Sunday, August 31, 2008
THE BLACK FIST EVERYDAY BEST & BRIGHTEST BLACK HISTORY SERIES IS BACK!
Welcome Back Brothers & Sisters!!!
In this our eighteenth edition of "The Black Fist Everyday Best & Brightest Everyday Black History Series". We bring to the Black Fist spotlight our dear brother and forever revolutionary soldier on the battlefield for black justice and equality, Bro. H. Rap Brown.
Yes, we took a hiatus from our series only re-posting previous series for our faithful readers to marinate on. But now its time to get back into the action with an all new revolutionary best & brightest history series! Are you ready? I know I am! So let's get the ball back rolling by starting fresh and new with our eighteenth black hero featuring... Bro. H. Rap Brown.
We'd like to call this edition of our series:
H. RAP BROWN -- "AMERICAN AS CHERRY PIE"!
Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin was born Hubert Gerold Brown on October 4, 1943, later to become known throughout the diaspora as H. Rap Brown. Bro. H. Rap came to prominence in the 1960s as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Justice Minister of the Black Panther Party. This brother is perhaps most famous for his strong proclamation during that period of revolutionary warfare for the phrase "violence is as American as cherry pie", as well as once stating that "If America don't come around, we're gonna burn it down".
ACTIVISM SNCC AND THE PANTHERS
Bro. H. Rap was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He became known as H. Rap Brown during the 1960s. His activism in the civil rights movement included involvement with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), of which he was named chairman in 1967. That same year, he was arrested in Cambridge, Maryland, and charged with inciting to riot as a result of a fiery speech he gave there. He left the SNCC and joined the Black Panthers in 1968.
H. Rap Brown appeared on the FBI's Most Wanted List after avoiding trial on charges of inciting riot and of carrying a gun across state lines. His attorneys in the gun violation case were civil rights advocates Murphy Bell of Baton Rouge and the radical William Kunstler. He disappeared for eighteen months then was arrested after a reported shootout with officers. The shootout occurred after what was said to be attempted robbery of a bar in 1971 in New York.
He spent five years (1971-1976) in the Attica Prison after the robbery conviction. While in prison, Bro. H. Rap converted to Islam and changed his name to Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin. After his release, he opened a grocery store in Atlanta, Georgia and became a Muslim spiritual leader and community activist preaching against drugs and gambling in Atlanta's West End neighborhood. He also became leader of the National Ummah.
2000 ARREST AND CONVICTION
On March 16, 2000, in Fulton County, Georgia, Sheriff's deputies Ricky Kinchen and Aldranon English went to Al-Amin's home to serve an arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on a traffic citation of speeding and impersonating a police officer (he showed the officer his honorary badge that was given to him by the city for cleaning up the "West End"). After stopping in front of Bro. Al-Amin's home and determining that nobody was there they drove away and were passed by a black Mercedes that was heading home. Kinchen (the more senior deputy) watched the suspect vehicle and turned the car around and drove up to it nose to nose. English approached the Mercedes and told the occupant to show his hands. The occupant did and opened fire with a .223 rifle. English ran but was hit four times. Kinchen was shot with the rifle and a 9mm handgun (three times in the genitals). The following day, Kitchen died of his wounds in a Georgia hospital. English survived his wounds and while still under medication in the hospital identified Al-Amin as the shooter from six photos shown.
Shortly after the shootout, Al-Amin fled to White Hall, Alabama, where he was tracked down by U.S. marshals and arrested by law enforcement officers after a four-day manhunt. Al-Amin was wearing body armor at the time of his arrest, and near his arrest location, officers located a 9mm handgun and a .223 rifle. Ballistics testing showed that both weapons were the same guns used to shoot Kinchen and English. Later on, his black Mercedes, covered with bullet holes, was located.
On March 9, 2002, nearly two years after the shooting took place, Al-Amin was convicted of thirteen charges, including the murder of deputy Kinchen. Four days later, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He was sent to Georgia State Prison, the state's maximum security facility near Reidsville, Georgia.
Since his conviction, supporters of Al-Amin have asserted that another man, Otis Jackson, who confessed to the shooting (but later recanted), is the REAL shooter. Also the police initially believed the shooter was wounded during the gun battle, but Al-Amin had no injuries at the time of his arrest. Supporters assert that the investigation and trial were plagued by irregularities, including the suppression of evidence. Some feel that Al-Amin's conviction is politically motivated.
At his trial, prosecutors pointed out Al-Amin never provided any alibi for his whereabouts at the time of the shootout, nor any explanation as to why he fled the state afterwards. He also did not explain the bullet holes in his car, nor how the weapons used in the shootout were located near him during his arrest. In 2004, the Georgia Supreme Court unanimously ruled to uphold Al-Amin's conviction.
In August 2007, he was transferred from state custody to Federal custody as Georgia officials decided that Al-Amin is too high-profile an inmate for the Georgia prison system to handle. He was moved to a Federal transfer facility in Oklahoma pending assignment to a Federal penitentiary.
On October 21, 2007, Al-Amin was transferred to the ADX Florence Supermax Prison in Florence, Colorado.
Boy! Ain't that Some Sh*t!?!!
A Political Autobiography by Bro. H. Rap Brown called "Die Nigger Die!" (1969) is still in print, and another book called "Revolution By The Book" (1993) is also available through your local revolutionary black militant-styled bookstores and online.
Well brothers and sisters what do you think about what you've just read? Was our dear brother H. Rap Brown set-up by the white establishment for his political non-compromising stances and fiery black militant style speeches -OR- Did our brother really kill that fuzz and wound the other?
In typing this "story", I have no doubt there is sooo much more to this than what the white-controlled media and big boys in government want you & I to EVER know. H. Rap Brown is an "Everyday Best & Brightest Black Fist Hero". Why you may ask? Because first and foremost, NOBODY picks a black militants heroes & sheroes but a BLACK MILITANT HER/HIMSELF! P-E-R-I-O-D!
Brothers and Sisters, I feel in my heart that Bro. H. Rap Brown was targeted, set-up and ultimately incarcerated for his activism, political stances and fiery use of his 1st amendment rights to freedom of speech against a United States government that openly and blatantly oppresses the basic humanities and God-given rights of the Black man, Woman and Child in this here country!
May the Creator watch over Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin Bro. H. Rap Brown as he serves time in the devil's supermax industrial complex hellhole dungeon.
Nobody on the face of this planet Earth knows better than the white man that, in the words of Bro. H. Rap Brown, "VIOLENCE IS AS AMERICAN AS CHERRY PIE"! This devil IS the master of deception, wickedness and yes brothers and sisters supreme mayhem, violence, and bloodshed. We must ALWAYS stay strong and vigilate as Black Men and Women in the struggle for justice and equality NEVER EVER to retire. We just REGROUP and fight on!!!
In the words made famous by The Black Panther Party, "ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE"!!!
In the words made famous by The Black Fist Organization, "BLACK FIST, BLACK POWER, BLACK NATION"!!!
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