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Freedom Is a Constant Struggle : Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement

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If Davis would pay more attention to Israel, she'd know that Israeli-Arabs/48 Palestinians have been begging the Israeli government for more policing, not less. Over recent years, alongside the rise of BLM, there has also been a renewed and rejuvenated movement to challenge the legitimacy of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Is she talking about the military occupation in the West Bank or is she talking about the entirety of Israel, as some Palestinians claim? We cannot assume that the worst is over just because white people are no longer burning crosses or screaming the n-word. A nice collection of essays, lectures, speeches and interviews in which Angela Davis challenges us to think harder, to reason more, and to question the status quo.While what she was saying needed to be repeated I felt those pages could have been better served diving deeper into the history of certain Palestinian or Turkish political prisoners instead of glossing over names.

We cannot argue for Black liberation without recognizing the struggles of Black women, Black queer people, etc. In these various speeches, interviews and essays, Angela Davis strikingly and brilliantly (as always) draws the parallels between capitalist individualism, neoliberalism and racism, poverty, repression. Freedom Is a Constant Struggle is also the first book of its kind to detail the activities of white supremacists in Mississippi, revealing how white repression and intimidation sparked black activism and simultaneously undermined the movement’s ability to achieve far-reaching goals. She is the subject of the acclaimed documentary Free Angela and All Political Prisoners and is Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I felt like I was missing the voice of someone fundamental to the movements and progressive ideals that I support, so I sought to rectify that.

This felt a lot like having coffee with a friend who's letting you ask them all the questions about something they're an expert in. Whether you've grown up with the courage and conscience of Angela Davis, or are discovering her for the first time, Freedom Is a Constant Struggle is a small book that will be a huge help in daily life and action, from exposing the "prison industrial complex" that she named long ago to understanding that leaders are only leaders if they empower others. Or, in other words, talking about "the Zionist's media's tentacles" plays into a classic antisemitic troupe of Jews controlling the world, of Jews doing evil and getting away with it because they're so powerful. This book of interviews and essays clearly distills many complex current issues, highlighting how local struggles are also global ones.

I think that a lot of that has to do with the fact that the speeches (and one interview) were literally transcribed verbatim into text here. The Genocide Convention, however, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 9, 1948, defines genocide as any killings on the basis of race, or, in it specific words, as “killing members of the group. Angela Davis is one of the most consistent and visionary intellectual activists working to enlarge our understanding of what she terms the “geographies and temporalities” of black freedom struggles. By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file.Over the last two years, the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the fault lines of inequality that run deep throughout the world. So much of what I really LIKED about Davis' ideas and observations was the interconnectedness of so many social and political movements. Understanding what it takes to really be free, to have no fear, is the first and most important step one has to make before undertaking this journey. Du Bois to the Black Panther Party, than it is today, when we are led to imagine that racial discrimination is primarily a matter of individual attitudes, that colonialism is past, and that existing capitalism is the only horizon of reasonable struggles for justice. This book is slim, partially composed of a written interview exchange between Davis and the editor, and finished up with transcriptions of recent speeches Davis has given.

It has been so thoroughly commoditized that many people don’t even know how to understand the very process of acquiring knowledge because it is subordinated to the future capacity to make money. This was resolved by the last 3 chapters, which--if I can qualify-- triggered the deepest thought and reaction. I appreciated the interviews more because of the questions asked along them, which allowed me to ask myself questions and get a broader understanding of the point trying to be made. On reading Freedom Is A Constant Struggle, one could easily approach the text with one question in mind: what does BLM have to do with Palestine? I mean, it's unsurprising that this would happen, and the more that I read on this topic and learn, the more I realize how little I know.I admire her lifelong commitment to these causes, I can't imagine where she finds the emotional energy to persist.

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