“Well for one, the 13th amendment to the constitution of the US which abolished slavery – did not abolish slavery for those convicted of a crime”
Angela Davis is such an inspiring female figure. She became a black power icon when she involved herself in the Black Panther Movement. The Black Panther Party For Self Defense picked up their weapons approximately 50 years ago. They started a revolution because they considered the police to be racist pigs that slaughtered blacks in the streets. Most of the victims were completely innocent, violently beat and thrown in jail for no reason. She became an international icon, who fought for civil rights and black liberation. She was the third women in American history to be put on the FBI’s most wanted list. She was charged with murder, kidnapping and conspiracy against the government, which meant if she was found guilty she could have been sentenced to death. This was a scary reality for Angela Davis that she was forced to live through three different times, but thanks to many different supporting campaigns she never had to face that reality.
Due to these false accusations she was fired from of her position at UCLA. Even though these were major challenges for her to overcome, she refused to give up her fight for freedom for all African American citizens.
The guns that the Black Panthers had were a symbol of resistance, Angela Davis also armed herself with weapons during this time.
The Black Panthers were so much more then citizens at the time gave them credit for. They provided free breakfast programs for children who were to poor to afford food, as well as free healthcare and education for those in need. Many of these we still use today.
Angela Davis has very strong opinions on the justice system due to her past experiences. She is an advocate for abolishing our current prison system altogether. She does not agree with the three strikes and you’re out policy, due to the fact that so many people have been put into prison due to minor charges like possessing marijuana. The prison rates have risen so high because of minor drug charges. One in nine people who are put on death row are innocent and she can relate very personally to this. She believes that we need to find a better way to punish those who have committed real crimes, and start using the funds that go to prisons to go to education purposes.
She believes that we need to address the issue at the very roots. Why are these people really committing these horrible acts? No matter how many people we put in prison for committing violent acts against women, it does not stop future generations from stopping violence against women. We need to get to the bottom of why people are doing these terrible acts to begin with.
She also makes an argument that due to the high numbers of African Americans incarcerated that our ‘justice’ system more closely resembles a new form of slavery then justice of any kind. Personally I agree with this, seeing as many statistics of the rates of African Americans are significantly higher then any other race. It is just a new form of oppression that has been created that we must find a way to stop.
Abolishing the death penalty completely is a very hard question to consider. Germany does not allow the death penalty because of their history. Do we really have the right to put people to death ? Personally I believe that most people have humanity in them no matter the worst thing they do. Just because someone tells one lie does not define them as a liar for life. But what about the people who have committed mass murders, and violence against women, child rapist ? Should these people be sentenced to death or put into prison’s on the tax payer’s dime? I believe that no matter what kind of system is set in place for our justice system, its always going to be corrupt, or imperfect. If half the money spent on prisons were funded to our schools, our schools financial situations would be so much more better off.
It becomes a question of what is morally right. Is it morally right to act as god and put people death ? If so many other countries do not allow this then why do we ? Angela Davis raises really hard questions about our Justice system that other people have just been too afraid to ask. Angela Davis is important because she speaks with confidence and fights against injustice. She is not afraid to ask important moral questions that will ultimately lead us to a better world.
She wish for a world where we truly do have equal rights, with no more oppression against African Americans. If people are going to be sent to prison, it should be because they truly did something wrong. Angle Davis is a strong female icon that many young girls should look up to and admire the fearless way she has chosen to live her life.