The Implacable Russell Maroon Shoatz
Date Written: 2013-07-01
Publisher: Against The Current
Year Published: 2013
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20071
A book review of Maroon the Implacable The Collected Writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz
Russell Maroon Shoatz is not a household name. Even within the milieu of those who are engaged in work to free the many political prisoners in the United States there are some who have not heard about his case -- though a new political campaign that was launched in early 2013 is actively changing that reality as these lines are written (April of the same year). Go to www.freemaroon.org to find out more.
In brief: Shoatz is a political prisoner, a former Black Panther and revolutionary activist from Philadelphia. He has been behind bars continuously since 1972 -- except for two brief periods in which he escaped, thus earning the nickname "Maroon." More than 30 of his years in prison have been served in solitary confinement. That he has been able to remain so much in touch with what is happening in the world, to discourse intelligently on popular culture and political events, is testimony to an individual with an intense intellect and profound perseverance.
This book is a collection of essays, composed mostly for the education of fellow prisoners. It is written, therefore, in a popular style that’s easy to read. But it is also filled with deep and profound insights. That is a rare combination.