The Women’s March defended their decision to honor a terrorist Monday after they wished murderer Assata Shakur a happy birthday on Twitter.
Apparently, the group sees Shakur, a black woman on the FBI’s most wanted list, as a ‘symbol of resistance.’ After facing backlash for the tweet, the group defended its stance and claimed the criticism was just right wing fear mongering.
“Women’s March is a nonviolent movement. We have never and will never use violence to achieve our goals,” the organization tweeted. “The far right is threatened by our movement, and by our solidarity with other movements.”
Women’s March is a nonviolent movement. We have never and will never use violence to achieve our goals. (1/20)
— Women’s March (@womensmarch) July 17, 2017
Shakur was a member of the extremist Black Liberation Army. She was serving a life sentence for murder in a New Jersey prison before she escaped and killed New Jersey state troopers at a traffic stop.
Despite these heinous crimes, Women’s March said they see her as a “feminist figure” who challenged “sexism.”
“#AssataShakur’s resistance tactics were different from ours. That does not mean that we do not respect her anti-sexism work,” the organization tweeted. “#AssataShakur took a militant approach. We do not. That does not mean we don’t respect and appreciate her anti-racism work.”
They said the backlash merely reflects right wing attempts to denigrate political activists.
“We say this to demonstrate the ongoing history of government & right-wing attempts to criminalize and discredit political activists,” the group said.
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