This story is not interesting so much for its content — a bunch of liberal groups at City College of New York got together to endorse Tupac Shakur’s godmother, a cop killer who escaped to Cuba — as for the press coverage it’s getting. In fact, the only interesting thing about cop killer fetishists is that they claim the convicted perpetrator is innocent, instead of coming out and saying “he did it, that’s obvious, but I hate the police so much I’m fine with that.”
Except Ice-T. He at least spoke what was on his mind.
Anyhow, people tend to care what college students think for some reason. It’s true that today’s college students will run tomorrow’s world, but it’s also true they’ll be grown up by then.
I only graduated six months ago, so I can say with absolute certainty: When Chef from South Park says, “there’s a time and place for everything, and it’s called college,” he’s not kidding. Students live in a parent-subsidized bubble where political views (and many-to-most personal behaviors) are completely detached from their consequences. Communism can work, the Soviets just weren’t true enough to Marx’s plan!
So instead of getting all angry (disclosure: I do sympathize, as my father is a retired police officer), Americans should just ignore these folks. Many of the students will look back with embarrassment five years from now, and most of the others will at least shut up. A few will work for radical groups with little influence. No worries; it’ll blow over.
Also, a little background on the “framed” Assata Shakur, who was also wanted for felonies including bank robbery.
“Assata Shakur (born Joanne Deborah Byron Chesimard July 16, 1947 in North Carolina) was an activist in the Black Panther Party…Shakur grew up in New York City and attended Manhattan Community College and CCNY, where she was involved in many political activities. Granted political asylum in Cuba (where she presently lives), Shakur remains a fugitive from New Jersey and the United States for her 1979 escape from prison. She had been incarcerated for the 1973 slaying of New Jersey State Police officer Werner Foerster. She was also convicted of a second murder, for the death of fellow activist Zayd Shakur, who was killed that night along with officer Foerster in the shooting.”
Nice lady. The incident:
“On May 2, 1973, Shakur, at that time a member of the Black Liberation Army and no longer a member of the Black Panther Party, was stopped on the New Jersey State Turnpike by State Troopers James Harper and Werner Foerster, along with two Black Panthers: Zayd Shakur and Sundiata Acoli, for driving with a broken taillight. According to police records, Shakur opened fire on the troopers, and a gunfight ensued, during which Zayd Shakur was killed and Trooper Foerster, Assata Shakur and Trooper Harper injured. Shakur then exited the car, took Trooper Foerster’s weapon, and allegedly shot him twice in the head.
“Sundiata Acoli, Assata and Zayd Shakur then got back into their car and drove for eight miles. Sundiata then exited the car with the wounded Assata and the dead Zayd and fled into the woods and was captured after a manhunt the following day.”