The C.O.W.S. Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Live From Death Row Part II

Thursday, December 19th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific

The Context of White Supremacy hosts our second study session on Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Live From Death Row. A father, journalist and former Black Panther Party Member, Abu-Jamal has been a Pennsylvania inmate since 1981. He stands convicted of killing a White enforcement officer on the morning of December 9, 1981. He’s maintained his innocence for almost 40 years. We’ll read his 1996 publication, Live From Death Row, which is a collection of essays examining White Supremacy, U.S. history and the so-called legal system. We’ll examined how much has changed – or not – since this book’s original publication. Last week’s session focused on the 1987 Supreme Court case McCleskey v. Kemp. Mumia notes that a key piece of evidence from this case is that defendants charged with killing someone classified as White in Georgia are 4.3 times more likely to receive a death sentence compared to someone charged for killing a black person. He quotes Yale Law scholar Robert Burt, who processed the McCleskey decision by saying: “Law enforcement in the most serious cases is entrusted predominantly to groups of white men who value white lives more than black lives; and thus take special vengeance on blacks who murder whites… as if our society were gripped by fears about, and prepared to take preemptive strikes against, an explosion of race warfare.”

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