Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Reason #467,890,067 To Hate the French

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Just when you start feeling a bit sorry for France (sky-high unemployment, the little Muslim "youth" problem and the fact the people were born into the French culture), they go and do something like this:

As Philadelphians cope with another police slaying, news comes that a suburb of Paris has named a street for Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted of the 1981 murder of Police Officer Daniel Faulkner.

Hundreds of supporters of Abu-Jamal attended a ceremony on April 29 to dedicate the Rue Mumia-Abu Jamal in the city of St.-Denis.

"In France, they see him as a towering figure," said Suzanne Ross, cochair of the Free Mumia Coalition of New York City, who was part of the ceremony.
Ross said the street is in the town's Human Rights district, which includes Nelson Mandela Stadium.

Richard Costello, past president of the Philadelphia lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, said the street dedication was "deplorable" but "consistent with the offensive position the French have taken in this matter. They've made him into some type of hero."

For the 1,500th time, Mumia Abu Jamal shot Danny Faulkner in cold blood at the age of 25. He was convicted and sent away for life.

Read about Danny Faulkner and Jamal's complicity in the murder here and say another prayer for his wife Maureen as this is more insult to injury:

"This is so unnerving for me to get this news," Faulkner said from Los Angeles, where she lives. "It's insulting to the police officers of Philadelphia that they are naming a street after a murderer."

But, but...Jamal is Mandela-like:

The campaign to free Abu-Jamal has generated international attention, particularly among anti-death-penalty activists in France. At the dedication ceremony, Julia Wright, a translator in Paris and daughter of the late African American author Richard Wright, called Abu-Jamal "our Mandela."

Yeah, maybe Winnie Mandela.

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