[PW] Seeking source of Angela Davis quote

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Sat Aug 1 04:47:09 PDT 2020

Here are the results of a preliminary search in three newspaper
databases. There was a close match in 1985. The speaker was John
George, a supervisor in Alameda County, California. He may have been
repeating a pre-existing formulation. I don't know.

Date: July 23, 1985
Newspaper: San Jose Mercury News
Newspaper Location: San Jose, California
Author: MICHAEL DORGAN (Mercury News Oakland Bureau)
Quote Page 1B
Database: NewsBank Access World News

[Begin excerpt]
John George, Alameda County's only black supervisor, tried Monday to
calm a dispute over the racial composition of the newly convened
county grand jury.
. . .
George's initial response to Apaydin's letter was to say that being
colorblind was not enough. "In a racist society, it is not enough to
be non-racist," he said. "You have to be anti-racist."
[End excerpt]

There was a thematic match in May 1977 that employed the words
non-racist, and anti-racist. The speaker was Lillian Tuskey, Principal
of the Henry St. John School in Ithaca, New York.

Date: May 16, 1977
Newspaper: The Ithaca Journal
Newspaper Location: Ithaca, New York
Article: Yum delicious
Quote Page 3, Column 2
Database: Newspapers.com

[Begin excerpt]
They must under-stand what racism is, and learn enough about other
ethnic groups to be not only non-racist, but anti-racist."
[End excerpt]

There was an ascription to Angela Davis within an August 2017
newspaper column by radio host Danny Morrison.

Date: August 22, 2017
Newspaper: Bakersfield Californian
Newspaper Location: Bakersfield, California
Article: I believe my president is a racist and it really hurts
Author: Danny Morrison
Database: NewsBank Access World News

[Begin excerpt]
"In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be
anti-racist." — Angela Davis
. . .
Danny Morrison is a radio host at the New 103.9 The Beat, host of the
'Danny Morrison Media Show" video podcast, mentor and motivational
[End excerpt]

Garson O'Toole

On Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 5:50 PM Donna Halper <dlh at donnahalper.com> wrote:
> On 7/31/2020 3:55 PM, Sandra Elaine Riggs wrote:
> > Thanks for checking. Several folks have been trying to help, but we couldn't pin anything down.
> For what it's worth, in an 18 June 1993 newspaper article,  I found the
> exact quote attributed to Rev. Joseph Barndt, a Lutheran pastor leading
> trainings in identifying and rooting out racism in the Evangelical
> Lutheran church. He may not have said it first, but he certain knew it,
> since he quoted it verbatim. And I saw versions of it, spoken by other
> black leaders, in newspapers throughout the 1990s.  But in no case was
> the quote attributed to Angela Davis.
> --
> Donna L. Halper, PhD
> Associate Professor of Communication & Media Studies
> Lesley University, Cambridge MA
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