Instructor calls convicted murderer wanted by the F.B.I. ‘one of our most treasured Freedom Fighters’
A professor at Philadelphia’s Temple University generated backlash on the Internet this week when he openly praised a convicted murderer and terrorist on his Instagram account, stating that the cop-killer “showed me the beauty of struggle.”
Marc Lamont Hill, who teaches media studies and urban education at Temple, posted a picture of Assata Shakur on his Instagram feed to mark her 71st birthday, saying that Shakur “wrote the second book that changed (and saved) my life” and “taught me about the value and power of Freedom Dreams.”
In 1977 Shakur was convicted of murdering a police officer on the New Jersey Turnpike. The first-degree murder conviction carried with it a life sentence, but Shakur escaped from prison two years later, eventually surfacing in Cuba, where she has remained in asylum ever since.
“I pray for her continued safety and protection. I continue to work to demonstrate her innocence,” Hill wrote of the convicted murderer who is has been on the F.B.I.’s most-wanted terrorist list since 2013.
“I implore the State to stop prosecuting an unjust and unfair campaign against one of our most treasured Freedom Fighters,” Hill added of the fugitive.
As reported by Twitchy.com, backlash to Hill’s post was swift. “Did she teach to you appreciate cop-killing?” one commenter asked.
“She’s a terrorist and a murderer. This speaks volumes to your character,” said another.
“Celebrating cop killers is a good way to unite Americans,” a third remarked.
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