I just figured some people would get a laugh out of this. I recently went on a tear and bought two Voltairine de Cleyre books. So I’m currently working on the Reader which contains all her major essays, minor essays, speeches and even poetry. So after the first few days I flip the book over and see a website for the press company. I decide to check it out, no biggie. Well it comes up blocked at work. So our work filters have a tag at the end to say why its blocked. Well, guess what, the press that printed my book is catgeorized as “Terror” Funny enough, theres a UK Site for the press as well which wasn’t blocked. The real question though, is how many libaries have this site blocked because of Filters? Who decides that this little Communitive Independent Press is a Terrorist organaztion?
So a few days later, I had told my mom about one of her Essays which was really good. Actually here’s a link to it since its a good read Free Thought Interestingly Enough that was the second version of it I had to find. Once again I was scanning through online archives at work and the first one came up blocked as Terror It just makes me scratch my head.
But hey, to top it off and make a complete circle, there’s such a thing as “Domestic Terrorists” Its actually a new label since 9/11. Currently there’s an elderly black women living in Cuba who is one of the most wanted Domestic Terrorists. Assata Shakur, who is wanted in the murder of a state trooper, escaped from prison in Jersey and got political asylum in Cuba. Now of course she’s been convicted, but from every legit expert whose worked on the case says that not only was she wounded early in the firefight, but it was impossible for her to have fired the gun with the wound she had and it would have been even tougher for her to have made the shot at the angle the cop got hit. But none of that matters, because she is now worth One Million Dollars. That’s right, a 120 pound 60 year old black woman is a Terrorist worth a million dollars. Not only that,but its not as though she’s been senselessly killing people for the last twenty years. She’s been relatively quiet and secluded as most bios about her drop off the map after she reaches Cuba.
But not only that, a good amount of Black Panthers who were previously jailed for a multitude of reasons find themselves being tagged as Domestic Terrorists and being held without reason, bail, or trial. Given that most of them were convicted on COINTELPRO bullshit its really a shame.