(Khalid Muhhamad incites violence and bigotry on behalf of Mumia)
Prior to last weeks pro-Mumia protest in Philadelphia, there were articles all over Mumia-world raising the specter of members of two groups of white racists possibly mounting a counter-protest to the Mumia rally. With the hyperbolic non-logic that goes along with most pro-Jamal propaganda, the situation was described this way on a post at the Philly IMC
“The fight to free death row political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal is a defining cause for all opponents of the racist American ‘justice’ system. The fascists are deadly enemies of labor, blacks and all the oppressed. It is no accident that they threaten to come forward as the stormtroopers for those who seek Mumia’s legal lynching. This makes clear that the fight to free Mumia is labor's fight.”
Notice the rhetorical gymnastics in play to make it as if fighting for Mumia is to fight for labor, is the fight against bigotry, and the fight against fascism in general. Most insulting and plain wrong is the insinuation that the “storm troopers” represent anyone other than themselves.
While I don’t call for Jamal’s execution, I do know plenty of people who do, and none of them have anything but contempt for the bigots who raise their banner over and attach themselves to, the call for justice for a slain Police Officer. A frequent poster on a message board, and Philadelphia Police Officer summed up the situation this way:
“Having the skinhead world staging a counter-protest is just as insulting. They are not coming here to support Danny. They are coming here to spew hate against blacks. If Danny's killer was white, they'd be nowhere to be found. The KSS (Keystone State Skinheads) is a hate organization as much as MOVE is. Both sides will be shouting about injustice. Sadly the only injustice is that Danny Faulkner, who by all accounts didn't see people in black or white, was murdered in cold blood by a scumbag cab driver named Wesly Cook whose own brother won't step up to proclaim him innocent.
What's worse is that the Mumidiots on their websites are insinuating that the FOP is supporting the Skinheads counter-protest. Do I even need to point out to any card carrying member of Lodge 5 that nothing could be further from the truth? The skinheads counter-protest is all part of their "celebration" of Adolf Hitler's birthday. All they will be doing is supporting Mumia-Wesley's cause in the long run.
Remember, the KSS would shoot you dead as a cop just as quick as that cab driving lowlife did in 1981. I never thought I'd say this but I'd rather just have to deal with the usual Mumidiots than both them and the scumbag domestic terrorists KSS.
But knowing my brothers and sisters in blue, those assigned to this thankless detail will do their best to protect both sides even though their hearts will say F-em all.
Stay safe. No one puts their hands on you. Don't let them get to you. BOTH sides are HOPING for heavy handed police. We know better. We are above the savagery these two groups live by. Kill them with kindness”
By not adopting the “enemy of my enemy is my friend” attitude the Faulkner supporters are taking the high road, while those who support Mumia consistently look for, and continue to find the lowest common denominator of human depravity.
Indeed, it is the Mumia supporters who have had hatred on their side and have since the very inception of this ordeal. If one takes the time to go beyond the wall of invective and reads the trial transcripts, it becomes clear that it was Jamal and his supporters that so loudly injected race into the trial. And from the inception of the proceedings, and even before than, it was being alleged that the whole thing was a “racist conspiracy”, that the Judge, the jurors (two of whom were black), certainly the DA, and even Jamal’s own attorney was disparaged as an Uncle Tom and was called a “nigger” more times by Jamal’s black supporters than by whites. And to this day, Jamal supporters have attempted to make a person’s stance on Jamal’s case a determining factor on whether one is a bigot or not. In their world, to oppose Jamal is the equivalent of wearing the robes of the KKK, and if you are black you are considered a race traitor, an “Uncle Tom”, a party to your own oppression.
During my time as a supporter of Mumia, the theme of racist conspiracy was one thing that was constant. Even between supporters of the convicted cop-killer there were accusations and behind the back insinuations as to whether people were sufficiently beholden to the alleged “anti-racist” agenda which was often anything but.
Certainly, if there is a crime in being a bigot, than so too should it be a crime to falsely malign someone as being a racist. As I mentioned before, it is a given in Mumia world that if you oppose the pro-Mumia agenda, than you are racist, but certain people were and are singled out as being specifically and psychotically racist.
In a typical example of “blaming the victim”, it has been alleged without a shred of proof that Officer Faulkner, whom Mumia murdered, was a bigoted cop who got his savage kicks out harassing and beating blacks. To be sure, the description of the incident as espoused by Jamal supporters has Faulkner “brutally beating” Mumia’s brother. The Jamal supporter’s false narrative is the only “proof” ever given with regards to Faulkner being a bigot. In fact, what we know of Officer Faulkner is that he was anything but a racist. Indeed, one of Jamal’s own witnesses called Faulkner a “good” cop and it was Faulkner, who, on the night of his own murder stayed with a young African-American rape victim, coincidentally at the same hospital where he would only hours later be pronounced dead.
Faulkner’s widow, Maureen, has also been labeled as a racist and it has been said flat out that she knows Jamal is innocent, but champions his death as a part of her racist agenda of revenge where any black man will do. There is no evidence of bigotry on Maureen Faulkner’s part and again evidence to the contrary. When a group founded by David Duke and ironically headed by a black woman for a time, “The National Association For The Advancement Of White People” gave a donation to the non-profit charity in Faulkner’s name, Maureen insisted that it be returned.
And what of the Jamal movement and hate groups? The “New Black Panther Party”, “The Nation Of Islam”, and “Black Lawyers For Justice” are all identified as hate groups by the "Southern Poverty Law Center" which monitors such groups and they are all groups which on one level or another, affiliated with the Mumia movement. “The Southern Poverty Law Center” includes these groups because in their words;
“Black separatists typically oppose integration and racial intermarriage, and they want separate institutions -- or even a separate nation -- for blacks. Most forms of black separatism are strongly anti-white and anti-Semitic, and a number of religious versions assert that blacks -- not Jews -- are the Biblical "chosen people" of God.
Although the Southern Poverty Law Center recognizes that much black racism in America is, at least in part, a response to centuries of white racism, it believes racism must be exposed in all its forms. White groups espousing beliefs similar to Black Separatists would be considered clearly racist. The same criterion should be applied to all groups regardless of their color.”
There are also individual anti-Semites and racists on team Mumia who are not members of any particular group, but whose ideology is one of hatred. Professor Griff for example, member of the seminal rap group “Public Enemy” had as his topic at a Temple University program called “Hip-Hop 101", Mumia’s case. Griff, aside from his musical adventures is probably best known for his statement that “Jews are responsible for the majority of the wickedness in the world”.
A fixture at Jamal programs for years has been world-famous poet Amiri Baraka. After 9/11 he wrote a poem that included this nugget of naked stupidity “Who Knew The World Trade Center was gonna bet bombed...Who told 4000 Israeli workers at the Twin Towers”. It was the artistic compliment to another Jamal supporter, this one from the Wannabe Indian Tribe, Ward Churchill’s assertion that the victims of 9/11 were “little Eichmanns”.
More than just showing up at “Free Mumia” rallies, these hate groups and individuals are courted, offered a platform from which to speak from, and are free to sell their propaganda and make money . This is the exact opposite of the hate groups who are showing up ostensibly in the name of Officer Faulkner. These opprotunistic reactionaries appear, unilaterally, without an invite or endoresement, mug for the cameras, and crawl back into the holes from which they came. Traditonally, these groups are extremely antagonistic towards law-enforcement when it serves their purpose, and hide behind the Police when they must, but at the end of the day, hate the Police as much as any other extremist group. They have shot down Officers in the line of duty and murdered those whose criticisms hit to close to home as they did radio host Alan Berg. The only hope is the same hope that one has for the Mumia supporters and that is most will grow out of their odious views.
I can also hope that eventually people will realize that fascism comes not only in the form of angry, white men, with bad hair cuts, and a hatred for everything outside of their mythical “Aryan” race, but also in the form of dread-locked MOVE members like Pam Africa who court racists, give them a platform, and ruthlessly exploit racial problems for monetary gain.