Prison Radio
Mumia Abu-Jamal

Across the nation, as students raise their hands and voices in protest against what U. S. President Joseph Biden has called “indiscriminate bombing of Gazan civilians,” they’re also facing punishments and repression by colleges and universities, not to mention the violence and brutality of police. Students who are protesting the immense violence of the Israeli apartheid system are subjected to American state violence.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Americans believe that they are free to protest under the protections of the First Amendment to the Constitution. Tell that to the cops. Tell that to campus administrators.

In truth, if the positions taken by protesters are controversial enough, disturbing enough, they are subjected to state and administrative repression. They are beaten, locked up. They are suspended and expelled. Where is the constitutional protection? Here’s the hard truth. There is none. Period.
Fact: Civil suits may be filed and they may even be won. But don’t forget, the damage is done. Legal relief after a beating ain’t no relief at all. That’s because legal systems protect power relations. They protect the status quo. Students who protest against injustice, against racist violence, should be celebrated, lauded, and applauded. That is not yet the case. But they’re doing something noble, something deeply human. They care for the oppressed.
Kudos for that.
With love, not fear, this is Mumia Abu.Jamal.
These commentaries are recorded by Prison Radio.