Abdullah (Abdul) Majid died on April 3, 2016 while in the hands of the State.
Abdul was convicted by the State for supposedly shooting two pigs in 1981, killing one and wounding the other. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison and served over 33 years before his death.
A spokesman for the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office, which is an arm of the State, said that Abdul died of “natural causes”––acute cholecystitis, which is an inflammation of the gall bladder.
Abdul was moved from prison to a hospital to have a “procedure performed.” There, he died of “natural causes.”
We as Africans should understand that the State lies all the time. The death of elder Abdul while in the hands of the State, is the State’s fault. The State murdered Abdul.
The life of Abdul Majid
Abdul joined the Black Panther Party (BPP) in the 1960’s.
He was involved in many of the BPP’s community-based survival programs which included free health clinics, free breakfast for children, the fight to decentralize the NYC public schools and NYPD.
Because of this and other efforts to liberate African people, he was targeted by the U.S. government’s counterinsurgency program.
The State’s well-crafted story says that Abdul and his comrade Basheer Hamid were driving a white van in April 1981 in Queens, NY and were pulled over by two pigs, John Scarangella and Richard Rainey.
According to the then surviving pig, Rainey, the Africans were pulled to be questioned about a string of robberies that had happened in the area––the usual intimidation tactics used by cops against Africans across the world.
The State then says that the Africans jumped out of the van, guns blazing, and shot down the two “helpless” pigs.
In addition, the State says, the two Africans were part of the Black Liberation Army and Assata Shakur was believed to be in the back of the van.
Abdul and Basheer were captured in 1982. They were tried 3 separate times before finally being convicted.
The first trial ended in a hung jury, divided along racial lines. The second trial was declared a mistrial by the judge immediately after the jury acquitted Basheer of the murder charge; both were finally convicted in a third trial.
The third trial was the only panel of jurors that had no Africans on it.
Abdul is an African martyr
The State wants to make an example of any African that dares to resist their oppression.
Abdul was one of those Africans that dared to resist.
The African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) states that Africans have a right to resist.
According to point seven in the APSP Platform:
“We want complete amnesty for all African political prisoners and prisoners of war from U.S. prisons or their immediate release to any friendly country which will accept them and give them political asylum.
“We believe that U.S. prisons are also used as the illegitimate tool for torturing, murdering, and holding captive those courageous daughters and sons of Africa who through their patriotic deeds or spoken or written words in support of the cause of our liberation have become political prisoners and prisoners of war. We believe, along with the majority of the peoples of the world, that it is the duty of the colonized and enslaved to resist slavery and colonialism and to fight for socialism and those who do so are patriots and heroines and heroes and should be held in the highest esteem.”
We must stand in unity with all of our political prisoners who are locked away in the U.S.’s brutal concentration camps.
We must demand that our political prisoners be brought home.
They have given their lives for the African people and deserve to be given their proper respect.
Brother Abdulla Majid was buried on April 6, 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.
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