By Assata Shakur
On could 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a health facility, with regards to dying, handcuffed to her mattress, whereas neighborhood, country, and federal police tried to query her in regards to the shootout at the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the lifetime of a white kingdom trooper. lengthy a goal of J. Edgar Hoover's crusade to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist corporations and their leaders, Shakur was once incarcerated for 4 years sooner than her conviction on flimsy proof in 1977 as an associate to murder.
This intensely own and political autobiography belies the fearsome photo of JoAnne Chesimard lengthy projected through the media and the kingdom. With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the reviews that led her to a lifetime of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual dying of Black and White innovative teams on the hand of government officers. the result's a sign contribution to the literature approximately becoming up Black in the USA that has already taken its position along The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou.
Two years after her conviction, Assata Shakur escaped from felony. She used to be given political asylum by means of Cuba, the place she now resides.
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I have seen the kind become the blind and the blind become the bind in one easy lesson. I have walked on cut glass. I have eaten crow and blunder bread and breathed the stench of indifference. Š I have been locked by the lawless! Handcuffed by the haters. Gagged by the greedy. And, if i know any thing at all, it’s that a wall is just a wall and nothing more at all. It can be broken down. Š I believe in living. I believe in birth. I believe in the sweat of love and in the fire of truth. Š And i believe that a lost ship, steered by tired, seasick sailors, can still be guided home to port.
This lifting of her image out of the past for very contemporary purposes serves to justify the consolidation of a vast prison industrial complex, which Assata herself has described as “. . ” As the above quotation reveals, Assata remains very much engaged with contemporary radical politics specific to the United States, even though she has been unable to visit this country since her escape from prison and her decision to settle in Cuba many years ago. As you read her extraordinary autobiography, you will discover a woman who has nothing in common with the hostile representations that refuse to expire.
On February 12, 1973, four months before Assata was apprehended on the New Jersey Turnpike, New York magazine published an article under the title “Target Blue,” written by Robert Daley, an excerpt of this book of the same title. The cover of the magazine depicted a uniformed police officer. S. Government. ” Notwithstanding this trial by media, the only indictment against Assata for killing a police officer was dismissed in October 1974 for lack of evidence. As the chart that follows this essay shows, on May 2, 1973, when the shooting on the New Jersey Turnpike occurred, Assata was “wanted” for all these crimes.