More than 60 faculty and staff have signed a petition demanding to know how Marquette University, a Jesuit institution, could in good conscience remove a mural of the cop killing Black Panther and Black Liberationist – Assata Shakur (photo below) aka JoAnne Chesimard.
They suggest it was racist. Three of their many concerns:
- The Gender Resource Center Chair was told of the decision by the Interim Provost. The Chair was not consulted nor made part of the conversation regarding the outcome of this situation. In addition, members of the Diversity Advisory Committee, the President’s Task Force on Equity and Inclusion and the University Academic Senate-Committee on Diversity and Equity were also not consulted or involved in a discussion or the process.
- This is an issue about black women, a specific voice on campus, who wanted to be heard and were shutdown.
- Students who are not part of the “mainstream” feel that the university sides with a certain population on campus who is/was hurt by this display. These students don’t see a tolerance or respect for inclusion and diversity on campus but rather a tenor that continues to favor the traditional/white student. They are on campus and in class with their peers and are seeing repercussions.
In May 1973, Shakur was involved in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike, in which she was accused of killing New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster (photo below) and grievously assaulting Trooper James Harper.
Between 1973 and 1977, Shakur was indicted in relation to six other incidents—charged with murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, bank robbery, and kidnapping—resulting in three acquittals and three dismissals. In 1977, she was convicted of the first-degree murder of Foerster and of seven other felonies related to the shootout.
Werner Forester today thanks to murderess Shakur
She escaped from prison and fled to Cuba to live with her communist comrades. Cuba has refused to return her to face justice.
Shakur has a big fan base of revolutionaries. The co-founder of the communist/socialist-inspired, Soros-funded, Black Lives Matter movement, Alicia Garza, a self-described “queer” social-justice activist, reveres the Marxist revolutionary Assata Shakur for her contributions to the “Black Liberation Movement.”
The mural was put up without the university’s permission and was brought to light by a professor who happened upon it in the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center and runs the Marquette Warrior website.
This paragraph from the petition twists the removal into some kind of racist assault while expressing indignation over the “pure vilification” of the murderess .
“First and foremost, there was no consideration of the intellectual or scholarly traditions in which Shakur is invoked and engaged. While she is certainly a controversial figure, by adopting the narrative of pure vilification, the university has applied a problematic standard. The opportunity to sponsor a discussion about the appropriateness or inappropriateness of the mural’s subject was completely lost. Any context about race, policing, and the present moment and historical legacy surrounding these issues were ignored, including any reflection on Marquette’s own place within the social justice landscape. Did the administration consider the chilling impact of the erasure of the image within the context of present conversations about police brutality and black life?…”
Her supporters like to claim that Shakur is innocent to justify their stance. They then like to say Shakur was victimized by police brutality. There is no doubt she is guilty.
The professor’s petition blathered about black students painting the mural “to self-educate and explore” and the university didn’t consider the “racial politics” when they selected their figure for “erasure.”
If it’s to “self-educate”, why did they call her “courageous”. How is a cop killer “courageous?”
This is the mural that faced “erasure.” It includes two quotes by Shakur, “No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free,” and “Before going back to college, i knew i didn’t want to be an intellectual, spending my life in books and libraries without knowing what the hell is going on in the streets. Theory without practice is just as incomplete as practice without theory. The two have to go together.”
How inspiring. “Education” to “overthrow them.” Lovely.
These leftist radicals have no values. They’re sick people. Instead of teaching that cop killing is wrong, they’re justifying it and glorifying this bank robbing killer.
The petition trashed the university for taking the mural down and also for firing a winner of a professor who gave permission to put the mural up. The professor had other issues.
While the leftists in the faculty attempt to have the mural restored and the professor reinstated, they are meeting to make other demands such as changing the location of the Gender Resource Center to a more prominent spot.
They believe they should have been consulted before the mural was painted over but as the Jesuit leadership said, the time to discuss it was before they put it up and Jesuits certainly can’t condone a mural of a cop killer.
Their endless list of demands can be found at Marquette Warrior
Kirsten Powers on The Silencing: