op-ed: angela davis, “from michael brown to assata shakur, the racist state of america persists”

November 3, 2014

On Saturday, the UK’S Guardian newspaper shared an article written by political activist and author Angela Davis. In the insightful piece, the former leader of the Communist party USA and Black Panther party ally discusses topics from Michael Brown to the American establishment’s treatment of Black Panther activist, Assata Shakur. Davis goes on to state, what many of us know to be true, that “the racist state of America persists”; and for those who have argued that Michael Brown and Trayvon are isolated cases, Davis crushes this assumption with the following words: ‘Trayvon Martin in Florida and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, are only the most widely known of the countless numbers of black people killed by police or vigilantes during the Obama administration. And they, in turn, represent an unbroken stream of racist violence, both official and extra-legal, from slave patrols and the Ku Klux Klan, to contemporary profiling practices and present-day vigilantes.’ Read the entire article HERE.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor