Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite Save As Favorite View Article Stats
No comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

The Other Inauguration Celebration

By Mumia Abu-Jamal  Posted by Hans Bennett (about the submitter)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 1   Supported 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

Headlined to H4 3/20/09

opednews.com

 
Listen to the radio-essay here.
 
[col. writ. 3/9/09] (c)  '09 Mumia Abu-Jamal
 
 
 
For millions of people, both in America and abroad, the inauguration of a Black person as President of the United States was a moment of transcendent history, one of meaning and significance that suggests real change in a nation that has long labored under its racist history.
 
This was perhaps best evidenced by the vast number of people who swarmed Washington to be part of such a day.
 
But for half a dozen men in Pennsylvania's Camp Hill prison, in its SMU (Special Management Unit), the day will be remembered quite differently.
 
For that day marked a fit of beatings, electric stun gun (and shield) shocking, kicking, punching and other such treatment, accompanied by a rash of racist slurs by white guards against Black prisoners.
 
According to the Pittsburgh based Human Right Coalition (HRC), guards and staff launched an attack timed to the inauguration, to send the message, "F--k a historical day, y'all always going to be niggers!"

In an extensive 6 page report sent to members of the press, the HRC's  Fed Up! chapter documents assaults and threats against 6 men that day: David Smith, Gary Tucker, Damont Hagan, Ronald Jackson, Willie Robinson and Jamar Perry.  Some of these men were threatened with death for daring to file suits in courts against their treatment in the unit.
 
On the morning of the inauguration, one high-ranking guard reportedly announced over the PA system: "He (speaking of Obama), may have won, in my eyes he's still a n-word."  He also stated: "There will be no showers or yard today. We are going to show you niggers who runs this SMU." *
 
Men were handcuffed, sprayed with hot pepper mace in the face, blinded, stripped naked and beaten in retaliation for exercising their alleged constitutional right to file a civil rights suit in an American court, on the very day that Barack H. Obama was taking the oath of office, telling the assembled throng before him and the nation and world viewing it remotely, that "we do not torture."
 
For more information contact:
 
                    HRC/Fed Up!
                    5125 Penn Ave.
                    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
                    hrcfedup@gmail.com
                    (412) 361.3022, ext. 4
 
 
--(c) '09 maj
 
Source: "Urgent Action Alert: 6 Prisoners Assaulted in the Camp Hill SMU on Inauguration Day,"  Human Rights Coalition, Fed Up chapter (2/17/09).
 

 

 
(photo: SCI Camp Hill)

 

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Editor

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

OpEdNews.com: An interview with Rob Kall

Organizing to Abolish the Prison-Industrial Complex

AUDIO & PRESS RELEASE: New Mumia Crime Scene Photos Unveiled for First Time in the US!

The Assassination of Fred Hampton -- a Book Review

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
No comments