Enjoyed this Angela Davis interview. Not to mention the online experience reading was refreshing – thanks LA Times.
On The Post-Obama Euphoric & Possibilities:
“However brief that sense of euphoria was, we should not forget that. That allows us to understand what possibilities might reside in the future. [But] many people tended to deposit so many aspirations in this single individual that they failed — we failed — to do the work [to take] better advantage of that moment.”
On Capitalism & Democracy:
“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 still believe that capitalism is the most dangerous kind of future we can imagine.”
On Prison Abolition & Transformation:
“The real goal was to re-create a democratic society that would allow for the incorporation of former slaves. [Prison abolition] would be about building a new democracy: substantive rights to economic sustenance, to healthcare; more emphasis on education than incarceration; creating new institutions that would tend to make prisons obsolete.”
On Black Panther Activism & The Right-Now:
“If one looks at the party 10-point program, every single point is as relevant or more relevant 50 years later. The 10th point includes community control of technology. That was very prescient. It’s about using technologies rather than allowing them to use us.”
“Those experiments are important because without moving into realms about which one knows nothing, there will never be any change.”
Read in full here.