For the first time in nearly 45 years, I’m really excited about young people rising up all over the country in the wake of police murders of Black and Brown people, esp. the blatant killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. In those cases, neither of the rogue cops was indicted or had any charges filed against them. As a former Panther, police brutality and murder is nothing new.
From Ferguson, Mi. where Michael Brown was left to bleed to death for 41/2 hours to NYC where Eric Garner was choked to death – Black youth have been in the forefront of a mass movement taking to the streets.
In solidarity with Blacks, who’ve been the most targeted by racist police, people of all backgrounds and ages are collectively protesting this open season on Black people,.
We are gathered here today to honor our martyred hero, El Hajj Malik el Shabazz, Malcolm X, who would be 90 years old had he survived another 51 years. Born on May 19, 1925, Malcolm X was assassinated Feb. 21, 1965 in NYC’s Audubon Ballroom. It’s notable that he and Martin Luther King were assassinated when both were 39 years of age.
I want to share with you some quotes you rarely hear expressing Malcolm’s changed ideas. More often his anti-white notions are propagated, virtually ignoring his transformation once he returned from the Hajj in Mecca and visits to Northern Africa. Only about a month before he was murdered, he clarified his positions on race, segregation, and capitalism. E.g., In Jan. 1965, on New York’s WBAI, he said:
"We don’t judge a manby the color of his skin. We don’t judge you because you are white; we don’t judge you because you’re black….We judge you because of what you do and what you practice.”
I can hardly believe that 38 years have gone by since the
Marin Courthouse Slave Rebellion of August 7, 1970. Ruchell is now 69
years old, same as me. It's a sin and a shame the fascist state has taken
this brother's whole life, damn near. And he has never seriously injured
anyone. Quite the opposite, Ruchell has been responsible (through his
jailhouse lawyering) for the release of countless prisoners over the decades
he's been incarcerated.
Fast forward to April 2015 and Ruchell has now been locked up for a total of 60 years, 52 in California gulags and 8 in Angola State Prison, Louisiana.
Ruchell Cinque Magee and the August 7th Courthouse Slave
“Slavery 400 years
ago, slavery today, it’s the same but with a new name”.-- Ruchell Cinque