The Black Panther Party Essay

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Black Panther Party “We knew, as a revolutionary vanguard, repression would be the reaction of our oppressors, but we recognized that the task of the revolutionist is difficult and his life is short. We were prepared then, as we are now, to give our all in the interest of oppressed people” (Baggins). Radical and provocative, the 60’s was an era of complete political and social upheaval. Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had banned the discrimination of people based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, the execution of this act were initially proven weak. Unlike other national organizations or campaigns against the U.S. government, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense remains the only organization to take a militant…show more content…
On April 25th, 1967, the first issue of The Black Panther, the group’s official newsletter, was circulated. Shortly after, in May 1967, in response to the state of California’s attempt to ban carrying loaded weapons in public, Bobby Seale led a group of thirty Panthers to the California Legislature completely armed. Although police respond by instantly arresting all armed Panthers, Newton surfaced as a leading figure in the black militant movement. This act of political oppression sparked the fire that soon spreads to minorities all across the United States, beginning the formation of new Panther chapters outside California. Soon after, this movement spreads to 25 cities across the country. In October 1967, Huey Newton was shot, arrested, and wrongfully charged with murder after a messy gun battle broke out in West Oakland, resulting in the death of young police officer John Frey. In response, Panther Eldridge Cleaver began the movement to “Free Huey”, and former chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Stokely Carmichael, becomes the party’s Prime Minister. Straightaway, Carmichael is inflexible against allowing whites to fight the Panther cause, explaining whites are unable to truly understand the black experience, explaining, “If we are to proceed toward true liberation, we must cut ourselves off from white people... [otherwise] we will find ourselves entwined in the tentacles of the white

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