October 13, 2006, - 2:54 pm

40 Years of Violence & Murder: UnHappy Anniversary, Black Panthers

By Debbie Schlussel
Today through Sunday, the Black Panthers are celebrating their 40th anniversary. Check out their absurd, celebratory website. Talk about chutzpah. This group is the epitome of it. “In your face, American Honkies. We got you.”
It’s been a long 40 years under the Panthers reign of terror in America. The Black Panthers’ 40 years has been marked by violence, murder, cop-killing, anti-Semitism, anti-White racism, pan-Islamism and a host of other things that are no good for any free and democratic society.
Several Black Panthers are now extremist Muslims and cause celebres in the Islamofascist community, like convicted, imprisoned cop-killer Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin a/k/a H. Rap Brown. Al-Amin, who bragged, “Violence is as American as cherry pie,” killed one sheriff’s deputy and wounded another in March 2000. The group–so vicious, so violent–even savagely tortured and murdered its own. The disgusting way they tortured and dismembered their living victims was so sick, it rivals that of the Islamic terrorists we are fighting now. Ungreat minds think alike.


Extremist Makeover:

Black Panthers, Then & Now

So there’s really no reason whatsoever to celebrate that this group is still around. Yet, the Panther alums are not only celebrating. They’re expecting us to buy their extremist makeover. These murderous thugs now want you to believe they are “activists” and want you to see “a positive image.” They think donning fancy suits instead of berets and military garb will instantly erase our memory banks about their “activities.”
They’ve tried this before, with “Burn Baby Burn” Black Panther hot sauce. But the only thing that was burning is America under their reign of terror. You can’t remake years of murderous thuggery with a sudden Halloween costume of the Black Martha Stewart. They never apologized for murdering innocent people, leaving cops’ children fatherless, taking others’ lives for nothing.
From an apologist San Francisco Chronicle piece on the 40th confab, we’re racists because we don’t like “civil rights” groups that murder for a living:

Clarence Walker, a professor at UC Davis who specializes in African American history, said activist black organizations in the United States often are seen as militant by the general public because the country has a schizophrenic vision of black people.
“You are either dancing and happy or you are a militant. The Black Panthers represented that phase of black power that believed black people should be armed and defend themselves and turn away from the nonviolent resistance movement,” Walker said. “There is this image of them in white America — as well as some parts of black America — as a threatening and dangerous thing.
“Then there are a large number of people — especially in the Bay Area — who grew up seeing them do good things. There have always been two sides to it.” . . .
But the image that stuck with many Americans was that of black militants with berets and guns. Stories of Panthers’ shootouts with police overwhelmed coverage of their work with the poor, said Seale, who changed the group’s name from Black Panther Party for Self-Defense to Black Panther Party because “we got tired of being confused with a paramilitary-type organization.”


More Extremist Makeover:

Black Panthers’ Emblem Then, Black Panthers’ Emblem Now

The party gained international notoriety when Seale and Newton sent armed members to the State Assembly in Sacramento in 1967 to oppose gun restrictions. Several members who walked onto the Senate floor with loaded weapons were arrested for disturbing the peace but not on weapons charges, because they were carrying theirs legally, Seale said.
At its height, about two months after Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered, the Black Panther Party had 5,000 members in 49 chapters and branches across the country, Seale said. The 1968 confrontation that left Hutton dead, along with other shootouts with Oakland police, caused the negative image, members say. The incidents also brought the federal scrutiny that they say ultimately broke up the party. The FBI infiltrated the Panthers and several other activist groups in its infamous counterintelligence program called Cointelpro, begun in 1967.
“J. Edgar Hoover saw the guns and what we were accomplishing and said the organization was a threat to security, and he told people that we wanted to shoot and kill white people,” Seale said. “We were about defending ourselves against white racists.” . . .
“Even though we were doing a lot of things in the community, like running for political office, grassroots organizing, handing out breakfast and offering free preventative medical health care and sickle cell tests, people remain confused to this day,” Seale said.

So do Hezbollah, HAMAS, and Al-Qaeda. And so did Hitler. J. Edgar Hoover was right. And deluded professor Walker and his “two sides to every story” pap? Sorry, there’s only one side to this story. 40 years of Black Panther violence, murder, and mayhem was more than enough. Here’s hoping there won’t be another 40. These domestic terrorists never represented Black America.
The only good thing for Black Panthers in America to do is fade to black.

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60 Responses

Debbie, I am disappointed with you. I hope that over the past 10 years you have learned more about American history of which the Panthers had its part to play… good and bad.

The Black Panther movement advocated unity among race, creed and color. You missed the mark in checking your facts properly… which would have taken you about 3-5 hrs (multiple sources of course). During that time you would have understood that there is no “one-stop” for the story which has slices of polar accounts (especially about racism). The most important conclusion would be that there is no complete or definitive account… including books written by BPP them selves… for legitimate reasons.

Some try to claim that the Panthers stood for black separatism… racism. This is completely incorrect. In “Seize the Time”, Bobby Seale, the other founder of the Black Panthers stressed, “We do not fight racism with racism. We fight racism with solidarity (i.e., inclusive of all race, creed and color). We do not fight exploitative capitalism with black capitalism. We fight capitalism with basic socialism (i.e., working class united against the rich and in power). We fight imperialism with proletarian internationalism.”
The Black Panthers recognized that the working class could not afford to let racial or national prejudices divide them. Speaking about black separatists within the movement, Bobby Seale said: “Those who want to obscure the struggle with ethnic differences are the ones who are aiding and maintaining the exploitation of the masses. We need unity to defeat the boss class – every strike shows that. All of us are laboring class people…in our view it is a class struggle between the massive proletarian working class and the small minority ruling class. Working-class people of all colors must unite against the exploitative ruling class.”

Of course their mandate and their actions did not match and at times where confrontational. I suspect due to challenging efforts to control such a new organization in the face of the individual egos, rapidly fluctuating membership and most importantly the lack of effective accountability/training in how to remain calm under the explosive conditions when dealing with the Police. Especially at the alarmingly increasing rate that they were clearly inciting the confrontation. Those acts of illegal attacks on the state is what muddied their organization’s legitimacy and legacy. The heart thumping excitement of effecting ideas of change at such a grand “planetary” level… choked off in infancy due to human nature. The very thing we all try to ascend in our own way.

Vijay on March 18, 2016 at 12:04 am

I am a white student doing a report on this and this is the most loaded b.s i have ever read. Excuse my grammar, The BPP justifiably start a group to defend their communities and have a say in the economic and political system that effects them and they’re thugs. LOL Do you know they have been around for less then 10 years at the peak of their reign and only a few violent incidents occur. Most of which happened after they destroyed the leadership in the party. We have been torturing and killing them for over 400 years and still today, and you have the audacity to label this “40 years of Murder.” LOL White privilege is something we flourish in everyday and you’re a prime example. People do bad shit in the name of many groups, but we totally write the black people off, because of the actions of few. How do you think they feel about us, i truly dont blame them for calling us racist when you can be writing a report and run across this trash. You wanna know the difference between the KKK and BPP… THE KKK IS VERY MUCH STILL AROUND!

Johnsullivan on April 16, 2016 at 8:07 pm

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