Update: ESPN has removed the poem dedicated to Asatta Shakur following widespread criticism from people.
According to the editor’s note, the publication removed the tribute poem to a convicted cop-killer after deciding that “it is not an appropriate selection for our site”.
The failing sports network ESPN, which is quickly losing its audience thanks to its overtly liberal pandering, has published a poetry tribute to a convicted cop killer who’s on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list.
Just a day before the network laid off 100 employees, including most of its on-air talent, it published five poems about feminism and political resistance on its website’s section aimed at women. This was first noticed by The Federalist.
The opening poem is called “Revolution” and was dedicated to Asatta Shakur, an inspiration for Black Lives Matter and black power groups who is on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list with a $1 million bounty on her head.
She was convicted in the U.S. of killing a New Jersey state trooper, assault and battery of a police officer. After she escaped from prison in 1979, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro granted her asylum in the country in 1984, where she resides to this day.
The poem was written by DaMaris B. Hil, an African American studies professor at the University of Kentucky. Here’s an excerpt from the poem:
Revolution ain’t a date in a history book
It’s an ivy that thorns
A lily that pricks. It stings
Like the splash of a copper colored girl
running in a skinned knee
ruining her Easter dress
Revolution is the taste of honey
and the revenge of the hive,
there is never enough time to watch
the swarms die. Revolution ain’t got sh–
to do with facts. It is all faith!
Revolution is not a sweet-tooth craving;
It is a long fight clouded in fear; it is
hundreds of hornets
and family hunting you
The 38-year-old sports channel has seen better days. Some reports claim it is shedding more than 10,000 subscribers a month, and has seen more than 12 million subscriptions cancelled in the last five years.
Some of this subscription decline is attributed to so-called “cord-cutting”, as TV viewers no longer pay for expensive cable TV packages and instead opt out for a trimmed-down option that doesn’t include the pricey sport network.
Others, however, have pointed out that so many subscribers are fleeing ESPN due overtly liberal sympathies of presenters and commentators.