Assata Shakur

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Assata Olugbala Shakur (67 years old), born as JoAnne Deborah Byron is a civil rights activist turned “domestic terrorist”. She was part of the Black Panthers and had several run-ins with the police the final one resulting in the death of a police officer. She was sentenced to life in prison but escaped and fled to Cuba where she’s been ever since. She’s the step-aunt and godmother of iconic rapper Tupac Shakur and has become a famous icon Hip Hop.
The circumstances of the incident where the New Jersey state trooper was killed is still murky. Her the details of her prosecution and her subsequent treatment was grotesque. She was put in solitary confinement for over a year in the basement of men’s prison. Many police at the time and many police today are involved with the KKK. There was systemic racism in what is effectively an apartheid state and caste system. Every previous case against her was either acquitted or dismissed. The fact that they she was able to avoid prison time in the numerous trials in an openly racist criminal justice system shows that the state had next to nothing her. The state had pretty much predetermined that the trial for the murder of the state trooper was the(emphasis) case and that no matter what she was going to prison.
The BLA (Black Liberation Army) is now (retroactively) considered a terrorist group. She is now (retroactively) being considered a domestic terrorist. The state is offering 2 million dollars for her whereabouts. We know she is in Cuba and Cuba is only so big. The word terrorist has pretty much no value behind in this country anymore. And pretty much means actions conducted by people the state doesn’t like for whatever reason especially back then. The FBI systematically assassinated, stalked and imprisoned anyone who was prominent for dissent and equality (state sponsored terrorism). Various charges brought up against civil rights leaders back then were bunk. The nation was filled with kangaroo courts and black people were deemed guilty beginning, middle and end. And let’s be clear her new status as a “domestic terrorist” came all the way from the top *stares at President Obama and Attorney General Erik Holder
They will say that the BLA conducted a number of terrorist acts such as assassinations, assaults, hijackings, bombings etc. However, let me stop you right there. The ANC a long with Nelson Mandela were considered terrorists by the U.S. government. The founding fathers would be considered terrorists to the British Empire. To the Romans Spartacus was a terrorist.To the Spaniards Simon Bolivar was a terrorist. It is unreasonable to say that people living under complete socioeconomic, political, and cultural oppression (oppression applied with coercion of course) cannot under any circumstances respond with force. One mans revolutionary is another man’s terrorist. That’s the problem with tyranny you never know if you’re going to get Ghandi or Osama bin Laden. And no one can argue that under every circumstance I just listed that their was a peaceful rational alternative that was going to take place within a reasonable amount of time. I’m not advocating violence but some responses are inevitable. The way this country was set up back then even Ghandi would’ve been an enemy of the state just like Martin Luther King Jr. All of this is a result of the state manufacturing narrow minded narratives for mass consumption, constantly revising (distorting) the facts and redefining certain “trigger” words to get an emotional (over)reaction from the populous.
To act as if the state has leeway and moral high ground in this situation to be narrow minded, passive, and docile. This was the same government that participated in the disgusting Tuskegee experiments, mind control with Project MK Ultra, employed the Nazis, endorsed dictators and death squads, overthrew democratically elected governments, and assassinated it’s own citizens among many other hideous dirty deeds done in the dark.
Also the death of the state trooper is tragic but we can’t assume he was a saint simply because he had a badge especially in a time where the police were basically the enforcers and overseers of state sponsored racism and discrimination. On top of the fact that this is an elderly woman isn’t there bigger fish to fry. And can people stop assuming that everything the government says is fact and that every narrative the government puts out is exactly what took place and nothing is ever left out and or distorted. This is the 21st century looking back on one of the worst periods of American history and acting as if the state was never disingenuous is incredibly adolescent.

For the details of the case and Assata Shakur’s life you can read this article:
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jul/13/assata-shakur-civil-rights-activist-fbi-most-wanted

“No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free.”
― Assata Shakur

“People get used to anything. The less you think about your oppression, the more your tolerance for it grows. After a while, people just think oppression is the normal state of things. But to become free, you have to be acutely aware of being a slave.”
― Assata Shakur

“A revolutionary woman can’t have no reactionary man.”
― Assata Shakur

“If you are deaf, dumb, and blind to what’s happening in the world, you’re under no obligation to do anything. But if you know what’s happening and you don’t do anything but sit on your ass, then you’re nothing but a punk.”
― Assata Shakur

“Dreams and reality are opposites. Action synthesizes them.”
― Assata Shakur

“People are tried and convicted in the newspapers and on television before they ever see a courtroom.”
― Assata Shakur

“Throughout amerika’s history, people have been imprisoned because of their political beliefs and charged with criminal acts in order to justify that imprisonment.

Those who have dared to speak out against the injustices in this country, both Black and white, have paid dearly for their courage, sometimes with their lives.”
― Assata Shakur

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