The Black Panthers Were Correct…

 

 

The Black Panthers by far was a youth movement that sparked international attention because of the racial climate in America that demanded changed.  Visually, there is no other group that had as much appeal and impact on the psyche’s of young Black people.  Dressed in black, raised fists, stoic military formation, gun raising young Negro males and women, scared the hell out of white people.

Founded in 1966 out of Oakland, California, by the late Huey P. Newton, and Bobby Seale.  They believed that the non-violent campaign of Martin Luther King had failed and they simply didn’t have the time to wait for the change that he spoke of.  Times were urgent and there needed to be an immediate response from those who had been victimized by racial segregation, racism, racial violence, and injustice.

The Panthers chose a language of violence in order to promote their revolutionary strategies.  Their public stance and image was militant and unapologetic.

They had 4 basic desires: equality in education, housing, employment, and civil rights.  They had a ten-point strategy to achieve those desires:

1) “Freedom; the power to determine the destiny of the Black and oppressed communities.

2) Full Employment; give every person employment or guaranteed income.

3) End to robbery of Black communities; the overdue debt of forty acres and two mules as promised to ex-slaves during the reconstruction period following the emancipation of slavery.

4) Decent housing fit for the shelter of human beings; the land should be made into cooperatives so that the people can build.

5) Education for the people; that teaches the true history of Blacks and their role in present day society.

6) Free health care; health facilities which will develop preventive medical programs.

7) End to police brutality and murder of Black people and other people of color and    oppressed people.

8) End to all wars of aggression; the various conflicts which exist stem directly from the United States ruling circle.

9) Freedom for all political prisoners; trials by juries that represent our peers.

10) Land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice, peace and community control of modern industry.”

The call to war against all authority figures that were considered “enemies” of the Black community, caught the attention of the FBI and its Director, J. Edgar Hoover.  Cointelpro was initiated as to discredit the Panther Party,  including dirty tactics implemented by field agents assigned to monitoring and infiltrating the Panther Party.  Hoover considered the BPP the greatest threat to internal national security of the country.

The Black Panther Party did a lot of good in the community which fostered support for them. They created a Free Food Program to feed those who could not afford to do so for themselves; Free Medical Research Health Clinics to provide basic health care for those who could not afford it and an Inter-communal Youth Band to give community pride to the movement.

It is a fact that the Black Panther Party was controversial, but no other group of its time garnered so much attention, acclaim, infamy, and fascination–to this day.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and it’s my opinion that the Panthers answered the call.

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18 comments on “The Black Panthers Were Correct…

  1. My father was a Panther for most of my young life and my mother as well. We had people coming in and out of the house all the time with boxes and boxes of stuff. I would come down late at night when my father would be smoking some weed and churning out flyers with a couple of other dudes. That was my awaking to the fact that the world hated me and would probably always would. Yes the Panthers were correct and we are in need of another movement.

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    • truthangel07 says:

      Wow. You mother and father were Panthers? Now that’s deep.

      You should write a book, Hung.

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      • Yes, my parents were both in the struggle back in those days. They went on to put together a not for profit organization to help children in need have better a Christmas. They also give away computers and such. You can check my mother out at thebicycleman.com. My father died a year ago.

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  2. Real sad says:

    The black panthers werent a good party.They was sexist evil black men that just wanted some white pussy.Sure they hate white men but they do not hate white women.I laugh at any blk man considering themselves blk panthers.All talk and no bite smh

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  3. Tyrone says:

    The militant facade does not scare whitemen, it’s too obvious. It’s flamboyant, typical black male behavior. Our race has a lot of that going on, Unfortunately! Sadly, the Panthers and other groups created a mindset that still haunts us to this day. Getting revenge against whitey rules the day, instead of uplifting the race. Look at some of the foolishness brothas fall victim to because some view it as militant? All the chaos and bloodshed in the hood since the 1960s? In retrospect, Malcolm was justified in not trusting the mirage of integration. But, Malcolm was naive as well. He helped promote and spread a religion to our race that is killing black people in Africa…Islam! How can we trust rebellious blackmen, when, they would harm us just to curry favor with their slavemasters? We bow to no one that is against us, too many drink the kool-aid…Jim Jones!

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  5. Tyrone says:

    The Black Power Movement didn’t achieve it’s stated goal, because, it excluded blackwomen. Any pro-black political cause that wants to be successful, has to defend both sides. I see more brothas aware of this gaping hole, but, it should be much more. Fear has always been the obstacle, too many brothas worry about being liked by other folk. Nobody else cares if my black self implodes, they don’t! Our people are naive, we need to rethink our strategy. I love black people, all of us should. Those that don’t, we have to treat them differently…Bottomline!

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    • truthangel07 says:

      There were Black women in the Panthers, but the downfall of the Panthers is when some of them began sleeping with white women. You said it best: “They are nothing more than wolves with lipstick.”

      And then what happened to the Panthers?

      I’ve always suspected that many of those women were working with Cointelpro–made an easy infiltrator by playing on the perceived psychological weaknesses of Black males.

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  7. Adeen says:

    The Black Panthers were correct. We should have followed their platform instead. Even Dr. King realized that integration didn’t work. He told Harry Belafonte just before he died that he feared that he was throwing our people into a ”burning house”.

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    • truthangel07 says:

      And it’s burning down.

      We must take control of our own destinies and stop acting like children seeking the approval of a master/parent.

      It’s a sick relationship between Black people and white people; this cord needs to be cut.

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      • Adeen says:

        I agree with you. We need to be more self reliant and build up our own communities. Sadly many of us, have adopted the ways of our oppressors and still suffer from self hatred, Stockholm Syndrome and wanting to be accepted by their oppressors. At this point, I feel like there is no hope for Black people in America. If our people don’t get their acts together, I believe that Black communities in America will become a permanent underclass.

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