“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 the knowledge will help set you free.” - Assata Shakur
Assata Shakur, born Jamaica, NY on July 16, 1947, was a political activist who took part in the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army. She is most notable for the killing of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973. Incarcerated 4 years later, she was able to liberate herself from the hegemonic prison-industrial complex and find political asylum is the ever so wonderful Cuba (thanks Comrades!).
To many Americans, on the surface, shes a “cop-killing FBI wanted terrorist” who deserves her justice. But she doesn’t. While she is an accomplice to murder, only wounding a cop, (while she was also, if not more, wounded as well), she does not deserve the label “terrorist” or “cop-killer”; she doesn’t deserve to have been put in jail for life; she doesn’t deserve to be a victim of this institutionalized racism and sexism. As stated in the letter above, she was charged for 6 different things before the shooting, fortunately, they were all dismissed or she was acquitted. This shows how the police force, the judiciary system, and the people all failed to be just, and instead demonized her due to her race, her sex, and most importantly, her ideology. The US government and the NJ police force are trying to extradite her and resume her justice for the killings, but justice isn’t charging an innocent woman with a life sentence, justice isn’t targeting PoC, mentally ill, and the poor, justice isn’t threatening lawyers of Assata and PoC. p>
I advise reading the letter above as it shows how this woman was demonized by the system she fiercely opposed, how it tried to silence her through torture, and how the prison industrial complex in the US is rampant with corruption, racism, and classism.
“Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.” -Assata: An Autobiography
Angela Davis and Assata Shakur’s Lawyer Lennox Hinds Denounce FBI’s Adding of Exiled Activist to Terrorist List
Davis: “It seems to me that this act incorporates or reflects the very logic of terrorism.[…] I can’t help but think that it’s designed to frighten people who are involved in struggles today. Forty years ago seems like it was a long time ago. In the beginning of the 21st century, we’re still fighting around the very same issues – police violence, health care, education, people in prison.”
Hinds: “We believe that putting Assata Shakur on the FBIs Ten Most Wanted list is designed to inflame the public and to characterize her as a terrorist when none of the acts alleged relates to terrorism.” […] “This is a political act pushed by the state of New Jersey, by some members of Congress from Miami, and with the intent of putting pressure on the Cuban government and to inflame public opinion […]There is no way to appeal someone being put on the terrorist list.”
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