Danny and Maureen Faulkner at their wedding in 1979
The hipster undergrads at the Vermont campus of Goddard College have tapped murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal to be a “commencement” speaker this Sunday, Oct. 5, showing they are just fine with capital punishment providing the subject of such is one whose existence violates their sense of aesthetics.
Danny Faulkner, the Philadelphia policeman who Jamal murdered on Dec. 9, 1981 solely because he was a Philadelphia policeman doing his job, is one such whose life the hipsters hold cheap.
Jamal, of course, will not be able to appear in person so he will subject the hipster undergrads to his hipster, progressive, transgressive wisdom via a recording which we suspect will justly bore them silly.
May it last at least two hours.
Goddard is a private liberal arts college with campuses in Plainfield, Vt, Port Townsend, Wa. and Seattle, Wa. that is designed to be an experimental and non-traditional educational institution.
It holds 20 commencement ceremonies annually to provide personalized graduation ceremonies in each degree program, according Interim President Bob Kenny.
The choice of the murderer Jamal was made by the students but is strongly supported by the administration showing that the school’s support for selective capital punishment goes all the way to the top.
“Choosing Mumia as their commencement speaker, to me, shows how this newest group of Goddard graduates expresses their freedom to engage and think radically and critically in a world that often sets up barriers to do just that,” Kenny said.
Daniel J. Faulkner was murdered two weeks before his 26th birthday. He was the youngest of seven children in an Irish Catholic family from Southwest Philadelphia. His father, who drove a trolley car, died of a heart attack when Faulkner was five. Faulkner’s mother went to work and relied on her older children to help raise him. Faulkner dropped out of high school, but earned his diploma and an associate’s degree in criminal justice while serving in the United States Army.
After leaving the army In 1975, he worked briefly as a corrections officer, and then joined the Philadelphia Police Department. Aspiring to be a city prosecutor, Faulkner enrolled in college to earn his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
He married in 1979.
His wife, Maureen, has been an outspoken defender of the truth about what happened that night and the guilt of Jamal and the cruelty of his act.
May Goddard and the soulless bastards who support it rot.
Goddard Hipsters Tap Capital Punisher As Commencement Speaker