Posts tagged #Assata: An Autobiography

Hands Off Assata?

by Kierra Gray

Assata Shakur refused to take a back seat in the Black Liberation Movement. She was a woman who took an active role in the Black Panther Party and fought passionately for her cause. The United States media paints figures, such as Assata Shakur, as a threat to national security yet the public has little context about the details of her case. As the news unfolds, we will see how the United States and Cuban relations will handle the ongoing battle for Assata Shakur.

Posted on October 26, 2015 .

How Many Cheeks Should Assata Offer?

by Robert Burton-Harris

Among the chorus of stupid, irrational, and unexamined reasons given for why Shakur should voluntarily return to the U.S. is the often cited trope “so she can receive justice”; an idea so ridiculous it barely merits a response and instantly reveals the ignorance of the speaker. Although the consequences have been extraordinary, Shakur has taught us that there is no honor in allowing yourself to be slapped. Especially if that hand belongs to the Empire. Protect yourself. But be physically, emotionally, and psychologically prepared to run ­ indefinitely. 

October - Assata: An Autobiography

This month Black Bottom Book Club is reading Assata: An Autobiography (with a foreword from Angela Davis). Our monthly e-discussion will be held October 27th @ 7:30 pm on Twitter -- moderated by @phil_cosby_ @sarah_smileee and @_blackbottom. 

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Posted on October 1, 2015 .