Abu-Jamal's Radio Broadcasts
for 6/19 Rosenburg Friends for Children Commenoratory 50th anniversary
of the Execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenburg.
2.65 MBs, 3:18
I greet you
all who have gathered here fifty years after the state legally lynched
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. It is a testament to their great spirit
that you are here and their memory is hallow by their high work
that the Rosenberg fund is doing helping the children of many politically
imprisoned activists. To prepare for this event, I read the infamous
Death House Letters. Wrenching and haunting accounts of two loving
young parents who find themselves on the brink of hell subject to
the tender mercies of ambitious public officials. One is struck,
not just by the horrendous conditions under which they were held,
nor the nakedly political frame up that sent them to Sing Sing,
but the deep abiding hope they had in the American judicial system,
in the appeals courts, and the Supreme Court. One is struck by how
they learned the hard way that the system is not to be trusted and
that the law, although promised to all, was not for them. I recommend
you not read the heart searing letters especially if youre
a parent, or worse, a parent on death row not to mentioned one prosecuted
for political reasons. Itll destroy any remaining illusions.
Ethels letters read like the aching heart of any mother who
longs for her children. Juliuss letters are more overtly political
and theyre a barometer of the repression of the 1950s. A time
not unlike our present. For now, we are embarked on a war on terrorism,
then it was the war on communism.
As Julius writes
on October 9, 1952, the political climate in this country
is one of fear, with a rising hysteria against all those who dont
conform, To read those words and to think of today is to be
reminded of historys cycles. Were reminded of how politicians
ruthlessly exploit fear to achieve their political ends. How the
media plays into these campaigns of lies to further isolate people
and to peddle the gruel of fear. Think of the lies which justifies
the recent war and once again the cycle of history.
Fifty years ago, and the Rosenbergs could touch nor hug their
boys. They were separated from each other by a screen, confined
to a cell for all but fifteen minutes a day in Sing Sing. Fifty
years ago, right? And yet we live in a nation where over two million
men, women and juveniles are encaged. There are still non-contact
visits for thousands of people awaiting legal lynching by the state.
When you see my son, understand that I have been forbidden from
touching him since he was four years old. Ive not been able
to stroke my wifes face for over twenty years. Fifty years
ago, right? The Rosenbergs were progressive folks who dared
to dream of a world where fascism and racism were no more. And where
the state did not use its judicial apparatus for state terrorism.
They did not succeed. But that does not mean that their noble dream
was wrong. It only means theres work to be done. Let our work
further their dreams into reality.
On the Move,
I thank you.
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