When pondering the condition of higher education in this country, we need look no further than the choices colleges make. Believers in centralized powerful government make up almost all of the professors and invited speakers. When you ask an inhumane cop killer to speak at the commencement, you have crossed a line. It is a slap in the face to his widow and law enforcement officers everywhere. The students themselves decided on Mumia Abu-Jamal to speak at their graduation. There are so many unanswered questions. Why did they select him? According to his spokeswoman, Samantha Kolber, “They chose Mumia because to them Mumia represents a struggle for freedom of the mind, body and spirit… “Those were values important to this graduating class.” Abu-Jamal, is an alumnus of Goddard College. The very small local college graduating class is roughly 20 students. His speech will be pre-recorded.
Death Row Cop Killer to Deliver Goddard College Commencement Speech Sunday
On December 9, 1981, at approximately 3:55 a.m., Officer Danny Faulkner, a five year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, made a traffic stop at Locust Street near Twelfth Street. The car stopped by Officer Faulkner was being driven by William Cook. After making the stop, Danny called for assistance on his police radio and requested a police wagon to transport a prisoner. Unbeknownst to him, William Cook’s brother, Wesley (aka Mumia Abu-Jamal) was across the street. As Danny attempted to handcuff William Cook, Mumia Abu-Jamal ran from across the street and shot the officer in the back. Danny turned and was able to fire one shot that struck Abu-Jamal in the chest; the wounded officer then fell to the pavement. Mumia Abu-Jamal stood over the downed officer and shot him four more times at close range, once directly in the face. Mumia Abu-Jamal was found still at the scene of the shooting by officers who arrived there within seconds. The murderer was slumped against the curb in front of his brother’s car. In his possession was a .38 caliber revolver that records showed Mumia had purchased months earlier. The chamber of the gun had five spent cartridges. A cab driver, as well as other pedestrians, had witnessed the brutal slaying and identified Mumia Abu-Jamal as the killer both at the scene and during his trial.
Such high profile personalities as Spike Lee, Susan Sarandon, Paul Newman, Maya Angelou and Alec Baldwin, to name a few, have lent their names to advertisements claiming Mumia’s trial had been unfair and calling for a new trial. Danny’s killer has also become a symbol for international organizations in places such as France and Denmark that oppose the death penalty. They have turned this murderer into a “political prisoner.” Alternative rock bands like Rage Against the Machine and the Beastie Boys have done benefit concerts to raise money for Mumia’s defense. Students at the University of California wear “Free Mumia” t-shirts. This culmination of politicos and personalities, regardless of their motivations, have turned Danny’s murderer into a mythic figure. Truth has been damned and fantasy has become fact.
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