From the Director: No More Buzzwords

    by Josh Spring
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    Angela Davis Photo: Google Images

    Angela Davis said:

    “There is an unbroken line of police violence in the United States that takes us all the way back to the days of slavery, the aftermath of slavery, the development of the Ku Klux Klan. There is so much history of this racist violence that simply to bring one person to justice is not going to disturb the whole racist edifice.”

    “I believe profoundly in the possibilities of democracy, but democracy needs to be emancipated from capitalism. As long as we inhabit a capitalist democracy, a future of racial equality, gender equality, economic equality will elude us.”

    “I have a hard time accepting diversity as a synonym for justice. Diversity is a corporate strategy.”

    “Justice is indivisible. You can’t decide who gets civil rights and who doesn’t.”

    “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.”

    “Racism cannot be separated from capitalism.”

    Stokely Carmichael said:

    “This country is a nation of thieves. It stole everything it has, beginning with black people. The U.S. cannot justify its existence as the policeman of the world any longer. I do not want to be a part of the American pie. The American pie means raping South Africa, beating Vietnam, beating South America, raping the Philippines, raping every country you’ve been in. I don’t want any of your blood money. I don’t want to be part of that system. We must question whether or not we want this country to continue being the wealthiest country in the world at the price of raping everybody else.”

    Stokely Carmichael Photo: Google Images
    Stokely Carmichael Photo: Google Images

    “There is a higher law than the law of government. That’s the law of conscience.”

    “If a white man wants to lynch me, that’s his problem. If he’s got the power to lynch me, that’s my problem. Racism is not a question of attitude; it’s a question of power.”

    “What a liberal really wants is to bring about change that will not in any way endanger his position.”

    “I place my own hope for the United States in the growth of belief among the unqualified that they are in fact qualified: they can articulate and be responsible and hold power.”

    Huey Newton said:

    “Youths are passed through schools that don’t teach, then forced to search for jobs that don’t exist and finally left stranded in the street to stare at the glamorous lives advertised around them.”

    “Institutions work this way. A son is murdered by the police, and nothing is done. The institutions send the victim’s family on a merry-go-round, going from one agency to another, until they wear out and give up. this is a very effective way to beat down poor and oppressed people, who do not have the time to prosecute their cases. Time is money to poor people. To go to Sacramento means loss of a day’s pay – often a loss of job. If this is a democracy, obviously it is a bourgeois democracy limited to the middle and upper classes. Only they can afford to participate in it.”

    “We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism. We must destroy both racism and capitalism.”

    “The policemen or soldiers are only a gun in the establishments hand. They make the racist secure in his racism.”

    Huey P. Newton, Black Panther party minister of defense, raises his arm as he is literally surrounded by newsmen and others at Philadelphia’s International Airport on Friday, Sept. 4, 1970 in Philadelphia upon his arrival for a three-day convention. Man at right is not identified. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)
    Huey P. Newton, Black Panther party minister of defense, raises his arm as he is literally surrounded by newsmen and others at Philadelphia’s International Airport on Friday, Sept. 4, 1970 in Philadelphia upon his arrival for a three-day convention. Man at right is not identified. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)

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