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020701 Angela Davis - Race, Power, and Prisons Since September 11

In 1992, an all white jury acquitted 4 white police officers after they brutally beat Rodney King, a black man, as he lay prone on the ground. The United States was sitting on a racial tinderbox. Fuelled by enormous inequality between whites and people of colour, it erupted. L.A. burned. 55 people died, 2300 were injured, and 13,000 were arrested, mostly Black and Latino. Smaller riots ensued around the country. Since the uprisings, we have approximately doubled our prison population. 70% of those in prison are people of colour, the majority of whom are in for non-violent drug offences. Have we addressed racial inequality in this country, or have we simply hidden the reality of racism behind bars?

Angela Davis is an internationally regarded writer, scholar and lecturer, speaking widely on the prison industrial complex. She's the author of Women, Race and Class, Women, Culture and Politics and Blues Legacies and Black Feminism. She teaches at UC Santa Cruz.


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