The individual who inspired the Black Lives Matter movement, Assata Shakur, is a convicted police killer who is on the FBI’s most wanted list.
‘Black Lives Matter’ was founded by militant feminists Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opel Tometi, with Garza widely recognized as the most influential of the three.
In an article which details the philosophical foundation of ‘Black Lives Matter’, Garza cites, “Assata’s powerful demand in my organizing work.”
Assata is a reference to Assata Shakur, otherwise known as Joanne Deborah Chesimard, a radical feminist and Marxist revolutionary who escaped from prison in 1979 while serving a life sentence for the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster.
On the night of May 2, 1973, Shakur, along with two other accomplices, killed Foerster execution-style at point-blank range during a routine traffic stop on the New Jersey Turnpike in East Brunswick.
For Shakur, the shooting was the culmination of years of militant radicalism during which she joined and left the Black Panther Party because it was not violent enough, before subsequently joining the Black Liberation Army, a domestic terror outfit responsible for bombings and assassinations throughout the 1970’s which claimed the lives of 13 police officers.
The Black Liberation Army was supported by the Weather Underground domestic terror organization, a group responsible for bombings targeting the United States Capitol and the Pentagon.
In 1971, Shakur also joined the Republic of New Afrika, a group committed to establishing a separatist black-ruled country within the states of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina.
After escaping from jail with the aid of three members of the Black Liberation Army, Shakur was given political asylum in Communist Cuba where she still remains to this day despite numerous attempts to extradite her.
In 2013, the FBI added Shakur to their ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’ – the first woman to ever appear on the infamous list. The reward for information leading to her capture was subsequently doubled and now stands at $2 million dollars.
A simple Twitter search reveals that fact that Shakur – a “most wanted” terrorist and a cop killer – is lionized by innumerable ‘Black Lives Matter’ supporters.