- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 27, 2017

An ESPN website has removed a poem honoring convicted cop killer Assata Shakur, citing “an oversight in the editorial process,” Fox News reported Thursday.

ESPNW.com, a site aimed at women in sports, had featured DaMaris Hill’s poem “Revolution” on Tuesday along with four other feminist poets to celebrate National Poetry month.

According to Fox News, Ms. Hill’s poem began with a dedication “(for Assata Shakur),” aka Joanne Chesimard, a former member of the Black Panther Party who was convicted in 1977 of murdering a New Jersey state trooper.

The inclusion of Ms. Hill’s poem sparked backlash on social media, and it was removed from the article two days later.

“An earlier version of ‘Five Poets on the New Feminism’ featured Revolution by Dr. DaMaris Hill,” an editor’s note reads. “We have decided it is not an appropriate selection for our site, and have removed it from the feature.”

An ESPN spokesperson told Fox News that there was “an oversight in the editorial process.”

“Dr. DaMaris Hill is a respected professor and poet, who submitted this poem based upon her personal feelings toward Assata Shakur,” the spokesperson said. “While the editors welcomed a contribution from a notable writer and chose it as a reflection of this one poet’s experience, upon further review we have decided it is not an appropriate selection for our site and have removed the piece from the feature.”

Shakur, who was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List in 2013, received political asylum in Cuba in 1984 after escaping from a New Jersey prison.

Two New Jersey congressmen have reintroduced bipartisan legislation, inspired by the state trooper’s murder, that seeks the extradition of convicted killers living abroad.


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