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Aug 21, 2018 12 tweets 5 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
The legendary Black revolutionary George Jackson was killed by the state on this day in 1971. In his honor, here's a thread on George Jackson, the #PrisonStrike that started today, & the racist prison system. [s/o to @HezakyaNewz for the footage]
George Jackson was kept in the infamous San Quentin prison. Prison officials & guards would justify their brutality by making false equivalencies between Nazis & the Black Panthers & portraying them as "extremists." In reality, the guards were racists who sympathized with Nazis.
Prison guards would (& still do) encourage violence between Black & white prisoners in order to prevent them from joining together & fighting the guards. The idea of prisoners rising up against the guards was especially scary to the authorities after the Attica uprising in 1971.
George Jackson was beloved by other Black prisoners, & he helped to raise the consciousness of other prisoners. The racist prison guards thought George was too smart for his own good & considered him a troublemaker.
Here's George Jackson's mom talking about George's upbringing, what she used to teach him regarding race in the US, & the pain of having to leave him in prison after every visit. This is a pain many parents still go through today when visiting their kids who are locked up.
George & 2 other comrades (all 2 became known as the Soledad Brothers) were put on trial for allegedly killing a white prison guard. George's 17-year-old brother Jonathan heroically attempted to free George during the trial but failed.
The guns Jonathan used allegedly came from revolutionary/intellectual Angela Davis, who had developed a romantic relationship with George. After being on the run, she eventually got caught & locked up.
Here's video of Angela Davis while locked up, telling a reporter about the first time she physically saw George, the feelings she had seeing Black men in chains, & what her experience behind bars had been like.
George Jackson was killed by the state on this day in 1971. Here's what the racist prison officials claimed happened (along with some holes in that story).
Here's George Jackson's mother calling out the USA's violence while giving a superb response to the question of whether George was "violent." This same question of "violence" still comes up to this day whenever Black, Brown, & Indigenous people fight against oppression.
Here's Angela Davis answering the question of whether Black revolutionaries like her & George "have to die."
Today, on the same day that George was killed in 1971, prisoners & abolitionists are continuing George's struggle & launching a #PrisonStrike to protest the inhumane & exploitative conditions in the USA's prisons. Support them!…

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