In 1977 the Black Liberation Army member, Joanne Deborah Chesimard (alias Assata Shakur), was found guilty of first degree murder, assault and battery of a police officer, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to kill, illegal possession of a weapon, and armed robbery. She later escaped from prison when three members of the Black Liberation Army visiting her drew concealed .45-caliber pistols and a stick of dynamite, seized two guards as hostages, and commandeered a van. Chesimard is now believed to be in Cuba and is on the FBI’s most wanted list.
In a recent Instagram post, CNN commentator, Marc Lamont Hill, referred to her as “one of our most treasured Freedom Fighters“.
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Thinking about Assata Shakur on her 71st birthday. She wrote the second book that changed (and saved) my life. She taught me about the value and power of Freedom Dreams. She showed me the beauty of struggle. And she proved that "a wall is just a wall. and nothing more at all. It can be broken down." I pray for her continued safety and protection. I continue to work to demonstrate her innocence. And I implore the State to stop prosecuting an unjust and unfair campaign against one of our most treasured Freedom Fighters. Thank you Mama Assata. Wishing you 100 more years! #palenquequeen #handsoffassata #freeallpoliticalprisoners #everysingleone
Hill is not alone in his praise of the convicted murderer and domestic terrorist. Celebrating cop killers has become a common theme on the left.
The Women’s March organization honored her on her birthday and called her a “revolutionary”:
— Women's March (@womensmarch) July 16, 2017
The John Jay College professor and antifa organizer, Mike Isaacson, who was suspended after we brought attention to a tweet where he said “it’s a privilege to teach future dead cops”, also stated that “it’s good” that Assata killed cops:
I hope somehow Assata comes up in lecture so a student defends her saying she didn't kill a cop so I can say she probably did and it's good
— Mike Isaacson (@VulgarEconomics) August 23, 2017
Far-left violence has escalated dramatically since the election of Donald Trump. In just the last few months armed Antifa groups have called for “revolutionary violence”, GOP headquarters have been attacked, and a far-left activist was arrested with bomb making materials. These stories get little if any coverage from legacy media outlets like CNN while at the same time, their commentators openly praise convicted terrorists like Chesimard and call her a “freedom fighter”.
If that is not a dog-whistle to the violent, unhinged left I don’t know what is.