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Re: “Goddard's Commencement Speaker Is Controversial Mumia Abu-Jamal

I see 7 Days has simply followed the same path as WCAX with this article. I used to ignore the idea that Vermont has an insidious "racism" issue with blacks and other minorities. I say incidious, because Vermont speaks all-nice and left-wingy about life, but notoriously turns nasty, without looking up the facts, when it comes to these types of stories. Very sad, this is.

Interesting it is that WCAX (in Vermont) would immediately paste Mumia Abu Jamal as a `cop killer,` instead of an `accused`cop-killer, without bothering to actually research several sources about his case and the unjustified and brutal (and consistent) actions of the Philadelphia Police department's treatment toward black Americans, not just in the 1960s, but straight through the 1990s and early 2000s. However, I live in America. This does not surprise me.

Any other person would be marked as "accused cop-killer." No one is justifying murder; yet, a cabie comes across the scene of his own brother being beaten by a cop (yes, allegedly--though extraordinarily common and considered the cultural norm for white cops to act toward blacks in that time and more recent times), and he cannot defend his family? He is shot and the cop is shot. Where those shots came from was never proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. Numerous witnesses (themselves black) stated that another black man shot both people (but let's be fair: some folks think we all look the same, and are all guilty). Several witnesses were taken in by the cops and seriously intimidated into signing retractions. Oh no. This does not get out. Mumia's black. He must have killed the cop. The cop was white; he must have been all good, and not doing the very thing the Philadelphia Police department was consistently accused of in that time period--relentlessly abusing, harassing and beating black and Hispanic citizens. Where the bullets came from was simply never clear. Yet, Jamal is black. He must be guilty.

This may not be "nice" and "politically correct." I am actually in support of most of what law enforcement stands for; tampering with evidence and false accusations is not any of them, though. World outrage over this did not happen in a vacuum. I am not in favor of labeling someone for any kind of crime, much less murder, without knowing the deepest, most hidden particulars of the case. Though I do love WCAX reporting most of the time, I am shaken by your lack of fairness with this subject. I simply am; but I am black, so who cares, right? There really aren't enough of us around for my voice to matter.

Most of you will simply say that I am just "playing the race card," a quick way for certain folks to write this off. I have to accept that I live in a world where "shooting an unarmed black man" is a running sport with police and other certain citizens. I have to be careful, and just accept that this is the way it has always been in America. I support Goddard College`s students in their decision. They have the First Amendment right and the Liberty to hear the voices chosen by their students. We do not have to all agree; but the decision was not made in a vacuum, once again. It will be interesting to see if I am taken out of context. Be Well and Go Carefully.
The Campaign to Save Mumia Abu-Jamal | Boston Review
Loren GoldnerFebruary 01, 1999 Loren GoldnerUnless he is saved in the coming weeks and months by an international campaign of protest, or by an unlikely Supreme Court decision in his favor,...

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Posted by Glennie F Sewell on 10/02/2014 at 8:08 PM

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