A fake quote still hangs at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (update)

This is an update of this fanpost:

The quote "I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept," credited to "Angela Davis, American political activist, educator, and author," is at Barclays Center. Someone paid over $10,000 for that quotation to be up there for four weeks.

I did research and I found that the quote was in circulation in another form since the 1970s, and in this form since about 2010. Angela Davis was credited on Twitter in March 2013. There is no evidence that the quotation is originally hers. A 2012 poster associated the quote with a picture of an Native American.

Norman Oder (writer of the first and last cites above) queried Angela Davis about the quotation on July 19th:

Angela Davis has yet to respond. This is not a difficult question. Davis surely knows that her name and image have been used in association with this quotation. She should know if/when she said it.

I have asked the Brooklyn Nets to look into this. There has been no response.


I have said that the billionaire owners of the Brooklyn Nets and the New Orleans Pelicans can honor the black lives who gave us "Big Apple" and "Big Easy." They can help by digitizing newspapers that are currently locked up in closed libraries. Chronicling America (Library of Congress and the National Digital Newspaper Project) and do this all the time.

A person from the New Orleans Saints (owner Gayle Benson also owns the New Orleans Pelicans) responded and was very enthusiastic.

The Brooklyn Nets (a team of which I have been a fan for over 45 years) never responded.

For the price of that fake quote at the Barclays Center, the Nets could have bought Harlem's 1934 "Big Apple" sign. They could have digitized some years of the New York Morning Telegraph in the 1920s, showing the original "Big Apple" citations. They could have put these "Big Apple" quotes in that sign instead:

Maybe the Brooklyn Nets will respond to a longtime fan. Maybe black lives matter to the Nets, maybe my life matters, and maybe a truthful quotation at Barclays Center matters.

I still wait for any response.