISS SISTA DAVIS, FOR WOMENZ HISTORY MONTH!?

  • Glok9n: The real glok !!!

    WE NEED TO UNIFY,THIS PROBLEM WILL ONLY STEM HIGHER IF WE DONT!!

  • Robert

    HELL NO!

  • horn of africana

    keep prisons…some people deserve to be locked up e.g. rapist/kiddy fiddlers.

  • Sydney™ (the real one)

    Hi Glok, I was just getting ready to post, lol.

    Ms. Davis certainly makes some valid points about the impact of incarceration on our community.

    From an article this week in the New York Times, nytimes.com/2006/03/20/national/20blackmen.html?scp=1&sq=incarceration%20and%20black%20men&st=cse:

    “Incarceration rates climbed in the 1990’s and reached historic highs in the past few years. In 1995, 16 percent of black men in their 20’s who did not attend college were in jail or prison; by 2004, 21 percent were incarcerated. By their mid-30’s, 6 in 10 black men who had dropped out of school had spent time in prison.”

  • Glok9n: The real glok !!!

    SYD! I SAW THIS POST AND THOUGHT OF YOU IMMEDIATELY ..HEY SISTAH!

  • facefacts

    lol now i know some people have been wrongly accussed but MY BLACK MEN…DIDN’T WE TELL YOU THAT WHITE WOMEN WERE NOTHING BUT TROUBLE..DIDN’T WE TELL YOU TO GET AN EDUCATION..DIDN’T WE TELL YOU THAT STREET HUSTLIN WASN’T THE WAY TO GO DIDN’T U SEE HOW THEY DID RODNEY AND OJ AND DR KING AND TUPAC AND BIGGIE AND EMIT TILL!!! BUT NO U DIDNT HEAR THAT!!!the prisons are being built for U!!!HEAR THAT

  • Glok9n: The real glok !!!

    Typoz i know, im cloudy!

  • facefacts

    lol u cant win the game unless u play the game!!! come on monkey see monkey do pun intended do you see white folks on the street no they putting idiots on the street dont be that idiot!! DONT BE AFRAID TO WORK HARD MENTALLY INSTEAD OF JUST PHYSICALLY!!! there are more black athletes than doctors YYYYYYY!!!!

  • Glok9n: The real glok !!!

    Dont blame the Whiteman this iz our fault..I thought that “education” was supposed to enlighten our mindz not oppress, suppress and depress our mindz.We come out of this “so-called” system more stupified than ever! right? We lose our common sense! we lose our natural mindz! Most of the time we come out even forgetting the fact that we are Black.We lose our own self identity!

  • STFU

    As a people we just aren’t smart.

  • facefacts

    I will never understand how some black can say an education is useless and dismiss it so quickly but think selling dope on the street corner is the way to go???? wth kinda since that make… only fools learn from their own experiences and those who don’t learn from history are bond to repeat it!!! TAKE RESPONSIBLITY FOR UR SELVES AND UR ACTIONS…

  • facefacts

    WELL AS A FIRST GENERATION AMERICAN I CAN SAY THAT MY MIND SET IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT I DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU GET UR INFO FROM GLOK BUT UR WRONG… AND BLACK FOLKS AREN’T DUMB MOST ARE JUST AFRAID TO TRY!!!

  • facefacts

    MAYBE BUILDING BUILDING PRISONS FOR BLACKS IS A GOOD IDEA…IT WILL WEED OUT THOSE U GET IT FROM THOSE WHO CAN’T GET RIGHT…AND THE REST OF US CAN EVOLVE INTO GREATER BEINGS

  • facefacts

    UMMM ANGELA BASSET WOULD DO THE PART JUSTICE…BEYONCE WOULD BE AN INSULT TO THE PART…

  • Glok9n: The real glok !!!

    Allof a sudden we become an “American”.So we quickly forget that we have been the vitimz of “Americans” for over four centuries! Foolz you are not an “American” or else you would not have to fight(or beg) for rightz of a real white American!! You are just a victim ,or I should say one of the many victimz of these Americanz…Remember that simple folkz!

  • http://Bossip AKeys_Stan XOXOXO

    @ facefacts

    Thank you!!! You are Absolutely Right Education is the only way to make it and people are so Ignorant to see that

  • facefacts

    LOL U ARE AN AMERICAN BECAUSE U ARE BORN IN THIS COUNTRY…SIMPLE!!! U KEEP TALKING BUT WHAT ARE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT JUST SMOKE WEED AND CRY ABOUT IT!!! U BETTER WORK SMART TO KEEP FROM WORKING HARD!!! HAVE YOU NOT LEARNED THAT ONCE U ARE THE ISH EVERYBODY EATS OUT OF UR HAND BUT IF UR NOBODY NOTHING U SAY MATTERS!!!

  • Cutie_Reppin_NY

    This lady must be crazy, no prisons………I’m sorry but some people need to be locked up and what about those people out there who have lost loved ones at the hands of another. I am one of those people and I find it appauling how inconsiderate people are when throwing their views out there. I lost my aunt to a man with no regard for other’s lives and I for one hope he rots in jail. He’s up for parole in 2016 and my family and I had already begun to write letters to the parole board in 06′ emanding they deny his parole and we will do everything to see he getswhat he deserves aznd my aunt can rest in peace.

  • facefacts

    I DIDN’T NEED OBAMA TO BECOME THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT TO GET MY ISH TOGETHER.. AND LOOK AT OBAMA HE DIDNT NEED THERE TO BE A FIRST BEFORE HE DECIDED HE WOULD BE…KEEP UR EYE ON THE REAL PRIZE AND NO ONE CAN TELL U NO!!!!

  • Jay

    You got plenty of people preying on the community, making it so decent folks scared to be out after dark that need to be locked up. I’m sure Angie D ain’t living in those places.

  • http://Bossip AKeys_Stan XOXOXO

    We need to fix the prison system and the laws

    LEGALIZE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WEED NEEDS TO LEGAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • facefacts

    glok they are building the prisons for u!!!! what are u gonna DO about it!!!!! whats the solution to the problem u have presented???

  • Glok9n: The real glok !!!

    FACEFACTZ! WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THEY WONT THROW YOUR AZZ IN PRISON TOO ..MY SOLUTION IZ COMING UP ..BARE WITH ME OK!

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