Garza goes on to cite cop-killer Assata Shakur -- also known as Joanne Chesimard -- as a key inspiration for the movement. “When I use Assata’s powerful demand in my organizing work, I always begin by sharing where it comes from, sharing about Assata’s significance to the Black Liberation Movement, what it’s political purpose and message is, and why it’s important in our context,” Garza writes.
Shakur, a former member of the Black Panthers, was convicted in the 1970’s of the murder of a New Jersey police officer, before escaping prison and fleeing to Cuba. The FBI has placed her on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List.
Сооснователь Black Lives Matter в своей статье призывает продолжить дело чёрных пантер и цитирует убийцу полицейского Assata Shakur, который состоял в чёпных пантерах.