by Annabelle Parker, Chairperson, Free Zulu European Team
I recently heard that Brother Jalil Muntaqim, aka Anthony Bottom, was released from a New York plantation – prison – after serving nearly 50 years for a 1971 double police murder in Harlem, N.Y., in 1971. His co-defendant, Herman Bell, was released on parole in 2018. Other political prisoners, including the Move 9, have also been freed after decades.
This got me thinking about our beloved brother Kenny Zulu Whitmore, who is himself one of those Black Liberation Radicals convicted in the 1970s. Zulu has been incarcerated for 46 years as of Oct. 24, 2020, being falsely accused of a political murder of the mayor of a small rural community in the parish of East Baton Rouge, La.
Let’s not forget Zulu!
In the legal lynching of brother George Floyd, born on Oct. 14, 1973 – as was Brother Zulu in 1954 – the system and its racist policemen put their knees on George Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds just like they have had their knees on Zulu’s neck for 46 years, trying to choke the life out of him.
We must raise our voices for the immediate release of our brother Kenny Zulu Whitmore, who continues to be held down with the system’s knee on his neck for 46 years now on a wrongful conviction.
George Floyd was taken away from his beautiful daughter, who now has to grow up without her father. Zulu’s son was only 13 months old when Zulu was kidnapped by the modern-day slave catchers, as he calls the racist police who helped to frame him for murder. Both George’s daughter and Zulu’s son had to grow up without their father because of the unjust judicial system: the criminal justice system of America.
As we protest in the streets around the world for all of the Black and Brown men, women and children murdered by the police, we must not overlook the many Black and Brown men, women and children who are incarcerated in the many children’s homes, reformatories, child-prisons, ICE camps and prisons and penitentiaries across America as part of the mass incarceration of African Americans and people of color.
We must raise our voices for the immediate release of our brother Kenny Zulu Whitmore, who continues to be held down with the system’s knee on his neck for 46 years now on a wrongful conviction of murder and armed robbery. He was taken from his family at the age of 19. He has just turned 66 on Oct.14, so let’s send our brother lots of love and light, because he will never surrender hope.
Zulu wishes Imam Jamil, his homie from Baton Rouge, a happy birthday
Free Imam Jamil Al-Amin, my home boy. We are both from Baton Rouge, La., we both came into this world kicking and screaming in the month of October: His birthday on Oct. 4 and mine on Oct. 14. We both are Muslims and Black Panthers and were both railroaded off to the new plantation with life sentences for things that we did not do. Our only crime is being born African in America.
They can kill and imprison a revolutionary, but they cannot jail or kill a revolution. Happy birthday, comrade!
FREE IMAM JAMIL AL-AMIN, FREE ZULU, FREE MUMIA, FREE THEM ALL.
Send our brother some love and light: Kenny Zulu Whitmore, 86468 Cypress 3, LA State Penitentiary, Angola, LA 70712. Zulu is not allowed greeting cards. Find him on Instagram @Freezulunow, at his website www.freezulu.org and on JPay at www.jpay.com. Note from Mary Ratcliff: Throughout my 29 years as editor of the Bay View, I deeply regretted not being able to publish all the excellent and important stories we received in a timely manner or at all. Now that we have a staff after nearly 30 years without, we’re beginning to catch up. Thanks, everyone, for your patience and forbearance.