But reprinted in San Francisco Bay View - National Black Newspaper of the Year. Don't read Final Call myself, and am a bit hesitant about even linking the site (although I have done in the past, if I remember a'right). Not sure why. The tourists already know how much I hate all white people, follow in lockstep with the Nation of Domination and Al Sharpton, blah de blah de blah.
Sorry, lost the train of thought there. From exile with love, part 1 -- Former Black Panther Assata Shakur speaks to America from Cuba:
Assata Shakur is a Black American folk hero. She is a freedom fighter who escaped the chains of oppression. She made it to the other side. She is a sister who defied the definitions of expected behavior by a Black woman.
Her life is the subject of books, movies and poetry. In her own words, she speaks on Cuba and terrorism, differences between Blacks in Cuba and the U.S., living in exile and her hopes for a new world:
"When I was in the Black Panther Party, they called us terrorists. How dare they call us terrorists when we were being terrorized. Terror was a constant part of my life. I was living under apartheid in North Carolina. We lived under police terror.
"People have to see what's really happening. Cuba has never attacked anybody. Cuba has solidarity with other countries. They send teachers and doctors to help the people of other countries. It (Cuba) believes in solidarity.
"To see Cuba called a terrorist country is an insult to reality. If people come to Cuba, they'll see a reality unlike what they're told in America. This country wants to help, not hurt. The U.S. government has lied to its people. The U.S. government invents lies like Cuba is a terrorist country to give a pretext to destroy it."
And since this may not be enough reason for folks to get their hate on, Cuba in the Cross-Hairs: A Near Half-Century of Terror, by arch-villain Noam Chomsky:
Cuban offers to cooperate in intelligence-sharing to prevent terrorist attacks have been rejected by Washington, though some did lead to US actions. "Senior members of the FBI visited Cuba in 1998 to meet their Cuban counterparts, who gave [the FBI] dossiers about what they suggested was a Miami-based terrorist network: information which had been compiled in part by Cubans who had infiltrated exile groups." Three months later the FBI arrested Cubans who had infiltrated the US-based terrorist groups. Five were sentenced to long terms in prison.
The national security pretext lost whatever shreds of credibility it might have had after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, though it was not until 1998 that US intelligence officially informed the country that Cuba no longer posed a threat to US national security. The Clinton administration, however, insisted that the military threat posed by Cuba be reduced to "negligible," but not completely removed. Even with this qualification, the intelligence assessment eliminated a danger that had been identified by the Mexican ambassador in 1961, when he rejected JFK's attempt to organize collective action against Cuba on the grounds that "if we publicly declare that Cuba is a threat to our security, forty million Mexicans will die laughing."
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Update. Eh, maybe if I hide the link here where no one will ever see it: From exile with love - Former Black Panther Assata Shakur speaks to America from Cuba:
"I donít see myself as that different from sisters who struggle for social justice. In the í60s it was easier to identify racism. There were signs that told you where you belonged. We had to struggle to eliminate apartheid in the South. Now we have to know the other forms that exist today.
"We had to learn that weíre beautiful. We had to relearn something forcefully taken from us. We had to learn about Black power. People have power if we unite. We learned the importance of coming together and being active. That fueled me.
"We knew what a token was then. Today young people donít see Condoleezza Rice or Colin Powell as tokens. Thatís a problem.
"I realized that I was connected to Africa. I wasnít just a Colored girl. I was part of a whole world that wanted a better life. Iím part of a majority and not a minority. My life has been a life of growth. If youíre not growing, youíre not going to understand real love. If youíre not reaching out to help others then youíre shrinking. My life has been active. Iím not a spectator.
"We canít afford to be spectators while our lives deteriorate. We have to truly love our people and work to make that love stronger."
Sorry. Had to get the Condi insult in there. Sue me.