From the archives of the UCLA Communications Studies Department. Digitized 2013. The views and ideas expressed in these videos are not necessarily shared by …
It’s been 45 years, but some of the concepts that Angela Davis brought up in 1969 still plague our society today—unequal access to education, high rates of unemployment and poverty, blatant discrimination, inadequate living conditions, malnutrition, forced voicelessness.
But, more importantly, a lot of these issues transcend time simply because we don’t take the time to question value systems forced upon us. We (myself included) passively accept concepts by throwing out phrases like, “That’s just the way things are,” when we, in fact, help shape the world we live in every single day. When I scroll through my Facebook newsfeed, my contacts who post “selfies” or ‘ironic’ statuses ending with hashtags like “firstworldproblems” or “thestruggleisreal” get more likes than my friends who post meaningful articles about topics like gender roles, rape culture, institutional racism, and/or liberation struggles (just to name a few topics that actually are real).
In Davis’s words, “We have to learn from history, if only for the purpose of avoiding from past errors. We have to learn how to not to reduplicate the brutality of past history…and I know that a lot of you feel this fight is very important, but of course, you know, you have to get good grades. You have to do a lot of studying. Your faculty members have research projects that are very important…[but] I think we have to establish some priorities. We have to ask ourselves whether we are going to make an effort now towards individual fulfillment or wage a fight for a more humane society.”
So, here’s my “#tbt”.
Or maybe I should be more forceful with my hashtags… #phoneshaveappsfornewsnotjustgamesandpictures #goreadabook #theworldisalotbiggerthanyouare