"For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?"
— Bell Hooks (via wordsnquotes)
"The prison therefore functions ideologically as an abstract site into which undesirables are deposited, relieving of us of the responsibility of thinking about the real issues afflicting those communities from which prisoners are drawn in such disproportionate numbers. This is the ideological work the prison performs - it relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism."
— Angela Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete? (via commiekinkshamer)
"Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to cages"
— Angela Davis (via socialjusticewarriorgirl)
"Black women have had to develop a larger vision of our society than perhaps any other group. They have had to understand white men, white women, and black men. And they have had to understand themselves. When black women win victories, it is a boost for virtually every segment of society."
- Angela Davis, activist, author, educator
Happy 70th birthday to one of my favourite sheroes ever!