Watch Angela Davis and Nas Discuss the Prison-Industrial Complex

In this video, activist Angela Davis and musician Nas talk with Dr. James Peterson as part of Lehigh University’s event: “The Incarcerated Justice Series: Civil Rights in the 21st Century.”

Nas discusses his upbringing in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and the way drugs and police surveillance effected his community and personal development.  Davis talks about her work in prison abolition, recollecting her then disbelief that over 200,00 people were in prison in the US when she was imprisoned in the 1970s. Today, the US prison population exceeds 2 million.

Davis also cites W.E.B. Du Bois, who suggested that new democratic institutions should be created to incorporate former slaves outside of the prevailing democratic systems. “Of course, that never happened,” Davis notes, “we’re dealing with the consequences of that today.”

[H/T NewBlackMan (in Exile)]


  • aeiou

    not cool: the video is embedded as “autoplay”, it automatically starts playing when the site is opened or when it’s loaded in a blog-reader. i’m reading your blog in my feedly-reader and while i was checking my daily blogroll there was this interview playing along for 20 minutes until i finally found the culprit and could put it off. I’d recommend putting any auto-play off in future…