It seems New Jersey’s Kean University has flipped the script. Yesterday, they announced that it would host Common as the institution’s graduation day speaker. And now, just a day later, the university has resent its invitation, citing Com’s heartfelt tributary “A Song For Assata” as incendiary and offensive to the state’s law enforcement regime for praising activist and former Black Panther Assata Shakur, who is currently laying low in Cuba after being convicted of the 1973 murder of NJ state police officer.
Assata Shakur has always maintained her innocence. I see this as attempt silence those who want to empower and pay tribute to those by spreading knowledge of civil rights, and liberties.