FBI billboards not about Assata Shakur; it’s about repressing the black community
May 5, 2013
Following the ludicrous announcement that the Obama administration has placed Assata Shakur on its “most wanted terrorist list”, the FBI has erected billboards in Newark, New Jersey announcing its recently increased $2 million dollar reward. However, any critically thinking person knows that these billboards are not about capturing Assata Shakur but sending a message to the rest of us. Interestingly, perhaps just a coincidence or not, Newark, New Jersey is the place where a theater co-owned by Shaquille O’Neil, recently reneged on an agreement to show a popular independent film about the life of another former member of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Is Assata Shakur in New Jersey? No, she is not and the FBI and the Obama administration know exactly where she is, in Cuba where she has lived since being granted political asylum by its government in 1979 after escaping from prison.
This is not about Assata Shakur, it is about sending a message to the Black community and those that live within it who stand up to police violence, oppression and murder of residents, one of the very reasons for the formation of the Black Panthers. It is about the political repression of those who advocate on the behalf of the many political prisons being held by the United States government often in torturous conditions. It is about sending a message to anyone who would take up arms in defense of life, liberty and true freedom in a country that is home to the largest prison population in the world which the federal government and various corporations use as slave labor. It is about sending a message to those that would dare stand up and point out that the US government is the most violent entity on the planet and one that commits acts of terrorism against non-white people and nations on behalf of maintaining the American imperialist status-quo.
Why else would the U.S. government seek to name Assata Shakur as a domestic terrorist after all these decades? We are talking about a woman who was shot twice while attempting to give herself up to police who were co-operating with Federal authorities to target and assassinate or otherwise eliminate members of the Black Liberation movement just as they had done and admitted in a civil lawsuit to doing to Martin Luther King Jr.
The FBI and its corporate media wing fail to report the details of the sham case built against Assata Shakur after failing to win convictions on other trump up charges. The corporate media is failing to point out that a police officer, a state witness against Assata Shakur for the murder of another police officer, has recanted his testimony and admitted to lying on the stand. Medical personnel stated that because of nerves severed by a bullet, Assata Shakur would have been physically prevented from firing a weapon and it was also stated that her wounds indicate her hands were raised when she was shot consistent with her claim that she was giving herself up.
Just as Assata Shakur has pointed out that COINTELPRO utilized and received full cooperation from the corporate media to demonize and alienate freedom fighters from the people who supported them, corporate media today is still fulfilling that role. The concept of a free and independent press in America has always been a fraud and it remains so today.
West Indian Arrivals: West Indian immigrants arrive in London, after their journey from Southampton Docks, 1956.
State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes said at a news conference Thursday that the case was “an open wound” for troopers in New Jersey and around the country. Yet the FBI’s full-scale assault on the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s remains an open wound for the nation itself
At the time of the Boston murders, during the ‘wild and bloody spring’ of 1979, Black feminist Barbara Smith wrote in her own journals that ‘the truth that I’ve always talked about that at bottom Black feminism is about keeping Black women alive, is made frighteningly real.’ The challenge facing ‘feminism’ unmodified is this: the ‘women’ in ‘women’s liberation’ exist by way of violence against Black women. Black feminism cannot be seen as simply a call for more attention to particularities, but as a movement that short-circuits the very constitution of ‘woman’ as a coherent entity. The power of Black feminism, as Hortense Spillers observed, lies in ‘claiming the monstrosity,’ the potential to ‘rewrite afterall a radically different text for a female empowerment.’
Whites as a whole have been reluctant to do the work (that some whites have done) to eradicate racism from white-dominated Left movements, feminism included. We don’t yet know, even at this late date, how to work towards the flourishing of Black life rather than the maintenance of Black life under the conditions of social death.
Too often, Black women’s survival is seen as the exclusive province of Black feminism. But it seems to me that working to keep Black women alive and flourishing could be the revolutionary pursuit. Concern for the well-being of Black women’s lives without intrusion or condescension, without the assumption that concern and protection grant access to Black women’s bodies, should be the task of feminism. This might be precisely the work of un-women’s liberation.
Only in America: Black boy found beaten to death in a rolled up gym mat, but “no foul play suspected”.
welcome to fucking america
Oh, this must be black privilege
Some fucked up shit.
LETS SPREAD THIS FAR AS FUCK!!!!!!!!
Cleopatra’s Underwater Palace, Egypt
I still don’t get why no one is LOSING THEIR FUCKING SHIT OVER THIS FIND
iT SURVIVED THE EARTHQUAKE THAT LEVELED THE REST OF THE CITY IN 365 A.D.
CLEOPATRA’S FUCKING PALACE
WITH INTACT FUCKING STATUARY
NOT TO MENTION THE REST OF THE FUCKING ENTIRE GODDAMN ISLAND OF ANTIRRHODOS INCLUDING THE ANCIENT PORT OF ALEXANDRIA
AND THEY’RE GONNA BUILD A MOTHERFUCKING UNDERWATER MUSEUM
can I be a mermaid tour guide there or some shit, you don’t even have to pay me i will just live there forever oh my fucking god
Saving every dollar just for when this is ready
Dorothy Dandridge at her California home, 1962.
and for those interested, you can find the report HERE
Just in case any dudebros are unclear on what this means: it means that your buddy who totally just had some bitch trying to ruin his life by accusing him of rape…almost certainly actually did rape her.
Just keep that in mind.
Yeah man, imagine that, bitches don’t be lying.
Can we put this into context? It means that 99.4% of rape allegations are true.
It means that 99.4% of rape allegations are true.