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Friday, January 22, 2010

Angela Davis at UMKC

Angela Davis' lectern was unstable. It wobbled throughout her presentation at Friday's Second Annual Martin Luther King Keynote Address in UMKC's Swinney Recreation Center.

Davis was also somewhat shaky. Compared to last year's riveting address by Cornel West, Davis was completely out of sorts.

Her presentation was less a proper speech than a laundry list of grievances and general suggestions for societal improvement. Her constant digressions, while usually interesting, were rarely relevant. In fact, she felt obliged to say "and my point is..." at least half a dozen times.

Davis often seemed as if she was offering a parody of political correctness. For instance, she suggested that among the oppressed constituencies currently without "civil rights" are prisoners, "immigrants," "the LGBTI community," the environment and animals. Her repeated detailed listings of the various types of trans-gendered persons was also rather odd.

It wasn't all worthless socialist boilerplate. I applaud Davis' plea for increased citizen "engagement." "It's not his responsibility," Davis noted of Obama's progress as President. "It's our responsibility."


  • At 9:18 AM, Blogger bgo said…

    Welcome to the world of political punditry. Perhaps a change in direction is blowing in the wind.

  • At 1:40 PM, Anonymous KClowlife said…

    I didn't go to this year's event but did attend last year with Dr. Cornell West. He's a hard one to follow, there's no doubt.

  • At 11:59 AM, Blogger The DLC said…

    I enjoyed the talk, but agree that she didn't come across as particularly organized. I like that she pushed people to get out of their comfort zones and include more groups under the banner of civil rights.

  • At 7:09 PM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    A proper pundit, BGO, would have tied her speech to the news from MA and the demise of Air America. I need more practice.

    Yeah, it's not fair of me to compare the two, KCL.

    She certainly accomplished that, The DLC.


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