Assata Shakur - An Open Letter
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My name is Assata Shakur, and I am a 20th century escaped slave.
Although the U.S. government has done everything in its power to criminalize me, I am not a criminal, nor have I ever been.
In 1977, I was convicted by an all white jury and sentenced to life plus 33 years in prison.
In 1979, fearing that I would be murdered in prison, and knowing that I would never receive any justice, I was liberated from prison...
...aided by my committed comrades who understood the depths of the injustices in my case, and who were also extremely fearful for my life.
I am more concerned with the rise of the prison industrial complex which is turning our people into slaves again.
It has been a long time since I have lived in the U.S.
But during my lifetime I have seen every prominent Black leader, politician, or activist come under attack by the establishment media.
The news is big business and it's owned & operated by affluent white people. Unfortunately, they shape the way many people see the world, and even the way people see themselves.
Like most poor and oppressed people in the US, I do not have a voice.
Black people, poor people in the US have no real freedom of speech, no real freedom of expression, and very little freedom of the press.
I am only one woman. I own no TV stations, or Radio stations, or Newspapers.
But I feel that people need to be educated as to what is going on, and to understand the connection between the news media and the instruments of repression in Amerika.
All I have is my voice...
and the will to tell the truth.
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