NEW YORK — New York City college students who share a community room named for an escaped cop killer proclaimed their love for the fugitive Tuesday.
Members of seven campus groups at the City College of New York commended the school for allowing them to work in the name of domestic “terrorist” Assata Shakur, now believed to be hiding in Cuba.
“We know that many Black people that fought for better conditions in the 70′s were framed,” the groups said in a statement released to FOXNews.com. “We consider Assata Shakur to be one of the people who were wrongfully and purposefully framed for her activities.
“And we consider her a hero and role model for standing up for our people and putting her life on the line.”
The Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Community Center on the third floor of CCNY’s North Academic Center was named in 1989 for Shakur, convicted in the 1973 murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, and Morales, a former member of FALN, which is a Puerto Rican liberation group that claimed responsibility for a rash of bombings in New York in the mid-1970s.
Students questioned by FOXNews.com about the center hadn’t heard about the flap.
Sophomore Carlos Badilla, 20, of the Bronx, wants to know why the center was named after Shakur.
“If it had nothing to do with killing the cop, it’s alright,” he said. “You have to think why she did it, cause cops are known to mess with some people, you know. If she had a reason to do it then I have no problem with it.”
I just watched Fox News’ report about this and they had a member of the board of directors on saying that the name of the ‘community center’ was never approved by the City University of New York BOD and that they will look into having it re-named. The students who spend their time in this ‘community center’ plan on fighting a propsed re-naming.
Related: Michelle Malkin links up to a NY Sun report about a speech disgraced America-hating 9-11 victim-blaming ‘professor’ Ward Churchill made at New York’s New School – to cheers and applause from the 200 students in attendance. Anni Karni at the Sun writes:
An ethnic studies professor from the University of Colorado, Ward Churchill, received a standing ovation last night from a crowd of more than 200 New School students after blaming the 2001 World Trade Center attacks on America’s support of Israel and its sanctions against Iraq in 1996.
In a two-hour speech at the New School titled “Sterilizing History: The Fabrication of Innocent Americans,” delivered without notes, Mr. Churchill traced what he called a pattern of mass murder as American foreign policy from the time of the country’s inception to the events of September 11, 2001, which he said the country was essentially asking for.
Mr. Churchill also called the president of the New School, Robert Kerrey, a former senator of Nebraska, a “mass murder and serial killer to boot” for having served in Thanh Phong, Vietnam. Mr. Churchill also served in Vietnam, an act for which he said he has spent the rest of his life apologizing.
Mr. Churchill received cheers from the audience for comparing Mr. Kerrey to the serial killer Charles Manson. “That’s who you’ve got moral equivalency in the president’s chair at this institution,” Mr. Churchill said. “How about a cage rather than a president’s suite?”
Mr. Churchill was invited to the New School by a student group, the Women of Color. The university was not involved in the invitation.
“We brought him here because he offers a framework in which we can conceptualize the struggles our community is dealing with,” a junior at the New School, Jamila Thompson, said. “A person’s work should be engaged critically, and his work allows us to build broad-based networks with Native Americans, Latinos, and anti-racist whites.”
Regarding the New School, here’s a little history on how they treat sitting Senators who make speeches at their commencements.