Searching for the Truth Around Assata

Moorbey'z Blog

Dueling narratives surround Assata Shakur, a political  figure who found herself returned to the national spotlight after the  FBIofficially added her to their Most Wanted Terrorists list  on May 2, 2013.  To mainstream media, Joanne Chesimard murdered a  police officer and fled to Cuba to escape justice. A New York Times  article on the announcement opens:  “The end came suddenly for Werner Foerster, a 34-year-old state trooper  executed with his own gun on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973. For many  others — his widow, the State Police and the woman convicted of his  murder — the end remains elusive, postponed these 40 years by a fight  over what justice really means.” In black media circles and in hip hop media, the decision  to drag Shakur’s case out of historical record and to place a bounty on  her head only leads to more skepticism around the government’s true …

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