Richard Aoki's Supporters: Legacy Outweigh Uncertainties

New America Media looks at controversy surrounding Richard Aoki's legacy. Aoki is the subject of the biography SAMURAI AMONG PANTHERS by Diane Fujino.

Fujino_Samurai coverIn the week following the release of the Center for Investigative Reporting’s second report, Fujino travelled throughout the San Francisco Bay area to speak against Rosenfeld’s claims.

“The jury is still out on Aoki’s guilt, and requires more investigation and critical analysis,” Fujino said at a September 10 forum at San Francisco State University.

Fujino described three major responses to the release of the latest redacted FBI documents. The first major response, she said, came from “those who believe [the FBI documents] unquestioningly, assuming that FBI sources are accurate.” The second major response came from “those who deny Aoki could have been an FBI informant, and this is the stance taken by some Black Panther party leaders, including Panther co-founder Bobby Seale.”

Read the full article.

Published in: New America Media