The Black Panther Party

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"The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense knew what they wanted. They were young. They were black. They couldn't be ignored. Their ten-point platform was just the beginning of an unforgettable period in the history of this nation's civil rights movement. By 1967 the Black Panthers had established themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Their ideas, their agenda, their fight for equality for African Americans, put these outspoken youth on the map of American politics." (Haskins) Almost 40 years ago, in 1966, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale led a revolution that was driven in response to the oppression of black people. They sought to change that. Today, thanks to their fight for civil rights, extreme risks, and development of social needs,…show more content…
Bobby Seale ran for Governor of Oakland, Ca. Police put him down in national newspapers to prevent him from getting votes.)
• Prevent the long-range growth of militant Black Nationalist organizations especially among youth. (Police files). (Police wanted to get to the source of where the new revolutions would begin by stopping youth from participating in the black movement.)
Another one of the FBI's main targets was Eldrigde Cleaver. While living in exile in Algiers, the FBI gradually sent a stream of misinformation to Cleaver stating the BPP was trying to throw him from power. The police goal was to tear the party apart from the inside. One leader was "written by" Huey Newton's personal secretary Connie Matthews: I know you have not been told what has been happening lately… Things around headquarters are dreadfully disorganized with the comrade commander not making proper decisions. The newspaper is in shambles. No one knows who is in charge. The foreign department gets no support. Brothers and sisters are accused of all sorts of things… I am disturbed because I, myself, do not know which way to turn…If only you were here to inject some strength into the movement, or to give some advice. One of two steps must be taken soon and both are drastic. We must either get rid of the supreme commander or get rid of disloyal members… Huey is really all we have right now and we can't let him down, regardless of how poorly

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