BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Imagine there are no prisons; it may be hard to do. Yet that is exactly what social activist Angela Davis challenged an audience of about 725 people to do Monday night at Lehigh University in Bethlehem. The program’s topic was “Mass Incarceration: The Prison Industrial Complex.”Yeah but the reporter Randy Kraft doesn't tell why Davis had been in jail. As written here before and on Wikipedia.
Older Americans may remember Davis as an attractive, young, black radical with a huge Afro. She has been an outspoken advocate for social justice and equality since in the late 1960s. She was a member of the U.S. Communist party and a member of the Black Panthers.
Now 70 years old, it soon became obvious age has not dulled her radical edge. She is a lecturer and a professor at the University of California-Santa Cruz, where she teaches courses on the history of consciousness and feminist studies.
She also is the author of eight books, including “Are Prisons Obsolete?” and a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex by “challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe.”
Davis shared Lehigh’s stage with Nas, introduced as one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time. His musical career has spanned more than 20 years. He has released 10 studio albums and sold more than 25 million records worldwide and received 11 Grammy nominations.
...Joining them was Dr. James Peterson, director of Africana Studies and associate professor of English at Lehigh.
With Peterson serving as moderator, the three of them sat in a living room setting, complete with a carpet and coffee table, on the stage inside Baker Hall in Zoellner Arts Center.
The enthusiastic people in the audience applauded so frequently that they sometimes drowned out the speakers while they still were talking.
...Peterson called Davis “a revolutionary activist” and “arguably the greatest activist of the 20th century,” which generated cheers and applause.
Nas told Davis he was honored to be sitting with her, because “you’re my hero.”
She in turn praised Nas, saying it is through culture that most people develop their political consciousness “so thank you for your work.”
Peterson said both Davis and Nas have addressed prison issues in their work from the very beginning, through his music and her social activism. Both said they have friends in prison. And, while she only touched on it briefly, Davis has been in jail.
On August 7, 1970, Jonathan Jackson, a heavily armed 17-year-old African-American high-school student, gained control over a courtroom in Marin County, California. Once in the courtroom, Jackson armed the black defendants and took Judge Harold Haley, the prosecutor, and three female jurors as hostages. As Jackson transported the hostages and two black convicts away from the courtroom, the police began shooting at the vehicle. The judge and the three black men were killed in the melee; one of the jurors and the prosecutor were injured.
Davis had purchased the firearms used in the attack, including the shotgun used to kill Haley, which had been bought two days prior and the barrel sawed off. Since California considers “all persons concerned in the commission of a crime, whether they directly commit the act constituting the offense... principals in any crime so committed,”Unfortunately, Davis was acquitted in 1972.
Oh, and this Nas. Michelle Malkin wrote about him in 2008, where he was complaining about Fox News for "racism" in "smearing" his false Messiah Obama.
Classy guy, huh?
And those clowns spoke at a university about prisons?
Like I said in the beginning, this is considered "higher education?"