MUHAMMAD: Who's the Real Public Enemy?

Askia Muhammad | 5/23/2013, 9 p.m.
I believe that Assata Shakur's real crimes in the eyes of White America are joining the Black Panthers, and then ...
Askia Muhammad

Tayvon, on the other hand, was confined in the Baltimore City Detention Center for more than three years while he faced trial and re-trial for murdering a witness against him in one of his alleged criminal endeavors. During his stay in the lockup, he managed to become the de facto warden of the jail, managing to father five children by four separate female prison guards.

A total of 13 prison guards were recently indicted following a federal probe of the jail, charged with all manner of corruption. They were said to smuggle him cell phones and drugs, which he in turn sold inside the jail, earning tens of thousands of dollars. In one wiretapped phone call he is said to have admitted that earning only $15,000 was a "slow month" for him.

I believe that – like Mumia – Assata's real crimes in the eyes of White America, the acts which led to her conviction in a kangaroo court; her real crimes are joining the Black Panthers, and then the BLA; and her incendiary rhetoric.

"I have advocated and I still advocate revolutionary changes in the structure and in the principles that govern the United States," she wrote in an open letter to Pope John Paul II in 1998. "I advocate self-determination for my people and for all oppressed inside the United States. I advocate an end to capitalist exploitation, the abolition of racist policies, the eradication of sexism, and the elimination of political repression. If that is a crime, then I am totally guilty."

Can your "Black Guerilla Family" and its cousins in every jail and ghetto neighborhood in this country say the same? If not, then who is the real public enemy?