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"Dhoruba Speaks "

rec. 1-8-06  

1) 4:33   Essay Mp3

2) 5:36   Essay Mp3  

 

DHORUBA SPEAKS
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[Col. Writ. 1/7/06] Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal


The name Dhoruba Bin-Wahad may be unknown to many of us, but there are some of us who know it quite well.

He spent nearly two decades in NY dungeons until hidden FBI files revealed that the State used false witnesses to gain convictions that left him imprisoned for a lifetime.  With the release of these files came his freedom, and release into a society greatly changed since his days as a leader of New York's Black Panther Party.  From his home in West Africa, the former political prisoner writes scathingly of the recent state murder of the former Crips co-founder, Stanley 'Tookie' Williams.  Bin-Wahad explains that Tookie was "a product of social and political forces" that Black Americans have allowed to gain control in our communities.  Writing an article that appeared on numerous e-mail addresses, Bin-Wahad notes:

"Street gangs that started out as expressions of our community's inability to control our own streets and in opposition to police terror, were led down a certain path by the likes of Tookie.  These gangs became predatory, apolitical, and reactionary.  Our communities suffered as a consequence.  Those who followed in Tookie's footsteps did so because not one Black institution existed that embraced and channeled their warrior spirit in a positive direction.  Black nationalist[s] were to[o] busy "getting the right political line"; The Black Clergy was to[o] busy mobilizing themselves to influence a body politic that considered them nothing more than mouth-pieces for the Black middle class; Black professors and militant academician[s] were hollering at white educational institutions for inclusion and relevancy ... none spoke the language nor harnessed the energies of our street soldiers.  The only organization that did so was the Black Panther Party -- and that was destroyed by a potent combination of forces over three decades ago.  Nothing ever replaced it. " [fr. Bin-Wahad, Dhoruba al-Mujahid, "The Ethics of Black Atonement in Racist America: The Execution of Stanley Tookie Williams", 12/16/05, p. 1 of printout.]

Dhoruba is profoundly critical of the state of Black America, which accepted, at face value, White America's definitions of terms that have always cloaked their never-ending war against Black life.  Looking out from chaotic life in West Africa, to the chaos that raged on the US West Coast, Dhoruba Bin Wahad explains:

"The Tookie Williams execution by the state of California is not just about the efficacy of the death penalty in America, or punishment for a heinous crime, but about the ethics of atonement and redemption in a racist culture and society.  Indeed, the Governor of California in his Hollywood portrayal as the 'terminator' and other violent monosyllabic killers is himself a role model for countless thugs, bandits, and murder[er]s around the globe, some of whom I've met personally.  Liberia's murderous rebels, Sierra Leonean butchers of children, and scores of other misguided youth have adopted the violent persona of .. Sylvester Stallone's "Rambo" and Arnold Schwarzenegger... the 'Terminator!'" [p. 2 of 5]

But Dhoruba reserves his harshest criticism for Schwarzenegger's cruel and cynical reference, in his refusal to grant clemency to Tookie, by listing Black people named in his 1998 book dedication.  Those people, including Dhoruba, Angela Davis, Malcolm X, John Africa, Nelson Mandela, and myself, among others, essentially 'proved' that Tookie wasn't reformed.  Schwartzenegger called such a dedication "curious", and went out of his way to make note of the inclusion of George Jackson.  Bin-Wahad rightly notes that the penny ante crime which sent Jackson to prison for his entire adult life, "a white boy from suburbia would have done community service for."  Schwarzenegger's inclusion of his dedication as justification for his legalized lynching tells us more about the Governor than it did about Tookie.  Until I read the passage in the papers, I had no idea I was on such a page.  I doubt whether any of the people listed there ever met Tookie, and, speaking for myself, I didn't know the man existed until news reports told of his nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize several years ago.  What that means is that Tookie learned about many of us through reading either our books, or books about us.  Many of those books undoubtedly  had powerful influences on his mind, and life, to give him insight into Black freedom struggles, both here and in Africa.  Schwartzenegger's 'list' is an indictment of a Black man for his politicization and growing of consciousness from gang life, to a broader, deeper sense of his people's history.

It reveals, like nothing else, the political hypocrisy that lies at the base of the Governor's OK to kill Tookie.  How can Schwarzenegger embrace Dr. Nelson Mandela when seeking a photo op while on a trade mission to South Africa, and then use his inclusion on a dedication to justify State Murder?

This was, in fact, the coldest kind of killing; a political hit, to try to hype sagging opinion polls, and curry favor with the white political right in California.  It is killing for votes.

Even Tookie wasn't charged with something so sleazy.


Copyright 2006 Mumia Abu-Jamal

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