Album Of The Week: Move Black Radical Love

The 1985 MOVE bombing is one of those historical incidents where, whenever you learn some new detail about it, you get even more enraged. MOVE, a Black radical organization with a back-to-the-land bent, lived communally in a Philly rowhouse, and the local authorities decided they they had to go, mostly over petty annoyances like trash and bullhorn demonstrations. The mayor decreed MOVE to be a terrorist organization, and when the members refused to leave the house, a police helicopter dropped a bomb on the place. Six adults and five kids were burned alive. Only two people managed to escape the house, and one of them was immediately locked up for seven years. Cops reportedly shot at the survivors as they were running away. The resulting blaze destroyed dozens of homes. None of the police or officials who murdered these people faced any consequences.


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