[ View the story "Why Assata? Why now?" on Storify] Why Assata? Why now? The internet reacts to first woman to make the FBI's 'most wanted' list.
The Stream· Mon, May 06 2013 14:44:54
assata Shakur is a Freedom Dighter. Download a PDF copy of this image here: http:/bit.ly/16x5OWDdignidadrebelde
, whose birth name is Joanne Chesimard, is known for being a former member of the Black Panther Party; a revolutionary socialist organisation involved in the US Black Power movement of the 1960s and 1970s. She was convicted in 1973 of killing a New Jersey police officer in a shoot-out, which also claimed the life of a fellow activist. In 1979, she managed to escape from jail and flee to Cuba, where she currently has political asylum.
Assata explained in an
, "I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the U.S. government’s policy towards people of color."
Some took issue with giving Shakur the title of terrorist.
#Assata was convicted of killing a police officer. The killing of police officers is a terrorist act? #HandsOffAssata Child of Zora
!!!! RT @EvetteDionne: Are the killings of people of color by police officers also considered acts of terror? #HandsOffAssataJess :)
40 years ago #Assata Shakur MURDERED NJ State Police officer Werner Foerster. Escaped prison in '79. Living free in Cuba since 84 #scumJoshua Crompton
If we allow this to happen, we are next! #read learn the #truth #handsoffassataminktresses
Others disagreed with the level of importance placed on capturing her.
barack obama has a kill list and sends drone bombs to kill w/o proof. but assata shakur is #1 terrorist in the world? #handsoffassataayiticheri
The NRA is a greater threat to the US than Assata Shakur. #HandsoffAssataRaquel Cepeda
And some saw a link between US-Cuba relations and the renewed interest in Assata.
Perhaps the renewed interest in #Assata has to do with the changes in #Cuba. By this I mean #Castro brothers' grip on power is lessening.Robert Mitchell III
“@AshahedM The #FBI putting #Assata Shakur on 'the list' is directly related to their decades long imperialistic obsession w/ #Cuba.”Muhammad Mosque 25
Revolutionary Portraits: Assata ShakurGary Soup