Black Panthers Essay

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     In 1966, the national Black Panther party was created. Their platform and it’s ideals struck a chord with blacks across the country, especially in the inner cities of the north. The Panthers were able to organize and unite these blacks. This alarmed the federal government. They instituted many controversial, illegal programs of harassment, infiltration, and instigation which led to the deaths of many Panthers.      From their inception, the Black Panthers were treated with disdain and contempt. The Panthers wrote out a platform called “What We Want, What We Believe.” There ideas and methods appealed greatly to blacks. The past few years had seen the civil rights struggle…show more content…
From now on, when you murder a black person in this Babylon or Babylons, you may as well give it up because we will get your ass and God can’t hide you.”1 This gave the government cause for alarm, and they stepped up their “efforts” accordingly. The government went through great lengths to keep up the status quo. They began campaigns of disinformation against the Panthers in order to stop any support for the Panthers. The Panthers were continuously harassed by police. Panthers were followed and arrested on minor, sometimes fabricated charges. For Example, in Oakland California, the headquarters of the Panthers, police would randomly arrest any Panthers. In 1967, the FBI arrested 21 Black Panthers for “conspiring” to blow up department stores and botanical gardens in New York.2      Not only was it local law enforcement that tried to destroy the Panthers, but the FBI was very actively involved. The FBI had begun using their COINTELPRO program towards the Black Panthers in November 1968. They had many agents working to surveil, harass and infiltrate the group. One of the first major actions the FBI undertook was to create a violent confrontation between the Panthers and the US group. The FBI used different methods, such as sending satirical cartoons to members of the Panthers under the pretense they were from US. These cartoons served to further agitate the already volatile situation. An FBI
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