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Former Secretary of State and first woman to hold the position? Nah. An inspirational and brave woman who escaped horrible conditions and now speaks out in support of Islamic women and the brutal and barbaric treatment of them? Nope. A convicted cop killer who spent 3O years on death row? Hell yeah!

Our colleges are f*cked and couldn't look more ridiculous if they tried.

Decision to let cop killer Abu-Jamal give commencement speech 'despicable,' widow says | Fox News

A Vermont college's selection of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal as commencement speaker is a “despicable” decision that should be reversed, his victim's widow told FoxNews.com.

Maureen Faulkner, whose husband Daniel was gunned down by Abu-Jamal in 1981, was shocked to learn of the selection by undergraduate students at tiny Goddard College in Plainfield. Abu-Jamal, who will not attend the event and whose speech will be pre-recorded, received a bachelor of arts degree from the 245-student liberal arts college in 1996 through a correspondence program.

“It’s not appropriate,” Faulkner said. “His freedom was taken away when he murdered a police officer in the line of duty. It seems like our justice system allows murderers to continue to have a voice over the public airwaves and at college commencement. It’s despicable.”

Abu-Jamal, born Wesley Cook, was sentenced to death following a high-profile trial in Philadelphia. His sentence was later reduced to life in prison without parole for killing Faulkner, a 25-year-old patrolman who scuffled with Abu-Jamal’s brother during an early morning traffic stop. Abu-Jamal, a member of the Black Panther Party, was wounded by a round from Faulkner’s gun and a .38-caliber revolver registered to Abu-Jamal was found at the scene with five spent shell casings, according to trial testimony.

Sunday's event will mark the third time Abu-Jamal, 60, has given commencement speeches at colleges, including at Evergreen State College in Washington and Antioch College in Ohio. Both of those events prompted widespread protests on behalf of law enforcement officers and Faulkner’s relatives.

“How can this go in our country? It’s amazing,” Maureen Faulkner continued. “People need to start realizing that there’s right and wrong in this world. It seems like no one thinks about that.”

In a statement, Goddard College Interim President Bob Kenny said the college holds 20 commencement ceremonies annually to provide personalized graduation ceremonies in each degree program.

"As a reflection of Goddard’s individualized and transformational educational model, our commencements are intimate affairs where each student serves as her or his own valedictorian, and each class chooses its own speaker," Kenny said in a statement. "Choosing Mumia as their commencement speaker, to me, shows how this newest group of Goddard graduates expresses their freedom to engage and think radically and critically in a world that often sets up barriers to do just that."

A spokeswoman for the Vermont State Police also condemned the school's actions, saying the college's students and leaders are showing "blatant indifference" toward law enforcement.

"The scheduled commemoration of convicted cop killer, Mumia Abu-Jamal, demonstrates an appalling disregard for law enforcement officers, and their families, who have lost their lives in the line of duty," Stephanie Brackin said in a statement.

Goddard officials did not immediately reply to requests for comment on Faulkner’s comments. She intends to protest the ceremony in some way, she told FoxNews.com.

Faulkner acknowledged that Abu-Jamal remains not far from her mind. Earlier this month, the notorious inmate made headlines when an attorney nominated to lead the Justice Department’s civil rights division withdrew from consideration due to his involvement in Abu-Jamal’s case while working with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to overturn his death sentence.

And in April, a lesson plan posted on the Oakland (Calif.) Unified School District’s website asked students to draw parallels between late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Abu-Jamal, an exercise akin to advocating violence to young students, Faulkner said.

“It’s a travesty,” Faulkner told FoxNews.com in April. “You’re going to teach children about a man who murdered a police officer? That’s not a good lesson to be teaching children. He was a radical, a militant. My question is: Are our tax dollars paying for this?”

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Goddard College said university officials do not condone “any acts” of violence.

"Our condolences go out to [Faulkner] as they go out to the many victims and their families who have experienced senseless acts of violence,” spokesman Dustin Bylerly said in a statement to FoxNews.com. “Our aspiration is to make the world a less violent place in which to live by examining carefully those elements of life in this world that lead to such senseless acts. Without equivocation we do not condone any acts of violence."
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A few years ago I read the court transcripts of the case thinking maybe Wesley Cook did get a bad deal. The jury got it right. Abu-Jamal's name surfaces every year or two and in this case it's the Ferguson situation. Officer Faulkner's widow challenges the narrative at every turn. His victim celebrity is sickening.
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...the selection by undergraduate students at tiny Goddard College in Plainfield
I find it very hard to believe the students did this independently...

I believe either the school directly pushed the idea, or glorified and glamorized Abu-Jamal through "teaching" to a point where the students became enamored with him...
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I think it is despicable that his death penalty sentence was not carried out.
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His victim celebrity is sickening.
Part of the reason for this is libs keep rallying around him, play the race card, claim he's innocent, and even compare this thug to MLK.


Megyn Kelly had one of the students from this college on the other night defending their decision. As soon as it hits Youtube I'll post it.
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I find it very hard to believe the students did this independently...

I believe either the school directly pushed the idea, or glorified and glamorized Abu-Jamal through "teaching" to a point where the students became enamored with him...
Like how the murdering coward, Ernesto Guevara has been made into a hero, whose portrait is ironed on t-shirts, so ignorant dorks can wear them?
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I find it very hard to believe the students did this independently...

I believe either the school directly pushed the idea, or glorified and glamorized Abu-Jamal through "teaching" to a point where the students became enamored with him...
Goddard College is very small and liberal. It sounds like the enrollment is a couple of hundred which would make a graduating class to be less than 100. The activist students can pick who they want. It won't cost a lot of money since they don't have to put him up in a hotel and pay travel expenses; just watch a video. Are the cap and gowns red?
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I saw the segment last night that Megan did on this.
The kid from the college is an idiot.
I'm so sick of people that glorify evil people.
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Part of the reason for this is libs keep rallying around him, play the race card, claim he's innocent, and even compare this thug to MLK.

Megyn Kelly dukes it out with professor over Mumia Abu-Jamal - YouTube

Megyn Kelly had one of the students from this college on the other night defending their decision. As soon as it hits Youtube I'll post it.
big mouth bitch. 'nuff said.
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