[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Convicted murderer Assata Shakur remains free from having to answer for her crimes on an island roughly 90 miles from the shores of the U.S. In 1973 After having broken out of prison, Shakur sought refuge in communist Cuba, where she has remained for decades, just out of reach of the justice system.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Not only has the FBI classified Shakur as a terrorist for her evil actions, but they have offered $2 million as a reward for her capture.
Still, Shakur remains at large in Cuba.
Now, faculty and students at Marquette University have become outraged after the school painted over a mural celebrating the racist cop-killer fugitive.
The mural was painted in March by Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority members and offers two quotes. One of these quotes says, “No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes if they know that that knowledge with help set you free.”
When university officials realized that the mural celebrated the “wisdom” of a murderous thug, they painted over it. Now, faculty and students are circulating a petition authored by Stephen Franzoi, Professor Emeritus at Marquette’s Psychology Department, who claimed that the Catholic institution had no right to paint over the mural.
“Did the administration consider the chilling impact of the erasure of the image within the context of present conversations about police brutality and black life?” the petition asks. “Were the students consulted? Were they offered an opportunity to engage?”
Of course, it appears that students were not properly engaged in dialogue before the offensive mural was painted, either.
In a statement published online, the school defended their actions, saying,
“We cannot in good conscience, as a Catholic, Jesuit institution, allow for a convicted murderer and fugitive to be held up as a model for our students…The administration welcomes discussion on campus about controversial issues. The discussion about the mural should have taken place before it was created, not afterwards.”
John McAdams, associate professor of political science, claimed that those making the fuss are “pushing Marquette to be less and less a Catholic university, or more a citadel of secular political correctness.”
Dialogue is great and an open exchange of ideas should be welcomed. However, as an institution that celebrates goodness and morality, it stands in stark contrast to their mission to have a wall adorned with the face of a convicted cop-killer who has escaped justice for her heinous acts.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]