"As far as I'm concerned, 'liberal' is the most meaningless word in the dictionary. . . . As long as some white middle-class people can live high on the hog, take vacations to Europe, send their children to private schools, and reap the benefits of their white skin privilege, then they are liberals. . . . They feel sorry for the so-called underprivileged just as long as they can maintain their own privileges." - Assata Shakur in Assata: An Autobiography

Assata Shakur's opening statement as co-counsel is rousing and powerful, but also it illustrates how slowly we have advanced anticapitalist racial causes since the 70s

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Assata 

"Most of the so-called communists i met weren't in any party at all, but just related to the philosophy of communism. Most followed very different political lines and policies, and it was difficult for them to sit down and agree on the time of day, much less hatch up some 'communist plot.'"

Where is the lie?

Assata 

"I am convinced that a systematic program for political education, ranging from the simplest to the highest level, is imperative for any successful organization or movement for Black liberation in this country. The party had some of the most politically conscious brothers and sisters as members, but in some ways it failed to spread that consciousness to the cadre in general."

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Assata, FBI psyops, paranoia, - 

Sooooo the end of this book is really intense, and I just can't stop thinking about how effective the FBI was at terrorizing members of the BPP nearly 50 years ago and how much easier it must be for them now considering the tech differences and eroded information rights.

In every "failed" movement of my lifetime, I'm seeing the potential FBI sabotage, the lists and lists of activists and their platforms, careful plans to undermine it all.

Feeling very helpless.

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