[PEN-L:12975] Reply to Marc Cooper

Carrol Cox cbcox at ilstu.edu
Thu Jun 7 19:51:03 MDT 2001



Louis Proyect wrote:
>
>
> -- MUMIA: Actually I have never written a word about him in The Nation. I
> did however write two pieces about him in the New York Press and in Mother
> Jones. I did not question at all fighting against his execution. What I
> questioned were those who are fighting ONLY against his execution while
> ignoring the cases of 3500 others. I am a public and active death penalty
> abolitionist and always have been. I did argue that Mumia's sect politics
> are repugnant and I also said I thought him guilty of the crime of which he
> is accused. I also wrote that I oppose execution for the guilty and the
> innocent. So? Is it a political litmus test to have to believe Mumia is
> innocent. I hope not.
>
> RESPONSE: Under the existing circumstances, you should have kept your
> disgust about Mumia's sect politics to yourself. If you were on death row
> after being convicted in a flawed trial, I wouldn't make a fuss about you
> belonging to a bizarre liberal cult around Katrina Vander Heuvel.
>

I've been having some sharp differences with Lou lately, but this
paragraph is a minor masterpiece.

Carrol



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