Thursday, May 17, 2007

Portrait of a Black Panther

I'm currently studying the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, which I found has a new chapter, and came across this video. I thought I'd share it with all of you.



Brief biography on Huey P. Newton, Minister of Defense

7 Comments:

At May 17, 2007 2:09 PM, Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Good. I hope they rise up strong and ready.

 
At May 17, 2007 2:58 PM, Blogger azgoddess said...

nice video i've seen the full length version of his 'talk' -- thanks for sharing...and i'm originally from chi-town...black panthers rock!

 
At May 18, 2007 9:21 AM, Blogger beachblogger said...

dear PT,

tony blair talked about a war of ideas.

what is the 'idea' we are fighting for? freedom? how do you force 'freedom' on a nation? how do you teach tolerance by being intolerant? what is the greatest threat to the status quo? free breakfast!

peace, peter

 
At May 18, 2007 9:48 AM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

You're right, Peter. Free breakfast has always troubled this nation. As soon as the terrorists start handing out free breakfasts to children, our "War on Terror" will be lost forever.

 
At May 19, 2007 7:36 PM, Blogger dada said...

Almost two years ago while I was stopped at a red light, Huey Newton scared the shit outta me when he suddenly appeared in the passenger's seat beside me. He wasn't wearing his seat belt. In place of it was a broad leather belt across his chest holding shot gun cartridges. He reminded me a lot of Pancho Villa.

Smiling, he turned to me and spoke.

"There's a huge majority of you rapidly becoming the new minority of this country," Huey said, extending a pack of Marlboros in my direction.

That sounded a little strange to me, but I thought about it til the car behind me honked, signaling the light change.

"For Christ's sake, hide that shotgun! You wanna get us both busted!" I pleaded.

Emptiness once more overtook me as I glanced over at his fading smile--and shotgun. I'd have to do the shopping alone sans armed escort.

It was somewhere in front of the butcherless Wal-Mart meat counter before I got to the beef of what Huey had said. No longer just a racial struggle of thug booted cops in black and brown neighborhoods, it's now blacks, browns, Muslims, uninsured, under-insured, poor whites, the middle class, teachers, the sick, atheists, unions, soldiers, retirees, veterans, young folk, immigrants and aliens, librarians, soldier's families, United Airline employees, Wal-Mart butchers (whoops, forgot, they're "extinct" for organizing) etc., etc. under assault. (My apologies to anyone left out--it wasn't an all inclusive list).

 
At May 20, 2007 12:53 AM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

Dada,
I actually had to put the book down and just let the thought sink in; the thought of these bad-asses going to the Capitol in Sacramento with shotguns in hand and demanding that they be heard.

 
At May 20, 2007 12:13 PM, Blogger dada said...

PT: When a student back in the late 60's at CSUH, now CSUEB, Bobby Seale was invited by our "American Dream" class to speak. This was before he and the Panthers went to Sacramento, an event I suspect put J.Edgar in diapers at the end of his life.

But recently I saw Seale--perhaps you saw it too--relating how that incident at the capitol unfolded. Apparently, as they entered, they used the wrong doors and were marching in on the main floor of the assembly and Bobby Seale, realizing their mistake, was madly urging the Panthers to retreat, "Retreat!" back out those doors, lest the guards and Panthers shot it out.

They were some wild, brave muthers, but at least they weren't THAT crazy!

 

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