41 Total Quotes

Angela Davis Quotes

Angela Davis
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.
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#Population

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To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women
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#Men

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Radical simply means "grasping things at the root."
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#American Activist

Angela Davis
We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.
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#American Activist #Society

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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.
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#American Activist #Tension

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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
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#Racism

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What this country needs is more unemployed politicians.
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#Politicians And Politics #Country

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We have been basically persuaded that we should not talk about racism.
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#Racism

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When Bush says democracy, I often wonder what he's referring to.
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#American Activist #Democracy

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This is an opportunity for something positive in this community. And I am glad it is happening.
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#Community

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We had to get up at 6 a.m. and never had a problem. She was doing ballet and gymnastics, then dropped gymnastics,
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#Ballet

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This is the sports she enjoys the most. She gets so excited about it.
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#Sports

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We've had a lot of parents ask questions about the program,
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#Parents

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These are the rules for the mullet hunt,
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#Rules

Angela Davis
DHR has been my backbone, ... I love kids. I wish I could spread my wings and take them all in. I don't have a lot of money, but I have a lot of love and DHR knows that.
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#Kids

Angela Davis
There is widespread sentiment against the death penalty in France, of course throughout Europe, and increasingly in other parts of the world, as well.
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#American Activist

Angela Davis
To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.
Angela Davis
#American Activist

Angela Davis
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.
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#American Activist

Angela Davis
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.
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#American Activist

Angela Davis
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.
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#American Activist

Angela Davis
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.
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#American Activist

Angela Davis
First of all, I didn't suggest that we should simply get rid of all prisons.
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#American Activist

Angela Davis
Had it not been for slavery, the death penalty would have likely been abolished in America. Slavery became a haven for the death penalty.
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#American Activist

Angela Davis
I decided to teach because I think that any person who studies philosophy has to be involved actively.
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#American Activist

Angela Davis
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.
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#American Activist

Angela Davis
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
#American Activist