Thursday, 5 April 2012
Remember the Angola 3.
All those radicals of the late sixties and the early seventies - where have they all gone? For that matter what happened to all those issues and injustices that we felt so strongly about? In one particular case that we were very vocal about the radicals may have moved on but the victims of injustice have remained exactly where they were. In 1972 three members of the Black Panthers and inmates of Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana were fitted up for the murder of a prison guard. Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King came to be known as the Angola 3. King was released in 2001 but Wallace and Woodfox remain in the solitary confinement that they have endured for decades. Angola Prison is built on the site of a plantation that once belonged to Isaak Franklin the country's most notorious slave trader. "I can not be free while they remain in chains". It was easy to say forty years ago and to my shame rolls of the keyboard now. I just hope that Herman and Albert will walk free one day soon.