On Monday, the supposedly bipartisan Women’s March tweeted out a happy birthday message to an actual, honest-to-goodness terrorist: Assata Shakur.
The tweet came complete with a picture of Shakur, with the slogan “IS IN THE STRUGGLE” pasted at the top. In May 1973, Shakur was wounded in a shootout with state troopers on the New Jersey Turnpike; one trooper was killed, execution-style. She was convicted of the murder, and sentenced to life in prison. In 1979, she escaped from prison and then finally fled to Cuba, where she has been living; she is still on the FBI Most Wanted Terrorist List, and there is a $2 million reward on her head. As David French points out at National Review:
All told, “from 1970 to 1984, the BLA was responsible for four bombings, four hijackings and 32 violent armed confrontations in the United States. Sixteen of those involved confrontations with law enforcement officers who were killed.” In other words, by every reasonable contemporary definition of terrorism, Shakur was a violent terrorist who belonged to a violent terrorist organization.
Shakur has become a hero to leftists because she rejects the morality of Western civilization — she was a member of the Black Liberation Army, a more violent splinter from the Black Panther Party. In Cuba, she wrote a trite autobiography in which she made claims like this:
They call us bandits, yet every time most Black people pick up our paychecks we are being robbed. Every time we walk into a store in our neighborhood we are being held up. And every time we pay our rent the landlord sticks a gun into our ribs. … The rulers of this country and their flunkies have committed some of the most brutal, vicious crimes in history. They are the bandits. They are the murderers. And they should be treated as such.
This is pretty vile stuff, but it’s cheered by the far Left, brought up on Howard Zinn and trained to see Amerika as the enemy. No wonder Linda Sarsour is welcomed with open arms by the Women’s March.
UPDATE: The Women’s March has now written a full explanation of their “happy birthday” message — and it’s not helpful.