“My name became known because I was, one might say accidentally the target of state repression and because so many people throughout the country and other parts of the world organized around the demand for my freedom.”
It was the book, Women, Culture and Politics by Angela Y. Davis that lit the spark for the Butterfly Bridge. Within this book, I discovered the real reason for the lag in female equality-no unity.
So, I decided to create a “bridge”; one that would close the gap that divides and thus allows us to be conquered….. momentarily. Womanity is on the rise 😉 !
Today, I would like to send out a special Happy Birthday to Angela Y. Davis! I wish her Health, Peace, Joy, Love and Prosperity for this new year. And I thank her for standing up and speaking out, in the midst of one of the ugliest times for minorities and women in this country. In doing so, she created a path that now leads to a Bridge made of Butterflies…..
Quotes by Angela Y. Davis:
“We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.”
“The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that position be taken on current issues as they arise and the desire that one’s contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time.”
“There is often as much heterogeneity within a black community, or more heterogeneity, than in cross-racial communities. An African-American woman might find it much easier to work together with a Chicana than with another black woman whose politics of race, class, gender, and sexuality would place her in an entirely different community. What is problematic is the degree to which nationalism has become a paradigm for our community-building processes. We need to move away form such arguments as “Well, she’s not really black.” “She comes from such-and-such a place.” “Her hair is…” “She doesn’t listen to ‘our’ music,” and so forth. What counts as black is not so important as our political commitment to engage in anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-homophobic work.”
“The early feminist argument that violence against women is not inherently a private matter, but has been privatized by the sexist structures of the state, the economy, and the family has had a powerful impact on public consciousness.”
“Media mystifications should not obfuscate a simple, perceivable fact; Black teenage girls do not create poverty by having babies. Quite the contrary, they have babies at such a young age precisely because they are poor — because they do not have the opportunity to acquire an education, because meaningful, well-paying jobs and creative forms of recreation are not accessible to them… because safe, effective forms of contraception are not available to them.”
“Revolution is a serious thing, the most serious thing about a revolutionary’s life. When one commits oneself to the struggle, it must be for a lifetime.”