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MUMIA: LONG DISTANCE REVOLUTIONARY
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From: R.B. Wilk
Date Added: 4/2/2013 4:57:01 PM
Tom Stockman’s claim of incontrovertible guilt merely repeats the Fox “News”/Fraternal Order of Police anti-Mumia rant graphically depicted in Long Distance Revolutionary, and intelligently rebutted by various well-informed journalists, academics and others in the film. In fact, the inconclusive, contradictory, and at least partially fabricated evidence, as well as the blatant racism and pro-prosecution bias of the judge – among other instances of police, prosecutorial and judicial misconduct in this case – are grounds for very serious doubt as to Mumia Abu-Jamal’s guilt, and leave absolutely no doubt that his conviction was obtained by fraudulent means. Like hundreds of other Black Panther Party members and other political dissidents in the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s, Mumia Abu-Jamal was targeted for a hit by law enforcement and railroaded to a murder conviction for surviving. If any political dissident in another country came under similar attack, the American media would unhesitatingly acknowledge such a person as a political prisoner.
As for Stockman’s analogy with a priest convicted of child molestation, this is novel but misleading. Since Stephen Vittoria intentionally set out to make a film about Mumia himself, rather than yet another argument about his case, it should come as no surprise that the film focuses on Mumia rather than his case. However, if a priest were falsely accused and intentionally framed for child molestation because he preached against war or in favor of gay rights, then that priest would indeed be a political prisoner, and a review of his sermons would shed much-needed light on the actual motivation for his wrongful conviction. And, sadly, no priest who is truly guilty and fairly proven guilty of child molestation would be punished anywhere nearly as severely as a black man who survives an attempted assassination by white police officers in this country.
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