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The Black Panther Party

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posted on Nov, 26 2010 @ 07:30 PM
I have come across many people on the street wondering why I have a book bag of the Black Panther logo on it. I cite the original group and the famous members who drawn me to become interested in learning about the Panthers. Many of the replies I get is "original group?" Maybe it's were I live that it surprises me that people in California don't know much about the group. I would like to share my knowledge of the Black Panthers and we can learn what this group really meant in the past.


Founded in Oakland, California, by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton on October 15, 1966, the organization initially set forth a doctrine calling primarily for the protection of African American neighborhoods from police brutality. But the Black Panther Party's objectives and philosophy expanded and evolved rapidly during the party's existence. The organization's leaders passionately espoused socialist and communist (largely Maoist) doctrines, but the Party's black nationalist reputation attracted an ideologically diverse membership.Ideological consensus within the party was difficult to achieve, and some prominent members openly disagreed with the views of the leaders.

As you can tell the party was influenced by the Black Power movement, Communism and Socialist politics, and protection from police brutality against Blacks. Founded by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton on October 15, 1966.
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The organization's official newspaper, The Black Panther, was first circulated in 1967. Also that year, the Black Panther Party marched on the California State Capitol in Sacramento in protest of a selective ban on weapons. By 1968, the party had expanded into many cities throughout the United States, including New Orleans, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, San Diego, Denver, Newark, New York City, Boston, Dallas, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. Membership reached 5,000 and their newspaper, under the editorial leadership of Eldridge Cleaver, had a circulation of 250,000. The group created a Ten-Point Program, a document that called for "Land, Bread, Housing, Education, Clothing, Justice and Peace", as well as exemption from conscription for African-American men, among other demands. With the Ten-Point program, “What we Want, What We Believe”, the Black Panther Party captured in uncompromising language the collective economic and political grievances articulated by black radicals and many black liberals since the 1930s.

Shows you the Tea Party is not the only group in American history to protest the American government for banning of weapons and various other reasons. The Ten Point Program was a huge success.
Ten point Program

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Famous rapper Tupac. Son of two Black Panthers and his stepfather was a Black Panther also.

Gaining national prominence, the Black Panther Party became an icon of the counterculture of the 1960s. Ultimately, the Panthers condemned black nationalism as "black racism" and became more focused on socialism without racial exclusivity. They instituted a variety of community social programs designed to alleviate poverty and improve health among communities deemed most needful of aid. It also recognized that different minority communities (those it deemed oppressed by the US government) needed to organize around their own set of issues and encouraged alliances with such organizations.

This is were I began to talk about the White Panthers and why many people of different colors I know are also fans of the Black Panthers.

White Panther Wikipedia article

The White Panthers were a far left, anti-racist, White American political collective founded in 1968 by Lawrence Plamondon, Leni Sinclair, and John Sinclair. It was started in response to an interview where Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, was asked what white people could do to support the Black Panthers. Newton replied that they could form a White Panther Party. The group took the name and dedicated its energies to "cultural revolution." Sinclair made every effort to ensure that the White Panthers were not mistaken for a white supremacist group, responding to such claims with "quite the contrary." The party worked with many ethnic minority rights groups in the Rainbow Coalition.

White Panther Statement
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In November 1968, Fifth Estate published the "White Panther State/meant". This manifesto, emulating the Black Panthers, ended with a ten-point program: Full endorsement and support of the Black Panther Party's 10-point program and platform. Total assault on the culture by any means necessary, including rock and roll, dope, and #ing in the streets. Free exchange of energy and materials—we demand the end of money! Free food, clothes, housing, dope, music, bodies, medical care—everything free for every body! Free access to information media—free the technology from the greed creeps! Free time & space for all humans—dissolve all unnatural boundaries! Free all schools and all structures from corporate rule—turn the buildings over to the people at once! Free all prisoners everywhere—they are our comrades! Free all soldiers at once—no more conscripted armies! Free the people from their phony "leaders"—everyone must be a leader—freedom means free every one! All Power to the People!

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director J. Edgar Hoover called the party “the greatest threat to the internal security of the country,” and he supervised an extensive program (COINTELPRO) of surveillance, assassination, infiltration, police harassment, perjury, and a laundry list of other tactics designed to incriminate party members and drain the organization of resources and manpower. Through these tactics, it was thought that their potential for further advancement would diminish and probability of continuing to serve as a threat to the general power structure of the US, or maintain a presence as a strong undercurrent would shrink.” While party membership started to decline during Huey Newton's 1968 manslaughter trial, the Black Panther Party collapsed altogether in the early 1970s. Scholars such as Angela Davis and Ward Churchill have alleged that law enforcement officials went to great lengths to discredit and destroy the organization, including assassination.

As the Black Panther Party was formed in 1966 it has already influenced many Blacks to become apart of the Black Power movement. Many Whites created the White Panther Party to be apart of the Black Panthers. Since the decline the image was ever lasting. Members of the Nation of Islam soon used the image of the original Black Panthers to create the New Black Panther Party. Which today is now known for it's infamous racist actions.

The New Black Panther Party (NBPP), whose formal name is the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, is a U.S.-based black political organization founded in Dallas, Texas in 1989. Despite its name, NBPP is not an official successor to the Black Panther Party. Members of the original Black Panther Party have insisted that this party is illegitimate and have vociferously objected that there "is no new Black Panther Party". The Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center identify the New Black Panthers as a hate group.

Even though there is a group with the name the New Black Panthers. Doesn't mean they are the only set of people Black, White or any other skin color influenced by the original Black Panther movement.

More information on the Black Panthers.
Black Panther Party for self defence
Black Panther Party

posted on Nov, 26 2010 @ 07:35 PM
What do you mean by party?

A political party? Uh huh, I have not seen one member on any ballot.

Or a house party?

posted on Nov, 26 2010 @ 07:44 PM
reply to post by HermitShip

The Black Panthers were a political party. So I guess that is where the Party in the Black Panther Party comes from.

posted on Nov, 26 2010 @ 07:49 PM
the prior poster committed a crime!

if you didnt read what the op posted or did not read further backbround information pertaining the original black panther party; would you feel comfortable calling them a gang based on what you know in the context of your reply?

if you break into my castle and kill the king this does not mean you were ever a citizen of my kingdom?

posted on Nov, 26 2010 @ 07:51 PM
reply to post by Romantic_Rebel

As with any good thing that gains momentum in modern politics, it is soon blemished by those who would infiltrate it with the purpose of destroying it. The New Black Panther Party, although not a successor to the Black Panthers, are close enough in name that the ordinary, uninformed citizen would think that the BPs evolved into the NBPP. Same thing with the Tea Party. The original Tea Party is not what the Tea Party is today.

posted on Nov, 26 2010 @ 07:58 PM


posted on Nov, 26 2010 @ 07:59 PM
With my limited knowledge regarding this part of history I will take a stab at this one. The original Black Panther Party served a purpose during the time period they were involved in. And served it well. I am sure there were many bad apples in the group just as in any group but the intent was to makes some changes where changes needed to be made. The New Black Panther Party in what I have seen on t.v. and such is just another bunch of ignorant idiots running around with no intentions for any particular purpose other than to act in racists ways and act ignorant to the fullest extent. My take on it anyways, like I said at least the original seemed to hold certain values unlike the new wanna be's .

posted on Nov, 26 2010 @ 08:27 PM
Great post.

A decent movie about this group is PANTHER came out in '95

posted on Nov, 26 2010 @ 08:53 PM
any group that gets large enough will attract nuts that will use its name to further their nutty agenda...they will also be the ones the camera focuses on.

This can be said for the black panthers, the current political parties, etc....

the ignorant majority of the country will of course be programmed by their favorite talking programmer on how they are to think about the group based on the extreme examples given.

posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 01:32 AM
Great post Rebel. The BPP broke the first rule of government: Thou shalt not organize. I remember watching the news as a kid and how they were demonized by the media in order to scare the white populace. Another America tragedy where the people spontaneously rise to help themselves and get the attention of the FBI.
I'd never heard of the White Panther Party before, that took some guts I suppose.
Batteries running out so great video choices too.
Thanks for the lesson.

posted on Dec, 1 2010 @ 01:00 AM
The Black Panther Party is a racist group towards to whites, Caucasian people

I am ashamed to see what ATS is becoming ATS Members supporting Black Panther Party Racist Group because they have anti government topics?

Ok thats a bit taken way to far in the conspiracy world.

posted on Dec, 1 2010 @ 01:02 AM
reply to post by Agent_USA_Supporter

Actually I don't support crooked governments. I support a government that works! As you can see in my post the original Black Panther Party for Self Defense was not racist. See the entry about the White Panthers.

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