Marquette University is a mess.
Allegedly, it's a Jesuit institution. But lately, it's at the center of the war on free speech and the Left's censorship agenda.
The problems for Marquette don't stop there.
The Marquette Gender and Sexuality Resource Center is assisting in the national ridicule the university so richly deserves.
The latest disgrace involves a mural of Assata Shakur, married name Joanne Chesimard, gracing the center's campus offices.
Why honor Shakur?
She must be a great role model, the embodiment of Catholic values, right?
Assata Shakur is no hero.
John McAdams writes that Shakur is a "black militant who was convicted of murder and fled to Cuba, where she is still protected by the Communist government."
Read about Shakur: "Hunted Leftist Terrorist Laughs at FBI from Cuba"
Convicted cop-killer (of a New Jersey State-Trooper) and “domestic terrorist” Chesimard has been living in Cuba since 1984 as a Castro-coddled celebrity of sorts. And it’s not like bounty hunters can operate freely in a Stalinist country. So the $2 million may be symbolic — as in the U.S. Justice Dept. putting on a game face and saying: “Look Castro, we’re serious here!”More details:
In the early 1970’s Chesimard belonged to a Black Panther offshoot known as the Black Liberation Army. “This case is just as important today as it was when it happened 40 years ago,” said a recent press release from Mike Rinaldi of the New Jersey State Police. “Chesimard was a member of the Black Liberation Army, a radical left wing terror group that felt justified killing law enforcement officers…This group conducted assaults on police stations and murdered police officers.”
More than a mere member of these domestic terrorists, Chesimard was described by former assistant FBI director John Miller as “the soul of the Black Liberation Army.”
In 1973, while wanted for multiple crimes from bank robbery to murder, Chesimard and two accomplices were pulled over for a tail-light violation on the New Jersey Turnpike. As the troopers were routinely questioning them, Chesimard (who was in the passenger seat) and her pals opened up on the lawmen with semi-auto pistols (no word on whether these were properly registered).Good grief!
As trooper Werner Foerster grappled with the driver, Chesimard shot him twice — then her gun apparently jammed. As Foerster lay on the ground wounded and helpless, Chesimard grabbed the trooper’s own gun and blasted two shots into his head, much in the manner of her Cuban idols Che Guevara and Raul Castro murdering hundreds of their own (always defenseless) “counter-revolutionary” enemies.
This domestic terrorist was caught and convicted and sentenced to life in prison, but she escaped in 1979. She made her way to Cuba and pontificates her revolutionary drivel from that safe haven.
Shakur is a convicted killer and Marquette honors her.
How screwed up can that place get?
Marquette is acting quickly to douse this latest scandal, if it does, in fact, remove the mural quickly. Tweeting something isn't action.
@SykesCharlie It is being removed immediately. Our senior leadership just became aware of the mural, which was displayed in a remote area.— Marquette University (@MarquetteU) May 18, 2015
Oh, that's the explanation. The mural was in a "remote area."
That is the definition of a "lame excuse."
@SykesCharlie It's extremely disappointing. We are reviewing the circumstances surrounding the mural and will take appropriate action.— Marquette University (@MarquetteU) May 18, 2015
That's an absolute joke!
If Marquette had an inkling about "appropriate action," it would not be in the process of firing Professor John McAdams.
I think the mural should remain. Actually, it should receive a more prominent position on the campus. Michael Lovell should see to that.
The mural belongs somewhere special, like right next to St. Joan of Arc Chapel. The mural of Shakur exemplifies what Marquette University has become.
Quite simply, it's perfect. Assata Shakur is the new Marquette.
Another reminder: Join me and cut off all donations to Marquette.
Had you planned to include a gift to Marquette in your will? If so, I encourage you to change that, too.
Above all, I suggest you join me and strongly encourage students considering Marquette to immediately reject that university as an option in their college search. Warn them.
UPDATE: Marquette Univ. Removes Mural of Escaped Cop Killer Assata Shakur