Conservatives Practice Hypocrisy

Aman Gill is a UC Berkeley student. UC Berkeley students Laura Davis and Ranjan Muthukrishnan contributed to this article. Respond at [email protected]

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On Sept. 27, the Berkeley College Republicans and the Berkeley Conservative Foundation invited Accuracy in Academia's Dan Flynn, author of the scurrilous "Cop Killer: How Mumia Abu-Jamal Conned Millions Into Believing He Was Framed," to propagate the Philadelphia police lies which framed Jamal. It is obscene that the Berkeley Conservative Foundation, whose supercilious campus organ The Patriot runs the bloodthirsty headline "Fry Mumia," are now charging the outraged students who protested this bigot's talk with violating their "free speech." It is even more obscene that last week the ASUC joined the chorus, passing a bill condemning the protestors ("Abu-Jamal Protesters Inspire Senate Bill," Oct. 13).

The evidence that Jamal was framed is overwhelming. The police's murder scenario contradicted autopsy results and there is no evidence that the supposed murder weapon was even fired. Jamal's alleged "confession" was not reported until two months after the fact and the cop who was with Jamal after the shooting originally reported that "during this time, the negro male made no comments." Jamal was stripped of his right to represent himself and removed from the courtroom for much of his trial.

In their adamant efforts to uphold the racist capitalist order, the George W. Bush wannabes of the Berkeley Conservative Foundation groove on the thought of consummating the legal lynching of Jamal. The concern of the anti-Jamal bigots for truth and freedom is just about as great as that of the 1857 "Dred Scott" Supreme Court, which ruled that blacks "had no rights which a white man was bound to respect." They raise no hoopla about the FBI's murders of 38 Black Panthers, but yelp about "free speech" when they see obstacles in the way of Jamal's legal murder. What hypocrisy!

Jamal's case provides a comprehensive picture of the institutionalized barbarism of the death penalty which stands at the pinnacle of a legal apparatus of racist repression in the United States. It underlines the fact that there is no justice in the capitalist courts, which, along with the cops and prisons, exist as the bourgeoisie's machinery of repression against the working class and oppressed. Jamal spoke, and speaks, forcefully against this reality of black oppression, the cornerstone of American capitalism. This is precisely why groups like the Berkeley Conservative Foundation and Berkeley College Republicans, who strive to preserve what they can of the legacy of slavery, would like to see Jamal dead as soon as possible.

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