ON MICHAEL MOORE'S LIBEL
MUMIA ABU JAMAL
One simply never expects to experience some things...I never expect to hear the most popular rap music stars rap about anything relevant or intelligent. I never expect "brothers" like O. J. Simpson to ever stop enthusiastically breeding their African faces out of existence. I never expect any eurocentric African person to woo or marry anyone who looks like them. I never expect resisting racism to be easy for any of us as we live in this racist world. And, I never expected Michael Moore to reveal his own racism against revolutionary political prisoner of war Mumia Abu Jamal.
What pains me most is that I regard both of these men as heroes. Michael Moore is a gifted rebel filmmaker and a superior researcher of neocon avarice and lies. He is renowned for telling truths about stupid white men that few men of any color dare to tell. In Amerikkka, we need many more white men to expose and validate similar truths.
Mumia Abu Jamal was a child prodigy as a superb newspaper editor and media director for the Black Panther Party at age 15. Since that same tender age, Mumia has been a primary target of the FBI's genocidal COINTELPRO. Yet, Mumia is still a gifted journalist, columnist, legendary Philadelphia radio celebrity, expert exposer of police brutality, supporter and defender of MOVE, and a former president of the National Association of Black Journalists. Like most COINTELPRO targets (including Assata Shakur, Mututlu Shakur, Huey Newton, George Jackson, Geronimo Pratt, and many others), Mumia has been framed and caged for decades. Thus, I never expected to see Mumia libeled by Michael.
In his new book "Dude, Where's My Country?", Michael penned the following:
"Mumia [the campaigning Pennsylvania journalist who was sentenced for the shooting of a police officer and has been on death row since 1982] probably killed that guy. There, I said it. That does not mean he should be denied a fair trial or that he should be put to death. But because we don't want to see him or anyone executed, the efforts to defend him may have overlooked the fact that he did indeed kill that cop. This takes nothing away from the eloquence of his writings or commentary, or the important place he now holds on the international political stage. But, he probably did kill that guy."
Like all true intellectuals, I am an independent thinker. I have never agreed nor do I ever expect to agree with one hundred percent of everything anyone else thinks or says. I respect all intellectual opinions and our rights to differing ones. But, I insist that all opinions be based upon facts! Opinions that are formulated from facts are the only opinions that I will ever respect.
No one with any modicum of intelligence who has even nominally researched Mumia's case could ever form the opinion that he is guilty!!! The facts of this case glaringly prove that Mumia is completely innocent of this murder. Mumia was sloppily framed for the murder of a young white male police officer. How can an intelligent and superior researcher like Michael be arrogantly ignorant of the following facts in Mumia's case???:
1. The bullets in the officer's corpse did not match Mumia's gun taken from the murder scene. It was a gun Mumia carried only for security, as he moonlit as a taxi driver to supplement his media income.
2. Numerous key witnesses have been confirmed as perjurers. Most of them are police officers.
3. Major evidence has been mysteriously destroyed.
4. Mumia has never received anything remotely resembling a fair trial.
5. Another man has confessed to being the murderer as a hired contract killer for dirty police officers.
Why has a revered author like Michael libeled Mumia? Why has a self-proclaimed liberal like Michael suddenly become a megaphone for neocon racists who seek to murder Mumia? How many of Michael's fans will now betray Mumia as his legal lynching looms? Why has Michael so loudly joined the cheers of neocon bigots who seek the state sanctioned execution of Mumia? Why did Michael grossly exaggerate so many truths about Canadian culture in his otherwise typically excellent film "Bowling for Columbine"? How may Michael feel regarding his similarly blatant lies about Mumia? Does Michael know that he has now set his own hands for Mumia's blood?...These are all questions I never expected to be compelled to pose.
My eternal hero Malcolm X spoke classic wisdom in one of his many eloquently radical and timeless speeches. (I am desperately hunting the actual quote! If you know this specific speech, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org) I paraphrase:
Every white person has a line that a black person cannot cross...You may never witness it...Some may eat from the same fork you share...Some may embrace you as you marry their sister or brother...But, if you spend enough time with that white person, you will certainly witness that line...That line will reveal their white supremacy and racism...
Michael has crossed that line with me. When disillusioned with someone who has betrayed them, elder African-American mothers express that one has "torn their drawers" with them. Michael no longer dons proverbial drawers. Neither briefs nor boxers...
As each day passes, Mumia's enemies and their evil strange bedfellows are being fully exposed. Like the true and beautiful soldier that he has always been, Mumia battles on. Mumia is innocent and fully clothed in his layered and indelible revolutionary armor. This is far more than I can say for Michael...
Race for Justice by Leonard Weinglass
The Case of Mumia Abu Jamal by Amnesty International
On a Move by Terry Bisson
In Defense of Mumia S. Anderson
Live from Death Row
All Things Censored
7/14/06 Michael Moore has apologized for his slander:
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