or Survivor of Terrorism?"
Mumia Audio Transcript
Rough Transcript of Audio Recording
Submitted by Noelle Hanhrahan
With the news of the posting of an additional eight
hundred and fifty
thousand dollars for the return of former Black Panther and Black
Liberation Army member Assata Shakur from Cuba, the U.S. government
taken another step in its ridiculous so-called War on Terrorism.
did this by New Jersey officials branding Assata with the latest
libelous label “terrorist” in an attempt to justify
this modern day
slave bounty. If anybody knows about terrorism it’s Americans,
nation was founded in terrorism. So deep is this truth that it lies
the subconscious of almost every American and can be unleashed with
unnerving ease. Come on. Complete this phrase “The only good
Indian is a
________." Whether we’re Black, white, rich, or poor
that phrase echoes
in American consciousness, an inheritance from a time when those
thoughts were dark realities of, yes, genocide against the native
peoples that fed and healed the starving settlers from Europe who
survived the Atlantic crossings. Terrorism, white terrible violence
against red life and black life and brown life and yellow life.
America’s truest hidden history, hidden beneath lies about
“all men are
In 1973, when Assata Shakur and Zayd Malik Shakur
and Sundiata Acoli
were stopped on the New Jersey turnpike, they weren’t stopped
the cops wanted to “render assistance”. This was a car
stop for the
unwritten crime of Driving While Black, before we developed the
And the cops tried to kill every Black Panther in that car, for
unwritten crime. Zayd was shot to death and Assata was shot twice.
in an act of arrogance that only American judicial terrorists can
devise, she was charged with murdering both Zayd and the cop that
to kill her.
Assata went through a devil’s brew of show
trials in several states,
best summed up in a book by her lawyer/aunt Evelyn Williams titled
"Inadmissible Evidence." These were trials that seemed
more fitting for
Mississippi than Middlesex County, New Jersey, or Manhattan borough,
York. But no matter where that happened, they featured all white
and ambitious judges who didn’t even pretend to be fair and
arbiters. Even despite these obvious obstructions, she was occasionally
acquitted, and when she was convicted in Middlesex, it was clear
was a verdict not of her guilt, but of her political ideas. To label
this woman a terrorist, is to bleed all meaning from the word. For,
during her life as an activist, during her wounding and her arrest,
during her travails as an accused in courtrooms that were more lynching
posts than halls of justice, she was terrorized by a system that
to punish her for daring to rebel.
It is fitting that these words are written on May
13, 2005, twenty years
to the day from the police mass murder and bombing of the MOVE home
Philadelphia. Today, twenty years later, only one person, Ramona
ever spent a day in jail. What of those cops who shot and bombed
children? What of the politicians who unleashed these dogs of urban
Like Ramona, Assata was jailed for daring to survive.
Cuba’s valiant Fidel Castro responded almost
immediately to announce his
refusal to recognize this modern day slave bounty. He pronounced
political prisoner during her time in American Gulags, perhaps
remembering that she was held in an all-male jail during her incarceration.
For centuries, nothing has so stirred up American
fury like the escape
of a slave. That ain’t just distant history. For daring to
bonds and escape from brutal and unjust bondage, the Empire now
her a terrorist. That’s because to them, nothing is more terrifying
resistance to their imperial will.
As for terrorists, if they really wanna find some,
it shouldn’t be too
hard to find them. Just check the White House.
From death row, this is Mumia