USA: Interview with Angela Davis about Structural Racism in Policing
Well-known American writer and human right activist Angela Davis commented on the reasons for mass protests taking place in the USA triggered by the death of George Floyd in an interview with RT's Afshin Rattansi on Saturday.
"I think the world is able to see that this nation is far from healthy that our police departments are the most dramatic expression of structural racism, that our prisons are full of black people and Latinos, that we have to have an abolitionist imagination if we want to guarantee a future for our city our state, our nation and for the world," Davis said.
The writer pointed out US police departments have received anti-insurgency training in Israel and that was revealed in 2014 amid Ferguson uprisings, saying there is a connection between protests in Palestine and those in the US.
"We have learned that many police departments including small ones like the Ferguson Police Department have received anti-insurgency training by the Israeli military. And also, I've heard that Minneapolis police have received training from Israel. I am not sure about the particular officers who have been accused of the murder of George Floyd. But I think we need to remember is that there is still an important connection between struggles in the US and the struggles in Palestine. This connection was made in 1960s, it was made again in 2014 and it needs to be emphasised today," she said.
As a human rights activist Davis wanted people to understand that in order to combat racism one needs to do "a great deal more than take a knee like Colin Kaepernik did. A great deal more than wear a kente cloth" citing the recent events in the political life of the US. 46-year-old George Floyd died in Minneapolis on May 25 after a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes as he was recorded saying, "I can't breathe" and "Don't kill me." Four officers involved in the incident have since been fired. The officer who knelt on Floyd was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. The event sparked mass protests against racism and police brutality across the globe.