Violence as Literacy

Angela Davis’ response to the question “how do you get there [a revolution]” is a well thought out and intelligent response. She says that to be black living in a “white” world is to be surrounded by violence and hardship, but that issue is not made apparent in society. She says that the the important part about revolutions is the goal you are striving for, not the way in which you get there. I believe she says that violence is not imperative to revolution, but it is to be expected to reach goals of that degree, and it can be expected as a reaction by civilians. She describes her life as a black woman and being victimized by police before any revolutions took place. Also, she describes her childhood in a violent area and her friends being killed. The question of if she ‘approves’ of violence is a silly one, because violence has been all around her her entire life.

When I search the Black Panther Party online, I find biographies and photos of the group. The group is mostly described as a self-defense group and a militant group. The third suggestion on google when I type “black panther” is “black panther crimes”. This could mean that people have a negative opinion¬†about the group. A headline of a website I see is “Rage and Ruin: On the Black Panther Party”. This is using pathos to show us they are full of rage and ready for a revolution. The language chosen to describe the black panthers show us how their actions have meaning and purpose.


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