The Little-Known Story of Joanne Chesimard and the Black Liberation Army

The story of the Black Liberation Army, a radical armed Black revolutionary Marxist movement in the 1960’s-1970’s,  is little known. Although at first they were little more than thugs turned revolutionaries, they carried out some spectacular actions and seemed to always be one step ahead of the cops. You know that’s got to count for something. I believe in giving respect where it is deserved.

I always had a soft spot for the Black Liberation Army.

One of the leaders of the BLA was Joanne Chesimard, aka Assatu Shakur is fairly well known because of lying propaganda that she shot and killed a cop and subsequently is near the top of the US Most Wanted List. The truth is she is 100% innocent of that charge. She is probably guilty of some other things and she is certainly guilty of a spectactual prison break, but she is innocent of shooting that cop.

In fact, she was shot and badly wounded in the incident where the police officer was killed. She and four other BLA members were pulled over by the police in New Jersey and a wild shootout ensued. I believe the police officer was killed with his own gun. The man who killed the cop was also shot dead. Joanne was badly wounded, but she never fired a weapon during the whole shootout. In fact, I believe she was not even armed. Nevertheless, she has been charged with the officer’s murder though she had nothing to do with it. She was given political asylum by revolutionary Cuba. One of the US’ stupid and arrogant demands of the Cubans is that they give up Assata. Raul Castro said they never will. They should not. She’s innocent anyway.

Chesimard and other BLA members were very good, always escaping from close calls with the cops and even escaping from police custody a few times. Chesimard and some others escaped from a federal prison in Florida in 1979 disguised as laundry workers. Fellow BLA members disguised as laundry workers and drove a laundry truck in and broke the BLA out of a maximum security prison! There was a vast manhunt on for Chesimard all over the US, but she could never be found. There were a lot of people hiding her and they were very good at it. Suddenly, three years later, she popped up in Cuba and said she had been given asylum. No one knew how she got there, and no one has ever figured out where she was for three years.

This is one reason I can never get into any serious anti-Black racism. John Brown is one of my ultimate heroes! I don’t care how many people he killed. So what! A revolution is not a picnic! I liked the Black Panthers a lot too, and I still like them to this very day. I rather like the idea of armed Black revolutionaries running around waging a revolutionary war against the system. Good for them! And the Black Panthers’ armed self-defense was also a good thing. I loved Huey Newton and love Elaine Brown. I even have a soft spot for Stokely Carmichael and even Eldridge Cleaver. How can I be an anti-Black racist? What crap!

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4 responses to “The Little-Known Story of Joanne Chesimard and the Black Liberation Army

  1. Jason Y

    Sorry to make light of it, but I get images of blacks with huge fros doing Kung-fu. Am I off-base here?

  2. Mayur Varshne

    Interesting. I don’t really think that Cuba or any other country for that matter will quite risk a deadly war for a refugee even though the Cuban establishment is quite ‘the anti-American’. Besides, Cuba, like the rest of Latin America, is pretty notorious for it’s racism.

    The blacks have had quite come up there largely due to the likes of Martin Luther King and Cassius Clay but I perceive, the miracle could have happened only in the home of the brave, and, the country of the free which is quite the land of opportunity. Of course, one can not ignore the impact of the horrors and the ‘guilt’ of World War Two.

    Revolution is of little good if the ‘violence’ fails to badly hit the classes.

  3. Jason Y

    Hatred against blacks is upsetting, but it will never end, just like hatred against GIs won’t end in South Korea.

    Note, here is another new story where “a sweet likable poster-boy for the white race” has been robbed and murdered (and on his last trucking run before retirement)

    http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Police-Tennessee-truck-driver-robbed-then-killed-11744384.php

    The Advocate reports 49-year-old Keith Odom, of Jonesborough, Tennessee, was shot in a parking lot while repairing his 18-wheeler around 8 a.m. on Tuesday. He was also waiting to make a delivery to Barton’s Surplus Warehouse. Authorities say Odom died at the hospital.
    Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola says investigators believe Odom was shot after he turned over his possessions to the robber.

    • Jason Y

      So is it no wonder the Duck Dynasty from Lousiana are hypermasculine rednecks? Is it no wonder a teacher I knew from Lousiana has a nearly psychopathic hatred of blacks?

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