Book Review: Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis

Title: Freedom is a Constant Struggle
Author: Angela Y. Davis
Published: 2015
Genre: Non-Fiction – Social Issues

Synopsis: Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality, and prison abolitionism for today’s struggles, Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles, from the Black Freedom Movement to the South African anti-Apartheid movement. She highlights connections and analyzes today’s struggles against state terror, from Ferguson to Palestine.

 My Rating: 8igbk4dbt8igbk4dbt8igbk4dbt8igbk4dbt
In this collection from international activist Angela Davis we explore the themes of black feminism, prison abolition, intersectionality, Palestine and Assata Shakur (and really many more). The first half of the collection is answers to various questions. The second half is a collection of articles and speeches Davis has done.
Without doubt, this collection is hard-hitting, it is eye-opening, informative and inspirational coming from a woman who has spent her life trying to bring about social change. Davis offers an alternative narrative to what has been dictated to us in the USA for decades. Being once in the FBI’s Most Wanted list she questions where governmental decisions come from and how the narrative affects our view of things.
She discusses the Black Lives Matter movements, the militarization of the local police and how continuous the struggle is for true freedom. Without doubt, many of the themes are radical but they’re only radical because we’re so accustomed to a patriarchal, racist and capitalist society. The only reason this did not get a 5 star for me is because towards the end a lot of it became repetitive, the last 50 pages of so I felt I didn’t really learn anything new as it had all been discussed before. However, overall, this is an incredible book.
I highly recommend this especially if you’d like to educate yourself on various social topics.

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