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.They call us murderers, but we did not murder Martin Luther King, Jr., Emmett Till, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, George Jackson, Nat Turner, James Chaney, and countless others.We did not murder, by shooting in the back, sixteen-year-old Rita Lloyd, eleven-year-old Rickie Bodden, or ten-year-old Clifford Glover.They call us murderers, but we do not control or enforce a system of racism and oppression that systematically murders Black and Third World people.Although Black people supposedly comprise about fifteen per cent of the total amerikkkan population, at least sixty percent of murder victims are Black.For every pig that is killed in the so-called line of duty, there are at least fifty Black people murdered by the police.Black life expectancy is much lower than white and they do their best to kill us before we are even born.We are burned alive in fire-trap tenements.Our brothers and sisters OD daily from heroin and methadone.Our babies die from lead poisoning.Millions of Black people have died as a result of indecent medical care.This is murder.But they have got the gall to call us murderers.They call us kidnappers, yet Brother Clark Squire (who is accused, along with me, of murdering a new jersey state trooper) was kidnapped on April 2, 1969, from our Black community and held on one million dollars' ransom in the New York Panther 21 conspiracy case.He was acquitted on May 13, 1971, along with all the others, of 156 counts of conspiracy by a jury that took less than two hours to deliberate.Brother Squire was innocent.Yet he was kidnapped from his community and family.Over two years of his life was stolen, but they call us kidnappers.We did not kidnap the thousands of Brothers and Sisters held captive in amerika's concentration camps.Ninety percent of the prison population in this country are Black and Third World people who can afford neither bail nor lawyers.They call us thieves and bandits.They say we steal.But it was not we who stole millions of Black people from the continent of Africa.We were robbed of our language, of our Gods, of our culture, of our human dignity, of our labor, and of our lives.They call us thieves, yet it is not we who rip off billions of dollars every year through tax evasions, illegal price fixing, embezzlement, consumer fraud, bribes, kickbacks, and swindles.They call us bandits, yet every time most Black people pick up our paychecks we are being robbed.Every time we walk into a store in our neighborhood we are being held up.And every time we pay our rent the landlord sticks a gun into our ribs.They call us thieves, but we did not rob and murder millions of Indians by ripping off their homeland, then call ourselves pioneers.They call us bandits, but it is not we who are robbing Africa, Asia, and Latin America of their natural resources and freedom while the people who live there are sick and starving.The rulers of this country and their flunkies have committed some of the most brutal, vicious crimes in history.They are the bandits.They are the murderers.And they should be treated as such.These maniacs are not fit to judge me, Clark, or any other Black person on trial in amerika.Black people should and, inevitably, must determine our destinies.Every revolution in history has been accomplished by actions, although words are necessary.We must create shields that protect us and spears that penetrate our enemies.Black people must learn how to struggle by struggling.We must learn by our mistakes.I want to apologize to you, my Black brothers and sisters, for being on the new jersey turnpike.I should have known better.The turnpike is a checkpoint where Black people are stopped, searched, harassed, and assaulted.Revolutionaries must never be in too much of a hurry or make careless decisions.He who runs when the sun is sleeping will stumble many times.Every time a Black Freedom Fighter is murdered or captured, the pigs try to create the impression that they have quashed the movement, destroyed our forces, and put down the Black Revolution.The pigs also try to give the impression that five or ten guerrillas are responsible for every revolutionary action carried out in amerika.That is nonsense.That is absurd.Black revolutionaries do not drop from the moon.We are created by our conditions.Shaped by our oppression.We are being manufactured in droves in the ghetto streets, places like attica, san quentin, bedford hills, leavenworth, and sing sing.They are turning out thousands of us.Many jobless Black veterans and welfare mothers are joining our ranks.Brothers and sisters from all walks of life, who are tired of suffering passively, make up the BLA.There is, and always will be, until every Black man, woman, and child is free, a Black Liberation Army.The main function of the Black Liberation Army at this time is to create good examples, to struggle for Black freedom, and to prepare for the future.We must defend ourselves and let no one disrespect us.We must gain our liberation by any means necessary.It is our duty to fight for our freedom.It is our duty to win.We must love each other and support each other.We have nothing to lose but our chains:In the spirit of:Ronald CarterWilliam ChristmasMark ClarkMark EssexFrank "Heavy" FieldsWoodie Changa Olugbala Green Fred HamptonLil' Bobby HuttonGeorge JacksonJonathan JacksonJames McClainHarold RussellZayd Malik ShakurAnthony Kumu Olugbala WhiteWe must fight on.The workhouse had a whole heap of rules, most of them stupid.No newspapers or magazines were permitted.When i asked why we couldn't read newspapers, they told me that newspapers were "inflammatory [ Pobierz całość w formacie PDF ]