U.S. Political Prisoners

By Das Racist

U.S. Political Prisoners

Some might have considered them to be a joke, but Das Racist mean business. The hip-hop they have been releasing on widely acclaimed mixtapes like “Shut Up, Dude” and “Sit Down, Man” –the latter released in 2010 with the support of Mad Decent, which immediately made them protegés of Diplo– is full of all kinds of references, where politics are observed from a freak point of view, as well as gastronomy, video games, laziness and the small pleasures in life. For those who are curious about the possible heirs of the Beastie Boys position, there’s a fast option: look for their mixtapes, listen to them, and go see them live at the upcoming Primavera Sound. And then there’s the hard way, which is studying the list made up by Heems, Kool A.D. and Dap of their ten favourite political prisoners in the USA, including their trademark acidic remarks. 1. Mumia Abu-JamalThe Jay-Z of U.S. political prisoners? Big in the 90's, due for a comeback?

3. Imam Jamil Al-Amin (b.k.a. H. Rap Brown)

An O.G. in the political prisoner game. Left SNCC for the Panthers in '68.

4. Carlos Alberto TorresAnother O.G. in the game. Reppin' Puerto Rico.

5. Leonard PeltierGreat head of hair.

6. Herman BellClassic COINTELPRO frame job.

7. Zolo AzaniaGreat name. Just got off Death Row, still in prison.

8: Sundiata AcoliMathematician, Computer Analyst. Nerdy-Chic political prisoner.

9. John Walker LindhWhite American hip-hop message board ranter turned Taliban.

10. Patrice Lumumba FordJohnny Walker Lindh Black, hold the "I hate you, dad!"

Runners UpCharles Sims AfricaDebbie Sims AfricaDelbert Orr AfricaEdward Goodman AfricaJanet Holloway Africa Janine Phillips AfricaMichael Davis Africa William Phillips Africa

Mutulu Shakur (born August 8, 1950 in Baltimore, Maryland as Jeral Wayne Williams), is a former proponent of the Republic of New Afrika and a close friend of Geronimo Pratt. Shakur is best known for planning the infamous $1.6 million robbery of a Brinks armored truck in New York in which a guard and two police officers were killed. One of his accomplices in the holdup was Kathy Boudin, a member of the Weather Underground and a fugitive on the FBI's Most Wanted List for 11 years. Boudin was arrested at the scene of the crime, but Shakur escaped. Shakur had been a leader of an offshoot of the Black Liberation Army. He is currently incarcerated in the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons "Administrative Maximum" (ADX) Facility in Florence, Colorado.His projected release date is February 10, 2016.

Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (???? ??? ???? ??????; born October 4, 1943, as Hubert Gerold Brown), also known as H. Rap Brown, is a convicted murderer who first came to prominence in the 1960s as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and later the Justice Minister of the Black Panther Party. He is perhaps most famous for his proclamation during that period that "violence is as American as cherry pie", as well as once stating that "If America don't come around, we're gonna burn it down". He is also known for his autobiography Die Nigger Die!. He is currently serving a life sentence for homicide.

Carlos Alberto Torres (born September 19, 1952) is a member of Puerto Rico's independence movement and the longest-serving Puerto Rican political prisoner.He was convicted and sentenced to 78 years in a U.S. federal prison for seditious conspiracy - conspiring to use force against the lawful authority of the United States over Puerto Rico. He served 30 years, being released on July 26, 2010.

Leonard Peltier (born September 12, 1944) is an American activist and member of the American Indian Movement (AIM) who was convicted and sentenced in 1977 to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment for first degree murder, the execution style shooting of two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents during a 1975 shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Peltier's indictment is the subject of the 1992 documentary Incident at Oglala, a film by Robert Redford and Michael Apted. Peltier's supporters present him as a political prisoner, although his murder conviction has survived appeals in various courts.

John Phillip Walker Lindh (born February 9, 1981) is an American citizen who was captured as an enemy combatant during the United States' 2001 invasion of Afghanistan. He is now serving a 20-year prison sentence in connection with his participation in Afghanistan's Taliban army. He was captured during the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi, a violent Taliban prison uprising where American CIA officer Johnny "Mike" Spann was killed.

Patrice Lumumba Ford has been accused of membership in a terrorist group dubbed the Portland Seven, members of which attempted to travel to Afghanistan shortly after 9/11 in order to aid the Taliban. He refused to cooperate with the government and was sentenced to eighteen years in prison (avoiding a possible life sentence) after pleading guilty to seditious conspiracy and levying war against American and allied forces.

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