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Longtime social justice activist Angela Davis uneasy with Kamala Harris’ ‘difficult history’


Longtime activist, author and prison abolitionist Angela Davis wasn’t excited to hear that Joe Biden picked Sen. Kamala Harris to be his running mate, citing the former prosecutor and state attorney general’s “difficult history.”

Davis, 76, a professor emerita at UC Santa Cruz, said Thursday during an online fundraiser that she “wasn’t excited at all” about Biden either, “particularly given his history in relation to mass incarceration and other issues.”

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker called Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee-to-be, “the architect of mass incarceration” in a presidential debate last year for authoring a 1994 crime bill toughening sentences for many federal crimes.

“Kamala Harris has a difficult history,” Davis said without elaborating during the online event, which raised $80,000 for Courage California, a 1.4 million-member progressive organization.

Davis has endeared herself to a new generation of racial justice activists, many of whom were born decades after she entered the national spotlight for opposition to the Vietnam War and membership in the Black Panthers.

She spoke in June during a rally at a one-day labor shutdown at […]

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