By Assata Shakur
On may possibly 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a medical institution, just about loss of life, handcuffed to her mattress, whereas neighborhood, nation, 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 nation trooper. lengthy a objective of J. Edgar Hoover's crusade to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist organisations and their leaders, Shakur used to be incarcerated for 4 years ahead of her conviction on flimsy facts in 1977 as an partner to murder.
This intensely own and political autobiography belies the fearsome photo of JoAnne Chesimard lengthy projected by means of the media and the kingdom. With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the reports that led her to a lifetime of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual death of Black and White progressive teams on the hand of government officers. the result's a sign contribution to the literature approximately transforming into up Black in the US 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 legal. She used to be given political asylum by means of Cuba, the place she now resides.
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I had a hard time keeping my mouth shut. He talked about empires, the Roman, the Greek, the Spanish, the British. He told me white people created empires because they were more civilized than the rest of the world. White people created ballet and opera and symphonies. ” he asked. Every day he gave me a speech about nazism. Sometimes other nazis would join in. I asked him if there were a lot of nazis in the state troopers, but he just laughed and kept on talking. When i was in the Black Panther Party, we used to call the police “fascist pigs,” but i had called them fascists not because i believed they were nazis but because of the way they acted in our communities.
I knew that was a lie because Evelyn had an answering service. Every day i asked them to contact my family. The response to this was usually obscene. “Oh, you got a family, do you? Is your mother a nigger whore like you? ” They went on and on about my family until they found something else to go on and on about. Whoever said that no news is good news had to be out of his mind. Well, there was news, but it wasn’t good news. They told me they had arrested Sundiata. At first i didn’t believe them, but they were too glib and arrogant.
I have seen the destruction of the daylight, and seen bloodthirsty maggots prayed to and saluted. Š 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.