The Language of Violence

English, Spanish, French – these are all languages. Violence is also a type of language. In the interview with Angela Davis in 1972, she discusses the violence that she has seen and experienced throughout her life. Whenever a black family moved into a new neighborhood, there would be bloodshed, her father had to carry a gun around all the time for protection, bombs exploded on the street she lived on, getting stopped in the street by the police for no reason. These incidents are a few examples of violence she provides in the interview. In this sense, she is well versed in the language of violence because she has seen and experienced it first-hand. The interviewer, on the other hand, is illiterate in the language of violence because he has never experienced it the same way that Angela and other black individuals have.

When I looked up the Black Panther Party on the Internet, the first few search results were from Wikipedia and other online encyclopedias explaining the origins and history of the group. The next few search results were from online news sources and magazines talking about Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance and how the dancers in her performance were dressed like members of the Black Panther Party. Some sources praise her performance for honoring the Black Panther Party, but most sources disagree and criticize her performance and bring up the “violent” acts of the Black Panther Party.

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