Panthers and baby Panther
- Black Panther Party Chairman Bobby Seale, 1970
(thank you Bobby for acknowledging black women)
43 years ago to this day, Fred Hampton was shot down by the FBI…
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So I’ve been reading up on Bobby Seale’s book on his personal accounts from being a part of the Black Panthers and his dealings with Huey Newton.
And there’s this one section where’s it’s just straight recollections of what they had to deal with concerning the police, their treatment etc.
At some point they go to the Capitol (Bobby, Eldridge and some of the other Panthers) and they roll up with their guns, not loaded because that’s the law, and they walk straight into the Ambassadors area and make a statement simply by showing up. Startling the shit out of people.
They later get arrested for no reason later because statements such as that have consequences unfortunately.
But how inspiring is that? And the balls to do that are great, no doubt.
I keep saying that change is a desperate need for us and it is slow coming and slow going-things like that, statements make a movement great. Because other people are then forced to recognize you, they are forced to deal with you, and forced to maybe even be afraid of the change that is happening.
I heard some folks who worked at other food stands at my job talk about how they didn’t like the condition of African American culture and why these kids growing up are going to be screwed up and how/what we can do to change it. And they said people don’t want to change. We keep throwing that word around like a rag doll and nothing much happens…
Well we can.
Black Panther art
the panther brothers-
Seize the Time