50 years on from the revolutionary days of May 1968, one the most famous figureheads of the time, Dr. Angela Davis delivered an unfiltered and unapologetic lecture on the history of consciousness, and we’d expect nothing less from a woman who marches to the beat of her own drum.
Davis began her 2-hour talk at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, expressing her gratitude to the audience who attended amid hurricane Michael. “I can’t continue without asking why there are still those who question the impact of global warming,” she opened, candidly.
“When we speak about the ground zero of social justice [it] is environmental justice,” said Davis. “If there is no planet left then why would we want to struggle for an end to racism, sexism, and homophobia?”
Reflecting on the five tumultuous decades of struggle that have defined the current state of American culture and perhaps other parts of the world, a timeline of 1968’s simmering political and cultural resentments is a discussion that needs to be had, according to the activist.
The Alabama native grew up during a period that was characterized by people fighting for freedom in the United States, France, Mexico, and South Africa. A time where she witnessed the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King and John F., the controversial election of former President Richard Nixon, student-led revolts in Paris, John Carlos’ Black Power salute on the podium with Tommie Smith at the 1968 Olympics, to now Colin Kaepernick following the footsteps of that era today. There isn’t much Davis’ eyes haven’t seen in her 74 years of life, to simply put it.
“I think that Colin Kaepernick is really an amazing figure. He and some of the other athletes that have demonstrated that it is possible to speak to people all over the world through such actions as the one he chose to engage,” she said, sharing admiration for the Nike ambassador’s “kneeling” protest. “I’ll be seeing Colin Kaepernick in the near future on how to use that situation to encourage people of the damage Nike also does because we live in a capitalistic world. Capitalism affects everything we do. I too am a product of capitalism,” she continued.
Further dissecting the modes that are interconnected to America’s constant arenas of adversity. She takes a dabble on the saturated subject of inclusivity and gun violence.
“The political ways in which we use these categories that are so ideologically infected. We should be more inclusive women of all racial backgrounds including trans-women. Racist and misogynistic violence is not a consequence of bad racism; the violence happens because of institutional complacency,” she closes.
Rudy Giuliani suggests Omarosa is Playing with Fire amid the Release of Audio Recordings
Former aid to the president Omarosa Manigault Newman released yet another confidential audio recording Monday that revealed a heated conversation with President Donald Trump, as she threatened to “blow the whistle” on the White House malfeasance.
Newman voluntarily shared the audio on NBC’s “Today” show, exposing her phone call with Trump after being let go from the White House. From what was heard, it seems Trump was in a state of oblivion, mentioning “nobody even told me about it.”
Manigault Newman may be playing with fire after receiving backlash from Trump’s associates and national security for discharging such sensitive information with the public, including the recording of her firing by chief of staff John Kelly in an apparent high-security location.
Although Trump appearing clueless to her dismissal, Manigault Newman strongly believes he gave Kelly the green light to fire her, offering no evidence.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Monday: “I’m not going to get into the tick tock of who knew what when, but the president makes the decisions.”
He added: “For her to go out and praise the president lavishly after she left her post and tell the truth about how much work he’s done for the African American community and who he is as a person, I guess that wasn’t paying the bills.”
Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, spoke out on “Fox and Friends” Monday stating that Manigault Newman has, in fact, broken the law by recording private conversations at the White House. “She’s certainly violating national security regulations, which I think have the force of law.”
Manigault Newman claims she recorded the audio for her own safety, but the breach of information will possibly put her in dangerous territory.
Her tell-all book “Unhinged” is in stores this week, beginning on Tuesday, detailing further into the internal White House corruption.
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