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Page 1. Assata (Shakur),. An. Autobiography. Digitalized by. RevSocialist for. SocialistStories. Page 2. Page 3. Page 4. Page 5. Page 6. Page 7. Page 8. Page 9. Assata: An Autobiography is a autobiographical book by Assata Shakur. In the recording, Assata publicly described herself as a black revolutionary and. Assata Olugbala Shakur is a former member of the Black Liberation Army, who was convicted In , she published Assata: An Autobiography, which was written in Cuba. Her autobiography has been cited in relation to critical legal.

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I live near New Jersey, and I was amazed to learn that institutionalized racism was so entrenched in the “liberal” Northeast. Shakur isn’t making any confessions here. For the majority of Assata’s story, there seemed to be a wall up between her and her audience.

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What followed was a witch-hunt the likes of which I have not heard of which went on for years. Long a target of J. She then joined the Black Liberation Armya loosely-knit offshoot of the Black Panthers which led an armed struggle against the US government through tactics such as robbing banks and killing police officers and drug dealers.

May 01, Lady-R rated it really liked it Autobioggaphy I learned a lot about myself, my people, and my country through her personal experience that she shared with us. The details of her trials, thoroughly explicated for readers, are just downright boring. In the message Assata describes sasata corruption of police, structural inequality between blacks and whites, and the American support of brutal wars and regimes in Cambodia, Vietnam, and South Africa. Along with her general writing, it’s also her poetry that lights up the darkness inside.

You can’t help but love Assata and the way she easily talks about how she feels and what assat went through.


Heart learning how to love. I cannot understand how she could be so easily led to make a decision that affected her life greatly. Between andin New York and New JerseyShakur was indicted ten times, resulting in seven different criminal trials. They hate you momma cause you expose their madness. The married life ended within a year; they divorced in December She was right up my alley because i [sic] was forever asking all kinds of questions.

But once I got passed that I really enjoyed this book and all the lessons it held. While no one was hurt during the prison break, two of the four people who helped Assata escape were later captured and imprisoned.

While she spent some time trying to be a grown-up on the streets of NYC when she was just an adolescent, she ultimately went to college and d Content Warning: The New York Times. The chapters alternate, with the even chapters telling the story of Assata’s youth and maturation, and the rest documenting her later life, beginning with the story of that infamous NJ Turnpike shootout.

I’m going to provide a few quotes from the book and you tell me what decade we are discussing: I found this to be especially true in terms of the chapters that Assata wrote about her childhood. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. She escaped from prison and she lives in Cuba, still a fugitive. She only covers what she is charged with and the nine criminal trials she attends while held in prison for four years, most of it in solitary confinement.

She had to sue for physical therapy. She spent a lot of time as a girl in North Carolina with her grandparents, though. And i believe that a lost ship, steered by tired, seasick sailors, can still be guided home to port. In the climax that leads to her imprisonment, Assata explains that she was shot by police on the New Jersey turnpike, and the men in the car with her would not fare well: View all 3 comments.


Otherwise, it leaves readers puzzled.

But as this books shows, from the moment she joined the Black Panthers, she was demonised. And it is that one percent, the heads of large autobiogdaphy, who control the policies of the news media and determine what you and i hear on radio, read in the newspapers, see on television. Empowering Albina and Remaking a City. To win we have got to wear down our oppressors, little by little, and, at the same time, strengthen our forces, slowly zssata surely War against Black Revolutionaries.

Oct 10, Ciara rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: They are alive and stick get heard. Noses pressed against windows, looking in. Contents Foreword by Lennox S Hinds vi.

Assata: An Autobiography

I loved that she always stood up for herself even when death was eminent. After reading about the hardships and outright racism Shakur faced during her years in limbo in America’s worst prisons and suffering sham trials, I understood more about the background of the protests, the black liberation movement, the Black Panthers, and the American court system in the s.

Between andshe was charged with murderattempted murderarmed robberybank robberyand kidnapping in relation to the shootout and six other incidents.

I find it very hard to trust biographies or autobiographies. She also comments on violence against police, which we still see today. Patriarchal methods of teacher and student will not tear down the patriarchy so long as the teacher is always the teacher and the student is always the student.

Retrieved April 3, I am compelled to review this autobiography so harshly that I am afraid I might make unfounded assertions about this memoir that may be completely false, but these are all my opinions.