Assata Shakur Response Paper

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Assata Shakur has the most direct commentary out of all of the activists that we have

discussed. One can sense her urgency for the unity of black people and how her past experiences

shaped her into the person she is today. In Assata: An Autobiography, some of her most

intriguing comments were the comments about self-hatred in the black community. She is

adamant about addressing and fixing the self hate among black people. However, though

attempts have been made by organizations such as the BPP, activists like Malcolm X, and an

array of others to spread African American pride, the self-hate and jokes continue even today.

Shakur discusses and describes the hatred that blacks have within by mentioning the
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For instance, her involvement

with the Republic of New Afrika, and her violent mentality was a bit too extreme for me.

However, analyzing Shakur made me realize that there was a difference among the activists from

the 19th and early 20th century and the ones from the mid-20th century. Compared to the older

activists we have discussed, there seems to be a push for self-worth, not just how to achieve

equal rights or make whites accept black people. Malcolm X pushes for this belief in self-worth

and unity among black people as well.3 This becomes important in my opinion because black

people have struggled for centuries attempting to gain equality and during its duration have

naturally endured identity issues. I feel that W.E.B Du Bois’ idea of double consciousness comes

into play here. His idea that African Americans have basically two identities or thought

processes, one being Black and the other being American or through the eyes of white people

could have possibly created divisions among blacks, causing some to despise themselves. 4

What intrigues me most about not only Assata Shakur, but even Martin Luther King and

Malcolm X, is that there seems to be a move from just equality, but to equality and love. While

each of the three activists expresses their ideas of what love means

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