The Penetrating Words of Mumia Abu Jamal

Updated on January 3, 2017
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Mumia Abu Jamal.

Mumia Abu Jamal - Luminary; one who inspires others
Mumia Abu Jamal - Luminary; one who inspires others | Source

Introduction

There is an extremely popular saying which I quickly became familiar with as a child growing up in a Jamaica household; 'When your hand is in the lion's mouth, tek time draw it out.'

Or, to use standard English; 'when you find yourself in a difficult situation, don't do anything to make it worse.'

The phrase 'in the mouth of the lion' could easily be used to describe journalist and prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal's situation over the last thirty years. As a black male deep within the American prison industrial complex he's in an unenviable position. Perhaps this is made even worse by the fact that he is highly intelligent and in possesion of sophisticated levels of articulation which, like a loaded gun aimed at an enemy, he is not afraid to use.

Political Prisoner or Convicted Felon? Mumia Abu Jamal
Political Prisoner or Convicted Felon? Mumia Abu Jamal | Source

More About Mumia Abu Jamal

In short, Mumia could be considered to be the verbal equivalent of the stereotypical 'angry black man,' usually feared by white society and more so by the establishment. Except, of course, that Mumia is always objective during his reporting, with any anger he may feel remaining well below the surface.

Oddly, considering his constant denial of the crime he's accused of, Mumia's articles are not solely self-serving. He is relentlessly inclusive in his calls for justice for the oppressed. He speaks on behalf of all who are suffering at the hands of those who should know better and do better. Mumia's audience has no colour, race, creed or sex bar. His exacting rhetoric is international, he speaks for nations as well as individuals.

Through his research and subsequent reporting he shines a light on places, plights and policies which have been purposely kept in the shadows.

Mumia Abu Jamal
Mumia Abu Jamal | Source

Why Did I Write This?

Some say the evidence is clear; he's a convicted felon, a cop killer. He deserves to be in jail and is lucky to have had his death sentence commuted to life imprisonment.

Others say the evidence is incomplete, even falsified. Mumia Abu Jamal is innocent. A political prisoner who should be freed immediately.

"Mumia is now sentenced to “slow death row,” life imprisonment without parole. The state wants to silence and entomb for life this man who is known as a “long distance revolutionary." from www.PrisonRadio.Org

This article is not about that debate.

Through the short audio links below it gives you an opportunity to experience the golden voice of a talented and seasoned journalist who knows how to make a point which will stay with you long after you've finished listening.

This is his legacy. What's yours?

Words from Mumia Abu Jamal
Words from Mumia Abu Jamal
Prison Radio. A Voice for the Voiceless Behind the Fourth Wall
Prison Radio. A Voice for the Voiceless Behind the Fourth Wall | Source

Prisoners Should Be Given a Voice

All people regardless of whether or not they are incarcerated should be heard.

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Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu Jamal
Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu Jamal | Source
Books About Mumia Abu Jamal
Books About Mumia Abu Jamal

Mumia Said

"When a cause comes along and you know in your bones that it is
just, yet refuse to defend it--at that moment you begin to die.
And I have never seen so many corpses walking around talking about
justice." - Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Abu Jamal
Mumia Abu Jamal | Source
Mumia Abu Jamal
Mumia Abu Jamal

Mumia's Illness And Treatment

It would be remiss of me and simultaneously render this article incomplete if I were to omit news about Mumia's current health status.

At the time of writing (April 2016), Mumia is suffering from Hepatitis C and possible Diabetic symptoms.

He is far from well and there is a sustained campaign calling for improved medical health services for him, or ultimately for his actual release in order for him to receive better treatment.

A frighteningly frail Mumia Abu Jama with a terrible skin condition which his family and supporters claim is not being treated properly by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.
A frighteningly frail Mumia Abu Jama with a terrible skin condition which his family and supporters claim is not being treated properly by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. | Source

Final Thoughts

How could a man with virtually no access to the internet and extremely limited access to the outside world for so many years, all journalistic contacts carefully cultivated from his past work life no longer just a phone call away, still produce such erudite, thought-provoking, change-making material?

From which ill-stocked prison library did he scour books and out of date newspapers in order to compile such orally rich reporting?

I'm aware that during my years as a broadcast journalist, there were times when stories and sources were thin on the ground and we had to be creative in order to fill air-time. I don't think that Mumia has that problem. His professionalism and determination to be heard has remained key despite circumstances which would cause many to relinquish hope.

Here is a chance to listen to a keen, well presented world view on problems and situations which were not created by but which directly or indirectly affect the masses.

More recordings, information and news about Mumia are easy to access, just use your everyday freedom.

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