The Women’s March organization has defended itself on Twitter following outrage at their previous tweet publicly celebrating the birthday of fugitive terrorist Assata Shakur. Instead, the organization tried to pin the blame on fear from the right-wing.
“Women’s March is a nonviolent movement. We have never and will never use violence to achieve our goals,” the organization said. “The far right is threatened by our movement, and by our solidarity with other movements.”
“#AssataShakur‘s resistance tactics were different from ours. That does not mean that we do not respect her anti-sexism work,” they continued. “#AssataShakur took a militant approach. We do not. That does not mean we don’t respect and appreciate her anti-racism work.”
“We say this to demonstrate the ongoing history of government & right-wing attempts to criminalize and discredit political activists,” declared the organization.
According to the Daily Caller:
The Women’s March tweeted out Monday a birthday wish to Assata Shakur, a black woman on the FBI’s Most Wanted List, as a sign of resistance. After facing outrage over their choice to honor Shakur, the Women’s March pushed back in defense of their tweet.
Shakur, a member of the extremist Black Liberation Army, was serving a life sentence for murder when she escaped from a New Jersey prison. She was charged with murder after she and some companions gunned down New Jersey state troopers during a traffic stop.
The Women’s March said they respected Shakur as a “feminist figure” because she used her leadership to challenge “sexism” in the Black Liberation Movement.