The founding member and iconic bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea has praised the video, in which the legendary professional boxer and activist, Muhammad Ali, recites his poem for the Attica Prison uprising.
On Twitter, Flea has reacted to a video that has been posted to commemorate the day when the Attica Prison riot ended in 1971. In the video, one of the most inspiring people in the history of America, Muhammad Ali, recites his poem for the prisoners that were shot by police.
Said amazing to Ali’s tear-inducing performance, Flea remarked the terrible event, that occurred years ago, yet, reminds exactly these days especially the recent cruel acts of police triggering the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Attica Prison uprising, also known as the Attica Prison rebellion, occurred at the Attica Correctional Facility in New York, in 1971. Based upon prisoners’ demands for better living conditions and political rights, the uprising was one of the best-known and most significant flashpoints of the Prisoners’ Rights Movement.
On September 9, 1971, two weeks after the killing of George Jackson at San Quentin State Prison, 1,281 of the Attica prison’s approximately 2,200 inmates rioted and took control of the prison, taking 42 staff hostage.
During the following four days of negotiations, authorities agreed to most of the prisoners’ demands, but would not agree for complete amnesty from criminal prosecution for the prison takeover or the removal of Attica’s superintendent.
By the order of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, state police took back control of the prison. When the uprising was over, at least 43 people were dead, including ten correctional officers and civilian employees, and 33 inmates.
Here is what was said in the post Flea reacted:
“Here’s Muhammad Ali reciting his poem for the Attica Prison uprising, which ended this day in 1971 after four days of negotiation when, after the prisoners surrendered, state police murdered them anyway.”
Flea said about the video:
You can see the tweets below.
— Flea (@flea333) September 14, 2020