Pan Africanism : To My People By Assata Shakur

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    By Assata Shakur

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    Black brothers, Black sisters, i want you to know that i love you and i hope
    that somewhere in your hearts you have love for me. My name is Assata Shakur
    (slave name joanne chesimard), and i am a revolutionary. A Black revolutionary.
    By that i mean that i have declared war on all forces that have raped our women,
    castrated our men, and kept our babies empty-bellied.

    I have declared war on the rich who prosper on our poverty, the politicians who
    lie to us with smiling faces, and all the mindless, heart-less robots who
    protect them and their property.

    I am a Black revolutionary, and, as such, i am a victim of all the wrath,
    hatred, and slander that amerika is capable of. Like all other Black
    revolutionaries, amerika is trying to lynch me.

    I am a Black revolutionary woman, and because of this i have been charged with
    and accused of every alleged crime in which a woman was believed to have
    participated. The alleged crimes in which only men were supposedly involved, i
    have been accused of planning. They have plastered pictures alleged to be me in
    post offices, airports, hotels, police cars, subways, banks, television, and
    newspapers. They have offered over fifty thousand dollars in rewards for my
    capture and they have issued orders to shoot on sight and shoot to kill.

    I am a Black revolutionary, and, by definition, that makes me a part of the
    Black Liberation Army. The pigs have used their newspapers and TVs to paint the
    Black Liberation Army as vicious, brutal, mad-dog criminals. They have called us
    gangsters and gun molls and have compared us to such characters as john
    dillinger and ma barker. It should be clear, it must be clear to anyone who can
    think, see, or hear, that we are the victims. The victims and not the criminals.

    It should also be clear to us by now who the real criminals are. Nixon and his
    crime partners have murdered hundreds of Third World brothers and sisters in
    Vietnam, Cambodia, Mozambique, Angola, and South Africa. As was proved by
    Watergate, the top law enforcement officials in this country are a lying bunch
    of criminals. The president, two attorney generals, the head of the fbi, the
    head of the cia, and half the white house staff have been implicated in the
    Watergate crimes.

    They call us murderers, but we did not murder over two hundred fifty unarmed
    Black men, women, and children, or wound thousands of others in the riots they
    provoked during the sixties. The rulers of this country have always considered
    their property more important than our lives. They call us murderers, but we
    were not responsible for the twenty-eight brother inmates and nine hostages
    murdered at attica. They call us murderers, but we did not murder and wound over
    thirty unarmed Black students at Jackson Stateā€”or Southern State, either.

    They call us murderers, but we did not murder Martin Luther King, Jr., Emmett
    Till, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, George Jackson, Nat Turner, James Chaney, and
    countless others. We did not murder, by shooting in the back, sixteen-year-old
    Rita Lloyd, eleven-year-old Rickie Bodden, or ten-year-old Clifford Glover. They
    call us murderers, but we do not control or enforce a system of racism and
    oppression that systematically murders Black and Third World people. Although
    Black people supposedly comprise about fifteen percent of the total amerikkkan
    population, at least sixty percent of murder victims are Black. For every pig
    that is killed in the so-called line of duty, there are at least fifty Black
    people murdered by the police.

    Black life expectancy is much lower than white and they do their best to kill us
    before we are even born. We are burned alive in fire-trap tenements. Our
    brothers and sisters OD daily from heroin and methadone. Our babies die from
    lead poisoning. Millions of Black people have died as a result of indecent
    medical care. This is murder. But they have got the gall to call us murderers.

    They call us kidnappers, yet Brother Clark Squires (who is accused, along with
    me, of murdering a new jersey state trooper) was kidnapped on April z, 1969,
    from our Black community and held on one million dollars' ransom in the New York
    Panther 21 conspiracy case. He was acquitted on May 13, 1971, along with all the
    others, of 156 counts of conspiracy by a jury that took less than two hours to
    deliberate. Brother Squires was innocent. Yet he was kidnapped from his
    community and family. Over two years of his life was stolen, but they call us
    kidnappers. We did not kidnap the thousands of Brothers and Sisters held captive
    in amerika's concentration camps. Ninety percent of the prison population in
    this country are Black and Third World people who can afford neither bail nor
    lawyers.

    They call us thieves and bandits. They say we steal. But it was not we who stole
    millions of Black people from the continent of Africa. We were robbed of our
    language, of our Gods, of our culture, of our human dignity, of our labor, and
    of our lives. They call us thieves, yet it is not

    we who rip off billions of dollars every year through tax evasions, illegal
    price fixing, embezzlement, consumer fraud, bribes, kickbacks, and swindles.
    They call us bandits, yet every time most Black people pick up our paychecks we
    are being robbed. Every time we walk into a store in our neighborhood we are
    being held up. And every time we pay our rent the landlord sticks a gun into our
    ribs.

    They call us thieves, but we did not rob and murder millions of Indians by
    ripping off their homeland, then call ourselves pioneers. They call us bandits,
    but it is not we who are robbing Africa, Asia, and Latin America of their
    natural resources and freedom while the people who live there are sick and
    starving. The rulers of this country and their flunkies have committed some of
    the most brutal, vicious crimes in history. They are the bandits. They are the
    murderers. And they should be treated as such. These maniacs are not fit to
    judge me, Clark, or any other Black person on trial in amerika. Black people
    should and, inevitably, must determine our destinies.

    Every revolution in history has been accomplished by actions, al-though words
    are necessary. We must create shields that protect us and spears that penetrate
    our enemies. Black people must learn how to struggle by struggling. We must
    learn by our mistakes.

    I want to apologize to you, my Black brothers and sisters, for being on the new
    jersey turnpike. I should have known better. The turnpike is a checkpoint where
    Black people are stopped, searched, harassed, and assaulted. Revolutionaries
    must never be in too much of a hurry or make careless decisions. He who runs
    when the sun is sleeping will stumble many times.

    Every time a Black Freedom Fighter is murdered or captured, the pigs try to
    create the impression that they have quashed the movement, destroyed our forces,
    and put down the Black Revolution. The pigs also try to give the impression that
    five or ten guerrillas are responsible for every revolutionary action carried
    out in amerika. That is nonsense. That is absurd. Black revolutionaries do not
    drop from the moon. We are created by our conditions. Shaped by our oppression.
    We are being manufactured in droves in the ghetto streets, places like attica,
    san quentin, bedford hills, leavenworth, and sing sing. They are turning out
    thousands of us. Many jobless Black veterans and welfare mothers are joining our
    ranks. Brothers and sisters from all walks of life, who are tired of suffering
    passively, make up the BLA.

    There is, and always will be, until every Black man, woman, and child is free, a
    Black Liberation Army. The main function of the Black

    Liberation Army at this time is to create good examples, to struggle for Black
    freedom, and to prepare for the future. We must defend ourselves and let no one
    disrespect us. We must gain our liberation by any means necessary.

    It is our duty to fight for our freedom.
    It is our duty to win.
    We must love each other and support each other.
    We have nothing to lose but our chains.
     
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    .................................I'm surprised she did not mention Eminem!

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    Why would she mention Feminem?
     
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    PM ME FOR INPUT

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    Excue me Brother CD, but what are you referring to. I am so interested in knowing. :donttell:
     
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    Brother Cedric Denson ... i think you're confusing Afeeni Shakur, Tupac's Mother ... with Assata Shakur.

    They are two different Sisters, Brother. :)

    :heart:

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    :) its okay brotha lol Happens to the best of us :grouphug:
     
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    No problem brother, may God, the lesser gods,. and the Ancestors, bless you to find peace and resolution. I value your comments. Take care.
     
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