Frases de Mumia Abu-Jamal

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Mumia Abu-Jamal

Fecha de nacimiento: 24. Abril 1954

Mumia Abu-Jamal, nacido con el nombre de Wesley Cook,[1]​ es un periodista y activista político afroamericano estadounidense, condenado a pena de muerte en 1982 por el asesinato del oficial de policía Daniel Faulkner.

Involucrado en el nacionalismo negro en su juventud, fue miembro del Partido Pantera Negra hasta octubre de 1970, tras lo cual se convirtió en periodista de radio y fue presidente de la Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.[2]​ El 9 de diciembre de 1981, Faulkner recibió un balazo mortal en una parada rutinaria de tráfico al hermano de Abu-Jamal, William Cook. Se encontró a Abu-Jamal en la escena del crimen, con una herida de bala de la pistola de Faulkner, y su propio revólver descargado a su lado. Fue arrestado y acusado de crimen en primer grado.

Estuvo esperando ser ejecutado entre 1982 y diciembre de 2011, siempre declarándose inocente y tras una sucesión de todas las apelaciones posibles. En marzo de 2008, un tribunal ordenó revisar la condena a muerte[3]​ y el 7 de diciembre de 2011 se conmutó su pena a cadena perpetua sin libertad condicional.

La causa de Abu-Jamal se convirtió en emblema de los esfuerzos internacionales para abolir la pena de muerte en Estados Unidos; celebridades y activistas profesaron su inocencia y asimismo criticaron el parcializado juicio compuesto por un jurado de blancos.[4]​ Una petición lanzada en Internet en enero de 2010 para pedir al presidente Barack Obama que rechazara la pena de muerte recogió miles de firmas, incluidas las de la exprimera dama francesa Danielle Mitterrand, el escritor alemán Günter Grass y el estadounidense Noam Chomsky.

Mumia continuó realizando en prisión su programa de radio Live from Death Row, que fue también el título de su libro editado en 1995.

Frases Mumia Abu-Jamal

„El papel de la televisión es el de la ilusión de compañía, el ruido. Lo llamo la quinta pared y la segunda ventana: la ventana de la ilusión.“

—  Mumia Abu-Jamal

Original: «The role of television is the illusion of company, noise. I call it the fifth wall and the second window: the window of illusion»-
Fuente: Smith, Laura. I spend my days preparing for life, not for death. Publicado en The Guardian el 25 de octubre de 2007. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/oct/25/usa.laurasmith Consultado el 13 de febrero de 2019.

„No sólo quieren mi muerte, quieren mi silencio.“

—  Mumia Abu-Jamal

Fuente: Nuestra Arma es Nuestra Palabra: Escritos Selectos. Autores Subcomandante Marcos, Juana Ponce De Leon. Contribuidores Jose Saramago, Ana Carrigan. Editorial Seven Stories Press, 2011. ISBN 9781609802752.

„Elie Wiesel dice que el mayor mal en el mundo no es la ira o el odio, sino la indiferencia. Si eso es cierto, entonces lo contrario también es cierto: que el mayor amor que podemos mostrar a nuestros hijos es la atención que les prestamos, el tiempo que tomamos para ellos. Tal vez servimos a los niños lo mejor simplemente reparando en ellos.“

—  Mumia Abu-Jamal

Original: «Elie Wiesel says that the greatest evil in the world is not anger or hatred, but indifference. If that is true, then the opposite is also true: that the greatest love we can show our children is the attention we pay them, the time we take for them. Maybe we serve children the best simply by noticing them».
Fuente: Bevel, Helen L. Inspirational & Wisdom Sayings of African American Men. Editorial Lulu.com. ISBN 9781105154232. Página 7. https://books.google.es/books?id=XilvAwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Inspirational+%26+Wisdom+Sayings+of+African+American+Men&hl=es&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi8mPjM9LngAhVCx4UKHYTdBNQQ6AEIKzAA#v=onepage&q=Elie%20Wiesel%20says%20that%20the%20greatest%20evil%20in&f=false

„The role of television is the illusion of company, noise. I call it the fifth wall and the second window: the window of illusion.“

—  Mumia Abu-Jamal

"I spend my days preparing for life, not for death" http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,2198557,00.html The Guardian, Laura Smith (2007-10-25)

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„Once again, my family and I find ourselves being assaulted by the obscenity that is Mumia Abu-Jamal. On Sunday October 5th, my husband's killer will once again air his voice from what masquerades as a prison, and spew his thoughts and ideas at another college commencement. Mumia Abu-Jamal will be heard and honored as a victim and a hero by a pack of adolescent sycophants at Goddard College in Vermont. Despite the fact that 33 years ago, he loaded his gun with special high-velocity ammunition designed to kill in the most devastating fashion, then used that gun to rip my husband's freedom from him--today, Mumia Abu-Jamal will be lauded as a freedom fighter. Undoubtedly the administrators at Goddard who first accepted, then enthusiastically supported Abu-Jamal as their speaker will be moved by his "important message" when, if one distills that message to its basic meaning, it amounts to nothing more than the same worn out hatred for this country and everyone in law enforcement that Mumia Abu-Jamal has harbored his entire life. Many at Goddard College have said that this is a matter of Abu-Jamal's First Amendment right to speak and be heard. What a convenient way to dodge their responsibility to take a moral position on this situation. This is not a matter of First Amendment rights -- it's a matter of right and wrong. Across the country, people have been voicing their disgust with the wrong that the college is about to commit by allowing a convicted cop-killer to speak to them. Is this the message to be heard? How could they allow him to speak when Danny no longer has a voice? It is my opinion that all murderers should forfeit their right to free speech when they take the life of an innocent person. I have repeatedly seen college administrators deny conservative and religious speakers access to their campuses when even the tiniest minority feel their message is in some way offensive. What could be more offensive than having a person who violently took the life of another imparting his "unique perspective" on your students? Let's be honest. The instructors, administrators and graduates at Goddard College embrace having this killer as their commencement speaker not despite the fact that he brutally murdered a cop, but because he brutally murdered a cop. Otherwise, like so many other speakers that have been denied access to college campuses across the country, Goddard's administration would have lived up to their moral responsibility and pulled the plug on this travesty long ago. Shame on Goddard College and all associated with that school for choosing to honor an arrogant remorseless killer as their commencement speaker. Unfortunately, this is something that I am certain they will be proud of for the rest of their lives.“

—  Mumia Abu-Jamal

Statement http://6abc.com/news/mumia-abu-jamal-speech-met-with-vigil-for-slain-officer/337357/ by Maureen Faulkner, widow of Daniel Faulkner, upon Abu-Jamal's delivering the Commencement Address at Goddard College in 2014
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