If we needed any reminder of how racism and shameful legacies shape policy in the United States, the recent addition of former Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army member Assata Shakur (also known as JoAnne D. Chesimard) to the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorist List” serves as a grim example.
It’s no secret that we have a problem with law enforcement on both a national and a state level. Here in Seattle, we’ve seen an investigation into the Seattle Police Department’s use of excessive force and possible discrimination against minorities.
Back in 1973, Shakur and two companions were driving in a car when they were stopped. As the incident unfolded, Shakur was shot in the shoulder, one of her companions was killed, as was Trooper Werner Foerster. Shakur…
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