Interview with Angela Davis

How would you characterize the growing opposition that the movement was confronting?


There was, ah, terrible, ah, repression during that period. I, ah, ah, had never experienced anything like that in my life. And I realize, looking back, that, ah, we lived, ah, in a war zone. I could receive a telephone call from someone with whom I was active in SNCC for example and she or he might say, "My house is surrounded by the police. Call as many people as possible because we need support." That was quite usual. So that we expected, ah, every moment that we might be confronted with, ah, ah, an armed attack. And I, I don't know if I can get that across, that feeling today, except by saying that, ah, it was, ah, as if were involved in battle. Now, many people during that era, precisely because of the organized police attack on the Black Liberation Movement and specifically on the Black Panther Party. We know that J. Edgar Hoover orchestrated a national assault on the Black Panther Party in particular and other organizations that were militant, ah, representatives of the Black community at that time. There were many people who, as a result of that repression, ah, call the period, fascist. I was one of those who was opposed to, ah, arguing that we lived in an era of full blown fascism.


I'm just going to run out of film on this.