Interview with Angela Davis
QUESTION 13
INTERVIEWER:

What were the particular reactions of some of your fellow female inmates to some of the contents of George Jackson's book?

ANGELA DAVIS:

Well, the women in the New York Women's House of Detention who had the opportunity to read, ah, George's book felt extremely enlightened, ah, by his ideas. But they were also disturbed by his negative attitudes toward women and in particular his mother but specifically his attitudes toward Black women. And, of course, that was a direct reflection of the ideological climate. The period following 1965 saw concerted, systematic propagandistic and ideological attacks on Black women. We were called emasculating females. We were being held responsible for collaborating in the oppression that, ah, hurt, ah, Black men. And George Jackson, ah, unfortunately, ah, accepted some of these ideas, ah, in an uncritical fashion, which come through in "Soledad Brother".