Angela Davis-Talking About Revolution


Angela Davis talks about how people assume that a revolutionary means violence. “The real content of any revolution lies in the goals and the principles that you’re striving for, not in the way you reach them.” She says that because the way that society is organized, you have to expect that their will be violence. Davis wants the audience to understand the issues that Black Americans go through on an everyday basis. That they are constantly being stopped for unnecessary reasons, and this is probably why the Black Panther Party was started. They needed change.

The Black Panther Party (BPP) was founded on 1966 in Oakland, California. The BPP was founded by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. The Panthers played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement. They believed that the non-violent campaign of Martin Luther King had failed, and it would take too long in order for change to occur. They believed in a “revolutionary war” but since they considered themselves an African-American party, they were willing to speak out for those who oppressed from whatever minority group. They were willing to use violence to get what they wanted. The Panthers combined elements of socialism and Black Nationalism, while also promoting the development of strong Black controlled institutions, calling for Blacks to work together and to protect their rights and to improve their economic and social conditions.

One of the forms of rhetoric that stuck out to me when I was watching Angela Davis’ interview was pathos. She discusses her personal experiences of living in Los Angeles, California. Davis talks about how she was often stopped by white policemen and she supposed that they thought she was a black militant. She also talks more about her life in Birmingham, Alabama and how there were always bombs going off. Davis’ personal experiences informs the audience some of the issues Blacks went through during the Civil Rights Movement. In the interview, Davis used the rhetoric form of kairos. She used the time she received during the interview, while also being filmed, to explain her experiences of being a Black person in the Civil Rights Movement and her participation in the Black Panther Party.



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