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Whatever Happened to the Black Liberation Movement? Is the Struggle Over? Can Assata Come Home Now?

March 2, 2010


I find myself asking these questions as it seems that many of us are so caught up in the Obama Movement and blinded by “change” that we fail to recognize what exactly is going on. People seem to think that because we have a Black president but wait a minute…a biracial president, who was put into office to change the “face of America” and to make people think that America is really living up to its ideals of freedom, justice, and equality. That is why Obama talks of “our forefathers,” those who are Black in America have to keep in mind that he is truly speaking of his ancestor’s from his mother’s side of the family, who at the time held Black folks in slavery.

I know and understand that a lot of us “Black folks” have forgotten the hopes and dreams of our ancestors with being so caught up in the American Dream. While following in the President’s cries of “Change,” they remind me of the fable “The Emperor’s New Clothes” where anyone with a clear mind can see that whether it is the 1st or the 44th, all of the presidents are the same at this moment in time. Please tell me one policy of the present administration that differs from the past. Has the American government recognized “Political Prisoners?” Has the government stopped enforcing lugubrious laws against the poor?

What dramatic change has taken place in your own hood? Are the police still killing innocent people and getting away with it? Are the police still running guns and drugs in our neighborhoods? Has the criminal justice system done away with its centuries of racism and prejudice? And please tell me “why” if it’s a War on Terror, the United States is creating more terrorists by their own military bandit actions against civilians. And I still fail to understand “why” racist terror organizations like the K.K.K., skinheads, etc. are not listed as “terrorist organizations.” Makes one wonder what type of, “change” is really taking place….that is why I ask: “Whatever happened to the Black Liberation Movement?”

We have these four Black Panther organizations and none are in agreement with the other. It is shameful. We have a New African Movement that teaches more on European culture and movements than on being Black. We have a bunch of old political prisoners (Prisoners of War) dying imprisoned and with no support or help from these same organizations that they gave up their freedom for.

So I ask…. It seems that we as a people are too busy pulling each other down to even think of advancing towards a common goal. But no, the struggle is not over. We just have to fight harder than before because while the oppressor has stepped up his game, a lot of us are still stuck in the past and haven’t learned from the mistakes of those who went before us. For “A movement moves and is cohesive,” it is not the glorification of individuals seeking to dignify their own hidden agenda that only deteriorates and depreciates the empowerment of a united front.

Thus, Can Assata Come home Now?…. I’ll leave the answer open to you.
My patience strong!

DeAndre Williams #99A0052
Upstate Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 2000, 309 Barehill Road
Malone, NY 12953 USA

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