Public Universities Hosting Black Panther Cop Killer For Lecture Series
Taxpayers in California have long been accustomed to sponsoring unusual uses for their dollars, such as the San Francisco Bay Area program that pays “at-risk” youths from $300 to $1,000 a month to take GED classes, but the knowledge that two public universities are hosting speeches by a Black Panther leader convicted of attempting to murder six police officers may be a step too far even for Californians.
Sekou Odinga, a black Muslim whose real name is Nathaniel Burns, served thirty-three years in federal prison for taking part in a shootout with police in relation to robbery of a Brinks armored truck, and his role in assisting fellow Black Panther, Assata Olugbala Shakur, escape from prison break where she was serving a sentence for the murder of a New Jersey State Trooper, the serious wounding of another and multiple other felonies.
With Odinga’s help, Shakur fled to asylum in Cuba where she remains today designated as a by the FBI with a $1 million reward for assistance in her capture.
Odinga, who was released in 2014, describes himself as a “political prisoner” and said the robbery was necessary to fund “the revolution,” justifying the gun battle as “retaliation for ongoing atrocities.”
The 72-year-old radical claims to be a citizen of the non-existent “Republic of New Afrika” and advocates the seizure of land in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina for the establishment of a predominantly black nation, saying, “many of us never agreed to become Americans.”
Apparently, the two California institutions of higher learning, the University of California-Irvine and California State University, Los Angeles find Odinga’s version of his resume preferable to his criminal record as they post a bio for his talks emphasizing both his role as a “husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather” and a “U.S.-held political prisoner” for 33 years.