Mumia Abu-Jamal

glevy at acnet.pratt.edu glevy at acnet.pratt.edu
Mon Jun 5 15:46:17 MDT 1995


Concerning the death of cops after brutalizing a African-American or poor
community, I am reminded of yet another poem:

ANOTHER EPITAPH ON AN ARMY OF MERCENARIES

by

Hugh Macdiarmid

It is a God-damned lie to say that these
Saved, or knew, anything worth any man's pride.
They were professional murderers and they took
Their blood money and impious risks and died.
In spite of all their kind some elements of worth
With difficulty persist here and there on earth.
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Had Abu-Jamal used a gun to defend himself and his community from state
assault, he would still be a political prisoner.  The fact that he was
framed, however (like so many other former members of the Black Panther
Party), makes the case so important -- particularly because the state
plans to EXECUTE him for his politics.

Jerry


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