In today’s society, when you say the words ‘Black Panther’ it usually invokes a 20-something crossing their arms and screaming “Wakanda forever”! If you mention Huey Newton, Fred Hampton or Bobby Seale to these people they stare at you and say they don’t remember who the actor that played the Black Panther was, but he was very good and deserved an Oscar.
But what those names should evoke are the words ‘revolution’, ‘organizers’, ‘progress’, and as much as I do love those Marvel movies, I gotta say, they haven’t particularly captured the spirit of the Black Panther comic book either! Hell the second issue has him fight the Ku Klux Klan after the board at Marvel requested more white characters to be introduced in the books! That shut them up real quick!
The REAL Black Panthers came out of a need for social revolution in America in the 60s. And that need is still here today, so it’s important to know what they did right, where they dropped the ball and how & why they were attacked by the establishment while driving social change and paradigm shifts! Aside from the comic book character, the only thing we know about this group is that they were militant Black men out for Black Freedom with guns, leather, sunglasses and berets which were also all Black! But that’s not really the accurate picture of the movement!
The Black Panthers were created by Bobby Seale and Huey Newton in 1965 after the assassination of Malcolm X. At this point there were riots over police brutality in predominantly black neighborhoods and this was also the time where black protestors were having dogs sicked on them and marchers were being hosed down. This is how you know that teaching racism has gotten out of hand, when dogs are trained to be racist.
Dogs don’t have no interest in judging people based on melanin content. They have interests in belly rubs and who’s got the treats! I feel like teaching dogs to be racist goes against the 8th Amendment of Cruel & Unusual Punishment! Emphasis on unusual! You gotta be real weird to try to teach a dog the N-Word…also racist. Very very racist!
It’s the same thing with Horse Cops! Those horses don’t want to be an instrument of oppression! They want to be free, eating apples from the hands of horse whisperers, not have commands shouted at them by Sargent Pepper Spray. Every time I see a horse at a protest I wonder if that horse is thinking “This is bullshit! My life matters too mother fucker! I’m not just here to let you bear mace innocent people!” I have to wonder how many horses put their two weeks notice in after a protest against police brutality!
Now Huey Newton was a law student that knew how to protect himself in the streets. Newton introduced the idea of how militarized the police are by saying they “occupy black neighborhoods as troops occupying a territory!” Really this is taking manifest destiny a bit too far isn’t it? Cops are no longer about protecting and serving they’re about manifesting and destinying…
If you’re unfamiliar with Manifest Destiny, it’s the idea that all the land was destined to be America’s and if they pray hard enough, or more accurately pillage hard enough, they make that land theirs! Which would then fulfill their destinies. It’s a real pull yourself up by yourself bootstraps approach to oppression.
America has a 1000 military bases around the globe right now which just means that manifest destiny has been franchised like a Subway or a McDonalds. For every base that occupies your territory you get a free toy that says upward mobility! Hooray Freedom via merchandised oppression! Manifest Destiny is an incredibly juvenile philosophy! It’s basically the “called it” of foreign policy!
“What is that Guam? Called it! America, called it! Callin it first! Is that Korea? Oh called it! It’s ours! We called it!”
Bobby Seale was a genius organizer. He was also a natural born rapper and instead of starting a band like most college kids he came up with the Panther’s tagline and what really became their mission statement “Power to the People. Power to all of the People!” Just within that statement alone the myth of Black Nationalism and militancy is dissolved.
The Black Panthers believed that society’s issues were coming from a systemic level, specifically poverty, which affected people of all races and creeds! If this sounds familiar it’s because a lot progressive and anti-establishment activists, organizers, commentators and comedians are STILL saying this stuff today! The Black Panthers pointed this out in 1966! That’s 54 years ago! What’s the time limit on trying ideas that don’t work and FINALLY listening to the voice of the people? Like…55 years?
Newton said: “We’re here to transform society and erect a system where people will receive justice”! So in order to specify what that meant, they came up with their 10 Point Program, which in reality was just addressing basic human rights! I will cover them more in depth in a little bit! But one of the aspects of the 10 point plan was to end police brutality of black people in America.
After the cops murdered another young black kid, which was the discriminatory cherry on the Jim Crow cake – which is pretty much just a big pile of flour – the Panthers decided to start their first initiative called ‘copwatch’! With Huey Newton being a law student he knew that California Penal Code 12020-12027 states that people were allowed to observe the police from a safe distance! And the Second Amendment granted them the right to bear arms during their observations. If the police decided to shoot them, they had a right to defend themselves.
This of course irritated the police officers, which then prompted Republicans to say we needed tighter restrictions on gun laws! REPUBLICANS AGAINST GUNS! Now I try not to make all the issues about race, but this one is just too obvious! All of sudden a bunch of black guys with guns show up to ensure that a mustachioed cop wasn’t going to kill another innocent civilian and the Republicans want to pretend like the Second Amendment doesn’t exist? Had this been a white dude with a sawed off shotgun and a water bottle of chew the cops might have deputized him for the week.
In today’s society we do have a version of Copwatch! It’s using our cell-phones, going live on social media, and of course unleashing the wrath of our Karens threatening to contact a manager. That’s right! We’re about to exercise our constitutional rights to speak to 100% of the managers! Plus we have the Black Lives Matter movement that is keeping violent and unjust cops at bay with protests and demonstrations for every innocent person killed by police!
And today the Republicans aren’t really advocating for tighter restrictions on guns, but rather flooding the market with them. FREEDOM…but in order to get it you have to win a duel with your neighbors! Take 10 paces, that’s one for every Amendment you don’t fully understand! And when a black NRA member is shot by the cops, the Republicans stay silent. They all scurry away into Mitch McConnel’s turtle shell and hide till everything blows over. They only peak out to blame the mentally ill or the Muslims.
[BPP 3] In 1967, Republicans decided that they needed to restrict open carry. The Black Panthers decided to protest that ruling! Bobby Seale took 30 Panthers down to the California State House, brandished with rifles, handguns and shotguns! But this was happening at the same time that Governor Ronald Regan was talking to the “Future Leaders of America”! You know these are the people that keep telling you that they are legislating on your behalf by telling you Corporations will trickle everything down. And of course the media freaked out, thinking that the Panthers were some kind of a gun club.
Now eventually they made it to the floor of the California Senate to talk about why passing the bill was a bad idea and what they stood for. Bobby Seale even addressed the media and outlined what their 10 Point Program for Human Rights was! After that the Panthers went to a gas station a mile away, where cops confiscated their guns and arrested a bunch of them under the charge of ‘conspiracy’, including Bobby Seale. Yet, we haven’t arrested most of the corporate media for spreading McCarthyist conspiracies for 4 years! Neither have we arrested my neighbor who keeps saying the landlady is a mole person! NO Randy she just doesn’t want to have dinner with you!
Congressmen came out saying they were ‘scared’ and out of fear the “Panther Bill” passed in 1967. Reagan is quoted to say: “I don’t think loaded guns is a way to solve a problem that should be solved among people of good will. And anyone who would approve of this demonstration is out of their mind!” So according to this logic cops that have killed innocent unarmed people, whether they were black or otherwise, according to God-King Republican Regan, are clinically insane. Open up the looney bins because we got some cops to check in!Apparently the Thin Blue Line is now a psychological diagnosis! Does that mean being an asshole is a pre-existing condition for cops?
Question for Republicans: What do you think the gold standard of Republicanism would say about the AR-15 and how deep the dick of the NRA is down the throat of the party today? Do yah think the gipper would call you crazy? Now before everyone freaks out and says that I’m sexist for making it a dick and not a lady part, there’s a reason! Most Republicans are homophobic as well as racist and I’m just trying to make them gag both physically and mentally at the sight of their guns going forward so that was a really progressive joke!
Eventually in a shootout, Officer John Fry is killed and Huey Newton is blamed for it. Newton is put into prison, putting both leaders of the Party behind bars. This brought in Eldrich Cleaver, who was an intellectual that had credibility with both the white and black communities. Cleaver was a lot more bombastic than both Newton & Seale. He even said he’d beat Ronald Reagan with a marshmallow in a duel!
As things kept escalating with the cops, The Panthers came up with one of the iconic sayings about the cops as an illustration in their papers! One of the cartoons by Emory Douglass read “Fuck the Pigs!” The cops said that their feelings were hurt when kids would say it to their faces. Oh really? Well the minority communities feelings are shattered when you murder one of us in cold blood, but you don’t really have much to say or do about those feelings! If we can keep rising up from that, maybe your bourgeoisie, bootlicking snowflake ass can take a few jokes we throw in your direction, Officer Bacon! Or you could just stop killing us to protect rich people’s interests and you know, serve your community! You might want to do what that badge actually says.
This back and forth power struggle is one the things that began to dissolve the Black Panther Party for Self Defense! In 1968 after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the violence from the Black Panther Party escalated and led to the first death of a Panther, little Bobby Hutton. Before we get to that, the death of Dr. King meant that hope for unity had died with him. There was a lot of anger that the man that walked through hell to befriend the oppressor to gain equality and was killed. And that anger is a righteous one!
Eldrich Cleaver wanted to make a point and decided the Party needed to take decisive action and take arms against the police. The elder members knew that was not a risk they wanted to take, but the younger members were ready for action. 17 year old Bobby Hutton borrowed a shotgun and went out with Cleaver to hunt for cops!
Eventually they got into a shootout. They got trapped in a basement after the cops had fired tear gas into the house they were in. The house was going to burn and Cleaver suggested that they surrender, but in order to not get shot, they needed to go out naked to show they were unarmed. Hutton was 17, shy and only took off his shirt to surrender. The cops killed him. This is the origins of “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”, and it’s the continuing pattern of innocent black kids getting killed by a system protecting it’s investments first. And also, pants can be very scary! According to cops, you never know if there’s a roll of quarters, someone is excited to see them or a bazooka!
After this incident Cleaver had disappeared. Now he’d later reappear in Algeria to start an International Wing of the Black Panther Party! The Nixon Administration was calling for Law & Order to be returned to the streets! And so we go back to the root cause of the problem; Creating an overpowered law and order system that oppresses citizens of color that only makes them want to push back.
With both sides escalating actions and tensions, it got a lot of people killed, and it kept a lot of Black Panthers in prison to this day! One of these escalations included the creation of the Black Liberation Army, which was the militant wing of the Black Panther Party, instituted in 1971. [SC 1] One of these cases that was brought to light was the case of Jalil Muntaquim who was accused of killing 2 cops in 1971.
Muntaquim has been in prison close to 50 years now, despite evidence showing that he didn’t fire the gun that killed the officers. The reason he has been denied parole is because he doesn’t regret being a Black Panther and a revolutionary! In 2002 he did say that he regrets the death of these 2 cops but he does not regret being a Black Panther! This makes him a political prisoner and this is the treatment that most of the Black Panthers in prison get too!
This is an unconstitutional imprisonment! In 2020 it’s not illegal to be a member of the LGBTQ community. It’s not illegal to be a Neo Nazi or White Nationalist. Fuck you’re still allowed to be a member of the McDonald’s Happy Meal Club at age 43 so you can keep collecting the toys! But if you’re a Black Panther that stood up for the people’s rights then you are kept in prison, proving the point of what we’re all fighting for!
There are those that don’t have any sympathy for political prisoners like Muntaquim. In 2018 it was stated in a press conference that “No cop killers should walk the face of the earth!” But we let killer cops walk all over our society and the laws don’t say anything about that! In fact most times cops are protected after they take the life of an innocent child, especially if that child was black like Bobby Hutton.
The wife of one of the deceased cops has made statements like “if you kill someone that is meant to protect society, then you deserve the death penalty”. Statements like these are ones of pain and the torment of loss but don’t see the other side of the argument. Copwatch was put into place because there was no protection from law enforcement if you were black or brown. The police were not there to serve these communities of color but rather contain them as Huey Newton put it! And in a country that has a torrid history of containing people against their will, perhaps it’s time to treat people significantly better. Through pain and loss, this woman has made some unfortunately racist statements.
There are over 19 Black Radicals that believe in Panther Philosophy still in prison today! One of the oldest of these folks is Chip Fitzgerald who is 80 years old! How fragile is a system when it fears an elderly black man that could be returned into society? Your feeble criminal justice system with it’s chains of institutionalized racism is weaker than an 80 year old man who should be soaking up the sun in Ft. Lauderdale and getting STI’s in his retirement community!
The Panthers legacy written by the oligarchs with their media propaganda proxies became about the violence in the streets. But this is not what the Black Panthers ever stood for. Copwatch and the escalation of violence came from one side not listening to the needs of the other. One side not feeling protected or served. When you turn civic duty into military force, you should expect push back.
The second amendment granted citizens to form a well regulated militia and misuse the shit out of comas, and the Black Panthers did at least one of those things. They were well regulated and well organized revolutionaries that fought both intellectually and physically against an unjust system, while advocating for some of the best and most progressive ideas we’ve ever seen in the 20th & 21st century!
Since the media and the oligarchs that rule of a plutocratic system want the masses to believe that Bobby Seale, Huey Newton, Fred Hampton and the rank & file of the Black Panther Party were some kind of anarcho-terror group, try to raise Black Atlantis from the depths of the Mississippi River, I thought it would important to address and talk about the 10 point system that the Black Panthers based their philosophies and actions on.
The first point stated: We Want Freedom. We Want Power To Determine the Destiny Of Our Black Community. We believe that Black people will not be free until we are able to determine our destiny.
This is pretty straightforward. I think even the most close minded individual can say this is pretty logical and sound. And if you’re confused, let’s put it this way, what would a rich out of touch white person know about the struggles of an underfunded, over-policed neighborhood? The answer is: not a good goddamn thing. Especially when you’re unwilling to listen and only care about Retweets and likes!
The second point stated: We Want Full Employment For Our People. We believe that the federal government is responsible and obligated to give every man employment or a guaranteed income. We believe that if the White American businessmen will not give full employment, then the means of production should be taken from the businessmen and placed in the community so that the people of the community can organize and employ all of its people and give a high standard of living.
This idea is still being argued in our society today! In 1966 the Black Panthers were advocating not just for a Universal Basic Income but also a Federal Jobs Guarantee that would ensure that every American is taken care of in this country by a government that should be for and by the people.
Look even the most conservative Constitutionalist can be on board with this idea. If the idea of this nation is to have a government for and by the people, then the role of government should be to provide for us with us in charge! This makes Universal Basic Income a Constitutional Idea, which means the Constitution might be Socialist and every Conservative just had a minor stroke.
For as much as the Republicans and Democrats are concerned putting Americans to work, they and their crony capitalist friends don’t really provide jobs that equate to a high standard of living or just A standard of living! And the right-to-work advocates say that this notion is false because Americans are doing great!
Before this 2020 pandemic they argued that the unemployment rate was so low that there are 2 and sometimes even 3 jobs for the average American! Incredible! Look how much work they have the right to work and how they exercise these rights. The sound of victory is an exasperated, collective sigh from the Working Class as they plop on their couch to pass out after an 19 hour day. America – Land of employment & Home of the overworked and under represented.
The unemployment rate due to the Pandemic is getting so high so that it’s becoming mentally ill. That’s why it’s called a Depression! Even the unemployment rate looks at this life and asks, “what’s even the point!” America’s so depressed with its high unemployment rate that it hasn’t seized the means of it’s pants in like a century!
And before anyone starts arguing with me about this, I just want to point out there are no fast food employees driving the newest Sedan with bluetooth configurations and a backup camera. They are driving their parents hand-me-downs that has a very specific way you have to start the car without the engine catching on fire and spontaneously combusting all known Geo Metros simultaneously.
This is a call to abolish class slavery in our society. The Working Class makes virtually no money but is placated to on a consistent basis. Questions of how we are going to help fund decent living conditions for them are met with “where’s the money gonna come from?” But no such questions are asked about Bank bailouts, extraordinary military budgets, new gold toilets for the rich and the astronomical amount of turtle wax used on Jeff Bezos’ head! At this point that vicious dome is so shiny you can see his oppressive glisen from space!
And the question must be asked why the Working Class can’t have a higher quality of life where we don’t have to work 2-3 jobs and pretend like that’s a good thing? What makes us undeserving of providing a life for ourselves and our families that doesn’t involve fearing whether our bills are paid up, our roofs don’t disappear and where our next plate of food comes from? For any person, politician or public figure that goes against this second point of the Black Panthers, goes against providing a good life for hard working Americans!
The third point states: We Want An End To The Robbery By The Capitalists Of Our Black Community. We believe that this racist government has robbed us, and now we are demanding the overdue debt of forty acres and two mules. Forty acres and two mules were promised 100 years ago as restitution for slave labor and mass murder of Black people. We will accept the payment in currency which will be distributed to our many communities. The Germans are now aiding the Jews in Israel for the genocide of the Jewish people. The Germans murdered six million Jews. The American racist has taken part in the slaughter of over fifty million Black people; therefore, we feel that this is a modest demand that we make.
This is the idea of financial reparations. At this point you can translate 40 acres and 2 mules to a decent house and 2 full size Sedans, with back-up cameras! And again this idea is met with the ever deafening “where’s the money gonna come from?” Oh I dunno, why don’t you ask your banker friends who keep robbing us blind every chance they get. In fact we are now adding our sight back to this modest demand as well!
The fourth point states: We Want Decent Housing Fit For The Shelter Of Human Beings. We believe that if the White Landlords will not give decent housing to our Black community, then the housing and the land should be made into cooperatives so that our community, with government aid, can build and make decent housing for its people.
Housing is a Basic Human right! The fact that in America we see thousands of Homeless people that we as a society are unwilling to help, means we are failing to provide Human Rights to citizens. And a lot of these homeless folks do have jobs, some of them are veterans and yes, some of them are mentally unstable, but that doesn’t mean they are undeserving of help.
We see this today from what’s happening with the pandemic with the loss of jobs and the pay cuts of the Working Class. There is a moratorium on evictions but there’s no cancelation of Rents, mortgages or debt. Which means even though most people have a roof over their head, the mounting debt associated with that roof is clogging the gutters and ensures they might wind up homeless.
Then the banks and other financial institutions can and will seize these properties. Which is heartbreaking and awful and will mean most of us will have to move back in with our parents. Look that’s an evil I wish on none of my enemies. As Americans we have the right to masturbate in peace! But at least we can record those hijinks and hope we get picked up for a 3 season run on CBS to try and get that house back right?
Now the Black Panthers actually put this into effect in their communities in order to protect their families from the FBI, who were targeting the Panthers. They called them Panther Pads, which were 3-4 bedroom apartments and houses, that would have 10 Panthers living there with a rotating chore list and security! This idea could be put into effect today to help communal living thrive and possibly end homelessness.
The fifth point states: We Want Education For Our People That Exposes The True Nature Of This Decadent American Society. We Want Education That Teaches Us Our True History And Our Role In The Present-Day Society. We believe in an educational system that will give to our people a knowledge of self. If a man does not have knowledge of himself and his position in society and the world, then he has little chance to relate to anything else.
History is written by the winners and that’s obviously because if it was written by the losers, it’d be all whiny about how the winners cheated and how sore the losers are from the all the oppression. The problem is sometimes the bad guys win and have to convince us that they are the good guys! Which is why history has turned in a college freshman level creative writing workshop!
American History is boiled into these popcorn facts about George Washington chopping down a cherry tree to manifest destiny produce or Ben Franklin inventing electricity with a key and some STIs or Thomas Jefferson owning a mansion in Virginia named after an artisanal pasta sauce, Monticello. And we celebrate all 3 of these fine American Presidents…by putting them on currency that we pass around more frequently than Ben Franklin passed around his herpes!
American history celebrates the shit out of Robber Barons like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockerfeller, but neglects to point out that they constantly advocated for violence against striking workers. Andrew Carnegie was known to publicly claim he was on his workers side and in private he would talk about crushing the worker and their precious unions too! Andrew Carnegie would give speeches from his private train, which in the late 1800s was like owning a private jet! And yes, it did get crazy on those trains. Lots of bare ankles and some folks were even wiggling those toes! How naughty!?
But America doesn’t celebrate the strikes that gave us our precious weekend, the 8 hour work day, a lunch break and the right to masturbate in the bathroom because we’re living with our parents. America doesn’t celebrate the Black Panthers who were advocating for the truth, fighting for the working class and ensuring the oligarchic oppression wouldn’t continue. Winners shouldn’t write history through their skewed lens. History belongs to us losers, because we know the truth of how the winners won!
The sixth point states: We Want All Black Men To Be Exempt From Military Service. We believe that Black people should not be forced to fight in the military service to defend a racist government that does not protect us. We will not fight and kill other people of color in the world who, like Black people, are being victimized by the White racist government of America. We will protect ourselves from the force and violence of the racist police and the racist military, by whatever means necessary.
Now to put this context, this was during the Vietnam War which had a lot of people that were actively protesting the draft and the War itself! Now this is still prevalent today! The Working Class Americans are the ones sent to go fight the illegal wars of the rich to acquire resources that don’t belong to them from Black & Brown countries. This one is going to cost more than 40 acres and 2 mules!
In fact the cost of the American War Machine is about $2 Trillion! And there’s no one asking “but where the money gonna come from!?” If we decreased this spending by half we can fund Medicare for All & infrastructure programs which would cost $350 billion AND $22 billion to feed all the Americans in this country! Then we’d still have enough left over for 40 acres and too many mules!
In today’s pandemic climate, the whole world decided to call a cease fire to Military operations but instead in America we have a former CIA Director as our Secretary of State calling for more bombings of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Yemen! And there is logic behind these actions. If the virus, SARS-CoV-2, sees how big our explosions are, it’ll realize how big our dicks are and then it won’t try to invade America!
America also utilizes Economic Wars in the form of Sanctions. From Iran, Venezuela to Nicaragua, American sanctions have been put into place specifically to hinder these nations’ wealth and the distribution of aid and medical supplies to these countries. Why? Well because they’re evil! In Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro gave his people groceries and cancelled all rents and mortgages. Kindness is evil, you guys! What’s he up to? Communism and Kindness, both start with ‘K’s so, that’s something. And if you’re asking, why are we even trying to control Venezuela, the official statement from the White House is “Shut your dumb fucking face you commie pinko asshat!”
America is also enacting an Economic War against its own citizens. There is an infinite reserve when it comes to the military budget but confusion about math and balancing the books when we talk about funding Medicare For All! In 1964 MLK pushed for a Federal Aid program for Black Americans who much like poor white Americans were stuck in poverty. This would help both Black & White Americans in poverty and would’ve rivaled the military budget as it should! If you want true equality, we should fund programs that save lives at the same rate as, if not more than, the programs that take life! That’s what is known as the circle of life! The Yin & the Yang. Look this is like a See-Saw at a playground. You have to have 2 kids of equal weight to achieve balance. But when the high school football jock wants to see-saw with the kindergartner, you create a catapult and that’s always been an act of war.
Now the 7th point talks about Ending Police Brutality, which we addressed, so lets move to point number 8 which states: We Want Freedom For All Black Men Held In Federal, State, County And City Prisons And Jails. We believe that all Black people should be released from the many jails and prisons because they have not received a fair and impartial trial.
America has the largest prison population in the world! Because we don’t really care what we’re number 1 at, as long as we’re number 1 at it! In the case of Muntaquim, who we talked about earlier, it’s evident that the criminal justice system was trying to lock up a revolutionary. There’s evidence about who fired the gun that killed the officers and it was proven that he didn’t fire the weapon. He still remains in prison today!
In 1969 Bobby Seale was arrested after delivering an Anti-War speech at a college in Chicago! He was invited to be there! He didn’t just show up and start yelling into a bullhorn “Let me tell yah about the motha fuckin war!” Seale was arrested for “inciting violence”. Again, he was making an anti-war speech, which is LITERALLY THE OPPOSITE OF INCITING VIOLENCE! They didn’t let his attorney show up for the trial and he represented himself.
The judge would allow Bobby Seale to defend himself and it got so out of hand that Bobby Seale’s mouth was taped up and he was chained to a chair! The only thing this judge didn’t do to prove he was a racist was wear a Klan hood during the trial! Things got so bad, there were calls from all across the country to stop the trial!
[SC 8] In European countries revolutionaries who have committed far grander acts of violence are set free after they have served their sentence and expressed remorse like Muntaquim has! America is like an abusive parent that sends their kid to their room without dinner, except for life. Look as long as Black Panther revolutionaries are in prison but thieving bankers aren’t this Criminal Justice System will not and cannot be trusted.
The ninth point states: We Want All Black People When Brought To Trial To Be Tried In Court By A Jury Of Their Peer Group Or People From Their Black Communities, As Defined By The Constitution Of The United States. We believe that the courts should follow the United States Constitution so that Black people will receive fair trials. The Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives a man a right to be tried by his peer group. A peer is a person from a similar economic, social, religious, geographical, environmental, historical and racial background. To do this the court will be forced to select a jury from the Black community from which the Black defendant came. We have been, and are being, tried by all-White juries that have no understanding of the “average reasoning man” of the Black community.
This one is pretty simple, just because some white kid from the burbs can quote Tupac doesn’t mean they understand the struggles of being black or brown in this country! But our justice system likes to think so, because they can get jiggy with it. Huh? Come on! Amirite? Virtually every single Black Panther trial had a white jury when they were sentenced. They got jiggy with alright…jiggy with oppression.
And finally the last point: We Want Land, Bread, Housing, Education, Clothing, Justice And Peace. When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect of the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
This sounds a little confusing, but to break it down, they’re saying that if there are laws that separate us from our rights to have land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice & peace, then we should separate ourselves from those laws. Basically this is calling for a divorce from an abusive system that exploits the people for their labor and resources and gives them nothing in return! The problem is sometimes you have an ex that wants to gaslight you, set your shit on fire and then taser you but still say they love you, which makes the divorce process longer and more difficult!
Now some folks might say “well Krish we have a lot of these things, America isn’t living in the dark ages. We got rid of slavery here! Sure we support slave labor in other countries, but that’s because we need our devices to watch porn on the go!” And this is the difference in the white perspective and the minority perspective. Most white people compare the state now to where we used to be. And for the minority community is about where we should be. These 10 points reflect where we should be while recognizing where we are and understanding where we’ve come from!
Now as we did mention the FBI was targeting the Black Panther Party and believed them to be a dangerous organization. Now I know some folks might be thinking, “Krish you did also mention that they were pretty aggressive towards the cops and such, so this would make sense”, but the FBI wasn’t involved when Copwatch was put into place! They were harassing Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965. The FBI set their minds to destroy the Black Panthers when they started their non-violent, Survival Programs!
After his arrest in 1966, Bobby Seale was released from Prison 3 years later. Upon his return to the party, he decided to implement more community based programs. He called them the Survival Programs, which had lasting effects in our country’s history. These Survival Programs fell in line with the 10 points that the Panthers believed in and were necessary because the government wasn’t taking care of any of these communities!
One of the major things the Black Panthers did was enact Medicare For All within their communities. They did this by having Dr. Tobert Small talk to pharmaceutical companies to donate medicine. Doctors and nurses volunteered at the George Jackson Free Clinic to ensure that people would have the check ups they needed despite their incomes.
The wild part of this is that Dr. Small was not a Party member. He was a good samaritan that saw what the Black Panther Party wanted to do and decided to help. Bobby Seale put him in charge to test as many black folks for Sickle Cell which was a disease plaguing the community. The government had less than $100k in their budget allocated for this. And to be fair to the government, they had to murder Asians in Vietnam and that was important because Communism, which has never actually set foot in America and that’s why it’s so dangerous. It doesn’t even need feet to destroy freedom!
You know for how much we are afraid of the Reds in America, it’s a wonder that we keep that color as part of the flag. And for as racist as America’s history is, I’m surprised it’s not just 3 shades of white; Eggshell, Alabaster and Klan.
Now the media was obsessed with the Panthers and their look. They looked bad ass and have become iconic to what a revolutionary is supposed to look like. The leather jacket, the berets, the afros and Bobby Seale took advantage of that to shine a light on the Survival Programs.
Self Proclaimed Dreamer, John Lennon invited Bobby Seale and a few other Panther Party leaders on National Television to talk about their Survival Programs they put into place, which led to President Richard Marion Nixon signing a legislation to find the cure for Sickle Cell! And lest we forget, the Panthers were basically enacting Medicare For All here! And this means that Medicare For All can work, but it’s just out of sheer callousness & greed from both parties that continue to block it.
Their most famous Survival program was the Free Breakfast for kids program. The Panthers noticed that kids were more fatigued and distracted in school, which came from a lack of nutrition in the morning. So they decided to make sure that all the kids in their community would be fed. On the first day they fed 11 kids and by the end of the first week they fed 135!
By the end of 1969 they were serving 20,000 meals across 19 communities. They did this by teaching the leaders of every Black Panther Party chapter on how to initiate these Survival Programs in every community. As former Panther Bill X. Jennings points out “Every office was supposed to send 2 people so people could learn how the program worked and start one in your area”. And again, we see how this idea was white-washed as the Sith from Star Wars took this idea for nefarious deeds! The Sith basically gentrified the Rule of Two!
This program transformed a lot of things. Men were in the kitchen cooking for children in the 60s and 70s! Women were holding guns and leading the charge in these programs. They broke gender norms! The image of a revolutionary went from the leather jackets & berets to an apron & a spatula! Bill X. Jennings calls this “one of the biggest and baddest things” they ever did. The Black Panthers are living proof that kindness, compassion and community are the real revolutions!
In 1975, 6 years after the origin of the Panther’s Survival Programs, Nixon instituted the breakfast program in every public school in America and that’s a direct result of the Black Panther Party! This wasn’t the only thing they were doing! They enacted Free Ambulance Rides, Free Dental check ups, free bussing to prisons to see incarcerated loved ones, free clothing & shoe programs! Hell they even took kids off the yards of the elderly and shook their fists at them. It was a variation on the “Black Power” symbol. It said “Black Power, but get the fuck off my lawn you whipper-snapper!”
This is where the FBI comes in! As the success of these programs designed to help the American populace who were ignored by the government grew, so did J. Edgar Hoover’s paranoia. There was a contest between Hoover and Nixon on who could be the more paranoid, racist, wrinkly old white man! J. Edgar Hoover said these Survival Programs “represents the best and most influential activity going for the BPP and, as such, is potentially the greatest threat to efforts by authorities to neutralize the BPP and destroy what it stands for”. That’s right folks, the greatest threat to the nation was kids with full bellies and medicine!
To break that down a little. J. Edgar Hoover of the FBI said a positive thing for low income communities was a threat to the state and these programs are what the Black Panther Party stands for and they have to destroy that! So essentially they’re saying they’re going to run a covert counter-intelligence coup against the American people! And that is the most accurate word for the FBI, counterintelligence. Because everything in that statement is counter to the intelligence of a well run society and government!
This program was called CoIntelPro, or Counterintelligence…Pro. You guys know how when you get an app, there’s a free version called ‘lite’ and then the full version called ‘pro’. This was basically the full version of Counterintelligence. The lite version was just profusely using the N-Word…and also indiscriminately killing black people on the streets. This Pro version was going to take the Jim Crow cake.
There were 290 Counterintelligence programs and 245 were dedicated to the Black Panthers. That’s 85% of their dumbassery targeted a group that was helping feed kids, take care of a community’s health and help the elderly! And dumbassery is a synonym of counterintelligence so that’s an accurate statement.
To J. Edgar Hoover any type of black organizing was a threat to the status quo. The status quo being over-policed and poor communities of color that don’t say anything when injustice happens in their communities. He wrote that CoIntelPro was set to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit & neutralize the so called “Black Nationalist” movements.
The term neutralize was a feel good word for state sponsored murder! Now this is the type of disruption the Democrats and Republicans can really get behind. If you protest killer cops and disrupt the daily life of complacent Americans you are dubbed a terrorist. But if you imprison or kill organizers by propagandizing the narrative, you’re a valued government official.
The FBI would create suspicion by following Panthers, tap their phone lines, harassing family members and even sending letters of infidelity to loved ones! Every person involved in CoInTelPro was the School’s Hall Monitor that would tell the Principal if they caught you kissing the hallway! These guys were wound up so tight they should be called CoINCELPro!
They used these letters as leverage to create informants. And they were also opportunistic about misdemeanors from young black men! This was to fulfill one of the FBI’s mission statements to destroy the Panthers.
They wanted to “Prevent the appeal of radical political movement on black youth”. Basically they wanted to uncool the revolution, by showing everyone how great life can be if you’re a paranoid, delusional, racist who hasn’t their dick in 30 years.
J. Edgar Hoover took this paranoia and went on National TV proclaiming that the Panthers were a dangerous terrorist organization. You know all those terror organizations and dictators always feeding children, clothing poor people, delivering medicine and helping the elderly cross streets. You guys remember how Al-Qeda was just trying to deliver a plane full of pizza on 9/11 to hard working Americans and got too much pizza grease on the instruments! Those terrorists I tell yah!
This let the cops drop what little civil liberties they were respecting to go guns a blazing to kill Panthers! The FBI manipulated various police departments with tales of Panthers that could transform into literal Black Panthers with a Gatling Gun on their backs! Some of them would also turn into the Tiger from He-Man! Remember the cops started escalating things with the Panthers first and the FBI not only excused this, but fan the flames! This might prove that paranoia is a contagious virus!
The cops not only raided Panther Pads and HQs, but arrested scores of rank and file members. One of the largest examples of this was when the entire Party leadership of the New York City Black Panther Party was arrested on bombing conspiracy charges with no evidence! They became the ‘Panther 21’, because every illegally charged racist crime needs a fun name for the T-Shirts!
There were people trying to raise money to the Panther Defense Funds to pay for legal fees of illegally arrested Panthers. The expenses were so high that the Panthers had to depend on high profile donations like from Jane Fonda and Marlon Brando! After 13 months of trials and re-trails, they were found innocent!
This was part of the full sweep of tactics used by the FBI. They went after the Panthers violently, depleted their people power, depleted their economic resources and hung most them up in litigation so they couldn’t focus on their Survival Programs, which continued to thrive despite the FBI fuckery. They use manipulation to ensure kids would stay hungry! That’s what the FBI represents; starving children!
The craziest element of CoIntelPro was the final part of their mission statement which was to prevent the rise of a black messiah! J. Edgar Hoover was terrified of a Black Messiah that would come forth, speak clearly & eloquently and liberate the working class people against the oppressive government. Usually when we have people speaking of looking for messianic figures we put them into psychiatric care, but in America they are granted a high power job with all the benefits! This notion is why he directed Bobby Seale to be arrested over an anti-war speech in 1969, and worse led to the death of young Fred Hampton.
Fred Hampton at age 20 was the leader of the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party. By age 20 my biggest accomplishment was bonging a beer without crying. Fred Hampton was a magnetic speaker and one of the most accomplished Panthers around! Fred Hampton was working together with Latin and white gangs, dissolving their disputes and bringing them into the fold!
Nothing shrivels a racists dick like solidarity that goes beyond melanin, and J. Edgar Hoover’s dick was going concave! Hoover was afraid that Hampton was the black messiah and so he made his personal bodyguard, William Neal, an informant, tip off the Chicago PD that there were illegal guns in the Panther Pad. Neal gave them the layout of the apartment and the Chicago Police Department murdered Fred Hampton. The media lied about them being violent.
This is what happens when people put down their hatred over melanin content. This is what happens when the community decides it’s going to feed its people, clothe its people and provide all the basic needs and shows a government that has ignored them that we are self sufficient and don’t their shriveled dicks getting our way. The Panthers moved in a peaceful direction and the FBI used the police as a force of violence to run them down!
The Panthers ceased to be in 1982. Huey Newton was getting into drugs and depression. Eldrich Cleaver was running a violent operation from Algeria. The FBI used letters to instigate both of them. The FBI really liked using letter writing campaigns. They were basically like the Civil Rights’ deadliest pen pal. Not just that, but because of the FBI & cops harassing their family, the Panthers isolated themselves to ensure their families safety. The FBI made the revolutionary road a lonely one.
Eventually Bobby Seale distanced himself from the Party as well. He ran for Mayor in Oakland on Panther philosophies and actions! Seale actually increased voter registration because people wanted to vote FOR him instead of against his opponent! Go figure when you run a campaign where you ensure you’ll work for the people, the people want to participate in the election.
There are those that will keep gaslighting society to believe that Socialism in America won’t work. The Black Panthers are proof that it will. They were able to provide healthcare, elder assistance, shelter, food and water to communities that the corporate duopoly forgot. The FBI and the police made the Panthers defend themselves and these community driven programs by taking up arms. They lied and they cheated and unfortunately the American populace fell for it. We were grifted out a better future.
The legacy of the Panthers is not what the media portrays of them. They weren’t violent Black Militants or Cop Killers. The legacy of the Black Panther was in the work of the rank & file to create community, the words of solidarity from Bobby Seale & Fred Hampton, the intellect from Newton and even the sass of Eldrich Cleaver. They exposed the underbelly of the paranoid, conspiratorial, corrupt system in place in every which way. Don’t let their History be written by the bad guys that won.
Krish Mohan is a socially conscious, Indian standup comedian and writer who regularly tours the country. He performs at small theaters, bars, comedy clubs, colleges, DIY and house venues. With his quirky attitude, charming personality, and intelligent humor, Krish captivates and engages audiences of all backgrounds, tackling hot button topics like race, religion, war, immigration, while adding an optimistic, philosophical & sociological twist!