Her book opens just after she’s been shot by a police office on the New Jersey Turnpike. She describes being abused and threatened as she’s lying in a hospital bed, fighting for her life. She’s cut off from her friends and family, and has no idea what is happening to her. She’s terriffied, with good reason. She’s been targeted by the FBI’s COINTELPRO program (although no one will know the details of that for some time).
|Bobby Seale, bound and gagged|
I have to admit that my white privilege was severely checked while reading this book. There were times that I’d read her words describing her prison conditions and I’d think “Really? C’mon, she must be exaggerating.” And then she’d tell how the UN came in and confirmed what she said. Why would I only believe it after some “established” body came in and confirmed what she herself experienced and described? Why weren’t her own words good enough for me? And I’m someone who knows that Bobby Seale was bound and gagged in an American courtroom during his trial.
So yeah, you should read this. Fascinating life story from an activist woman of color. A look at the lows our government will stoop to.
Here she is in her own words, which are better than any I have (it is cut off at the end, but hey – that will just make you want to read the whole story in her book):