The Impact Of ' The Black Panther Party '

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Nick Smith J. Buergel Civil Rights 5/11/16 The impact of “The 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 stance, frequently seen campaigning armed and proudly wielding weapons. Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, the founders of the Black Panthers, believed that the peaceful and non-violent campaign of Martin Luther King had failed, and had very little faith in the implementation of the “traditional” civil rights movement. Newton casually addresses his violent conducts, stating, “And people say, well Huey you 're so violent. Why are you so violent Huey? …And I say, well hey, existence is violent; I exist, therefore I am violent in that way”(PBS). Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale established the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in Oakland California, during October of 1966.

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