Since the late '60s, Dr. Angela Davis has been a passionate opponent of racism, hatred and many other social ills which she directly links to the capitalist system. This scathing spoken word release riffs on a familiar theme: that US prisons serve not as punishment centers for criminals but detainment facilities for selectively charged and unfairly sentenced segments of the population — mostly blacks and Latinos, but also women. On such tracks as "Young Black Men & Prison," and "Race, Class and Incarceration," Dr. Davis charges that inferior legal representation, class bias in courts, bigoted attitudes among jurors and hard-hearted judges all conspire to send black youth and poor people to prison for crimes while the rich cut deals and avoid imprisonment. Though she can sometimes become a bit pedantic, Dr. Davis is also savvy about boosting the force and vigor in her tone, driving home her message that the American judicial system has serious and fundamental flaws.
By Ron Wynn on 04.22.11 in Reviews
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By Amelia Raitt on 04.22.11 in Reviews
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By Douglas Wolk on 08.24.14 in Reviews
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By Maura Johnston on 07.23.14 in Features
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