An Autobiography/Open Letter Essay

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ASSATA an autobiography/Open Letter By Assata Shakur My Perception---Ã The (untold) truth Assata Shakur's biography taught me so many different things about life culturally and politically. I felt at times as though I was experiencing what she experienced in terms of racism and oppression of a race. I was also able to relate to her in many ways. No, I never grew up down south or met a member of the KKK, however I can honesty say I could relate to her struggle. The difference between she and I is that she is highly intelligent and I am socially naive and ignorant because I believed everything I was taught in high school. For example when Assata speaks of the abolition of slavery I always thought that it had ended due to President Abe Lincoln, what I had never known is that it was a battle about economic reasons with the capitalist from north and industrialist. My open brain pores were once filled with amerika's perception of history. But it is now filled with Assata's perception of history in which I call herstory. The way the book was written was very weird. She skips from old to new and I truly don't understand why. The book was written in a different way than most other books in terms of the use of spelling and the use of words. The tone of this book changed as many times as the pages turned. The tone of this book started off exciting and frightening at the same time but as the time periods changed from back to forth it became clearer because everything caught up in the end. I don't know where to begin on my analysis on the articles and the book of Assata Shakur. She is a revolutionary whom I knew noting about before the biography and honestly maybe if I read the news paper and watched more T.V. I would have believed she was guilty. But Assata taught me and reminded of so many things that are important in life and herstory such as the perception of most minorities through the medias and through the perception of society. What was most disturbing to me was that I believed in the American dream at one time and now I realize that after Assata's struggle that I am not entitled to this dream because I am considered to be only 3/5's of a man. I also feel very scared after reading this book due to the fact that so many people considered this woman a terrorist and she was only fighting for her human rights which she was denied many times. The way she was treated in jail and on the turnpike was inhuman. I have never heard of anything like that happening to a white supremacist. Because of the black liberation army, the black panthers and other different organizations minorities can do more things than before. The story of Assata struggle seemed like something out of the twilight zone. I will confess I do feel outraged and I also felt bad that I am apart of a race that has been mistreated for many years. The reason I feel outraged is due to the fact that Christine Whitman tried to turn so many people against...

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