I'm not the least bit shocked or surprised at the existence of these savages. What shocks me is how anyone could be surprised that they are here and why Africans won't prioritize getting organized to defend ourselves against them? What surprises me is how so-called white revolutionaries seem much more interested in reacting to white supremacists than effectively organizing against white supremacy. If people really understood what this society is about, than none of what's happening today should be a shock. And, although we hear some of these rodent white supremacists making feeble attempts to separate themselves from violent white supremacy by their amateurish efforts to link the ku klux klan and neo-nazi movements to our glorious freedom fighters, as if they can be mentioned in the same sentence, we know the history of this society. We know that white supremacists, violent as they want to be, have never been serious targets for destruction by this government because they have never been an obstacle to the imperialist aspirations of this capitalist empire. In fact, for the most part, just as they are doing today, they have served the interest of capitalism by supporting police terrorism and taking the agenda of white supremacy to higher levels, a necessity for capitalism and imperialism to continue to function effectively. On the other hand, African liberation organizations like the Black Liberation Army have been primary targets of destruction by capitalism because of their stated objective of destroying capitalism and replacing it with socialism that is designed to meet the needs of the masses of people. That's why the number of police who may have been cut down from guns from the Black Liberation Army is peanuts compared to the literally hundreds of thousands, millions, of Africans and other people who have been murdered and terrorized by white supremacists - from their independent organizations to those serving behind police badges - without any type of justice being served. Yet it is the Black Liberation Army fighters, not the violent white supremacists, who are viciously pursued by the state. That should tell you something.
And, this oppression against our freedom fighters is still happening. Kamau Sadiki is a former Black Panther and Black Liberation Army fighter who is among the dozens who are still incarcerated in 2017. Kamau has been incarcerated for decades, but the reasons he's still locked up today have very little to do with the 60s and 70s. Sadiki stays incarcerated as a part of a quietly kept operation by U.S. imperialism that has roots in the aftermath of 9/11. Once the Homeland Security apparatus was formed in 2002, a concerted effort was pursued to recruit old police agency hacks who had worked cases during the 60s/70s. The purpose of finding these hardened racist police was to focus attention on a number of unresolved cases of police officers who had been killed. These old racist cops, often having personal ties to many of their friends who had been killed, had added incentive to take these jobs that offered them open access to seek revenge for the deaths of their police comrades. In the 60s and 70s, there was no ISIS, no Al Queada. There was the African liberation movement. And you better understand that the brave people who participated in that movement were as vilified then as ISIS is today. So, it should come as no surprise what these terrorists with police authority have put in place. Dozens of former activists, people who abandoned political struggle decades ago, were pursued with the intent of opening up long closed cases and charging these people with these crimes. Most of these former activists were living working class non-activist lives. Working for the Post Office, raising children and grandchildren. Most of them were in their 60s and nearing their 70s. None of that mattered to the blood thirsty vision of these terrorist cops. In the case of the San Francisco 8, Richard Brown was tortured into confessing to a killing of a police officer that he not only had nothing to do with, but was clearly not even in the vicinity when the killing took place. He was arrested, convicted, and sent back to prison in the early 2000s for this phantom case. And the reason why its called the S.F. 8 is because several of his former comrades suffered the same fate.
In the case of Kamau Sadiki, he was also pursued for an old closed case of a cop who was shot and killed. In the case of Kamau, he was sought and charged with this killing in 2003 for an officer who's case had gone unresolved since 1971. At the time of Kamau's conviction in 2003, he was offered a deal by the state. If he would help them recapture Assata Shakur - the former Black Liberation Army leader who was freed from prison and has lived in Cuba since 1984 - his conviction would be overturned. Now, most people don't know that Kamau Sadiki is the father of Assata Shakur's now grown daughter. They achieved this wonderful accomplishment while being incarcerated in the same facility in the 70s before Assata was broken out. And, despite the fact Assata has lived peacefully in Cuba for going on 35 years, the U.S. not only won't let it go, they continue to amp up the energy in attempting to recapture her. They have made her - a woman in her mid sixties - the number one most wanted person today, in 2017, on the FBI'S most wanted list. They have doubled the bounty on her head to $2 million. And, they have spread all types of malicious rumors that the Cuban government was prepared to turn Assata over to U.S. authorities when the Cubans have made it crystal clear (through their actions as well as their words) that principles matter to them, something the U.S. is clearly incapable of understanding.
Of course, Kamau completely rejected the state's slimy proposal and when he did that, they told him if he didn't help them recapture Assata, he would spend the rest of his life in prison. So, Kamau Sakiki, along with many other notable and noble soldiers for African liberation, continues to sit in prison, in very poor health.
It should be said that several of these Black Liberation Army alumni still hold their revolutionary views, but whether they do or not, that isn't the reason this recent harassment and prosecution against them is taking place. The reason this is happening because all of these people, walking around today, are shining examples of people who fought U.S. imperialism on the front lines. Imperialism has a standing policy of ensuring no one who does that lives to brag about it. That's one of the most effective ways they maintain their mystique. Its the concept that they are invincible. If you go up against them, you will lose. People like Kamau Sakiki, and especially and without question Assata Shakur, are clear examples of that. This is the reason they pursue Assata so vigorously because they don't want you to seek inspiration from her example. They know that if you only knew about her example, not just the adventure elements of it, but her politics and what she actually stood and stands for, you would be encouraged to continue to fight for those very worthwhile principles and objectives. This is the thing that scares the system more than anything else. The FBI's Counterintelligence report about the Black Panthers in 1968 discussed how the Panthers had (according to the bureau) no more than 800 core members, but they estimated that 44% of African youth 25 and under were sympathetic to the message and work of the Black Panther Party. This is what frightens the power structure. So, you should know that when they come after Richard Brown, Kamau Sadiki, Jalil Mutaquim, Assata Shakur, and others, its partly because of what they did, but its equally as much because of what you could do. Assata, Kamau, and all the others, are much more than a meme or a hoodie. Please think about that. Think hard about that.