Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine…
A student group at one of the country's most traditionally liberal colleges -- is demanding a campus building be re-named-- in honor of a former Black Panther-- convicted of killing a police officer.
Assata Shakur was the first woman named to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted terrorist list.
She murdered a New Jersey state trooper in 1973-- escaped from prison -- and has been in Cuba ever since.
The Black Student Union at the University of California at Berkeley -- calls her an ‘icon of resistance within oppressed communities.’
It says that warrants-- a building being named in her honor.
The group has submitted a list of demands to school officials-- which includes an African American student resource center -- and the hiring of nine new employees-- including black psychologists with racial discrimination experience -- and mentors and advisers to recruit African American students.
Just three percent of students at Berkeley are black-- and many say they feel isolated.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports-- the school's chancellor says measures are being taken to address the problem -- including hiring advisers and staff for programs to help black students.
Pledge of a Grievance
Students at a New York high school were outraged yesterday-- when the morning announcements over the school's public address system-- included the Pledge of Allegiance-- in Arabic.
The principal signed off on it-- to celebrate National Foreign Language Week.
Many students felt it was inappropriate.
District residents who lost family members in Afghanistan -- also complained -- as did some Jewish people in that area.
Later in the day-- the principal apologized.
The pledge will be read only in English-- from now on.
And finally-- an unfortunate case of mistaken identity for a used-to-be-famous singer led to some backtracking by the Associated Press this week.
It followed AP reports on the arrest of Robert Durst-- the real estate heir charged with first degree murder.
The news service-- it appears-- got its Dursts confused.
It issued this correction:
“The Associated Press reported erroneously that Robert Durst is a member of a band. He is a real estate heir. Fred Durst is a member of the band Limp Bizkit.”
Adding insult to injury-- Twitter piled on.
“On the bright side -- Fred Durst's publicist's phone rang for the first time in 10 plus years.”
“How could the AP think Fred Durst committed those murders? There's no way Fred Durst will ever be relevant again.”
Ouch. Tough crowd.