April 11, 2015
A school teacher in New Jersey has been suspended by racists for forcing her third-grade class to write “get well” letters to a convicted Black cop-killer.
But how can it be wrong to kill cops when Whites are so evil?
Orange School Superintendent Ronald Lee said in a statement that school administrators “vehemently deny” any knowledge of Marylin Zuniga’s assignment. Preliminary inquiries found that Zuniga did not seek approval from administrators nor were parents notified, Lee said.
The letters were delivered to Mumia Abu-Jamal in prison following his hospitalization last month for what his family said was treatment for complications from diabetes. The former Black Panther is serving life behind bars for the 1981 murder of white Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner. His conviction was upheld through years of appeals, but he has gained international support for his claim that he is the victim of a racist justice system.
Philadelphia’s police union expressed outrage over the get-well cards.
“It’s not a good use of school time. It’s absolutely not teaching them anything except how to interact with a convicted cop killer,” said John McNesby, president of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police. “So if I was a parent there, I would absolutely be appalled.”
A supporter and history professor at Baruch College, Johanna Fernandez, showed Abu-Jamal the letters while she visited him Monday.
“I think he was touched,” Fernandez told The Associated Press on Friday.
Fernandez defended Zuniga from what she called the police union’s attempt to demonize and bully her, saying Abu-Jamal has received many letters from children over the years.
“Quite frankly, I’m more concerned about 8-year-olds witnessing a police officer kill an innocent man in South Carolina than I am about a teacher sending letters her children wrote to one of the most important black public intellectuals of our time, who happens to be very ill,” said Fernandez, referring to the shooting last weekend of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.
You tell it sister. Despite the conviction, we all know Mumia dindu nuffin.