The Seattle branch of the Black Panther Party was one of the first chapters to be established outside of the original headquarters of California. Aaron Dixon, the founder of this branch, recounts his time as a panther in the book My People Are Rising. In this book, Dixon describes his experiences as having been a constant emotional roller coaster. One day everything would go according to plan, and the next the party would be under heavy attack. the Seattle Black Panther Party branch was one of the strongest, most well organized chapters within the party, and at one point in its existence, it was also one of the most dangerous chapters of the party, supporting Hoover’s statement of the Black Panthers being “the number one internal threat to the security of the United States.” However, the Seattle chapter was also the leader in the creation of many community programs that benefitted the people, contradicting the internal threat accusations.
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The chapter began using violence in order to increase their dominance when needed. However, Dixon says that opposite to what many believe or associate with the BPP, “The party did not openly advocate attacks on police. We were supposed to be organizing the masses, helping them to prepare for self-defense and eventually guerilla warfare, if it came to that”(125). In 1968, the Seattle BPP chapter really took off. “That summer, Time and Newsweek published charts of the ten cities with the highest rates of firebombing and snipping. We were proud that Seattle had ranked number one in firebombing and number two in sniping…The Panthers had put Seattle on the
The Black Panthers were an African American party that was willing to violently defend and speak up for
The Black Panthers organized free breakfast for children, health clinics and shoes for children. The Black Panthers were basically running a business with “5,000 full time party workers, organized in 45 chapters (branches) across America. At their peak, they sold 250,000 papers every week with opinion polls that 90% of African Americans supported them(The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense)”. These polls were taken in every major city wear most the racism was taking place. The group at one point was the “number one internal problem in America” according to the FBI (PBS).
Topic 2: Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is a documentary film which was written and directed by Stanley Nelson Jr. in 2015. This documentary reveals the facts about social and political impact of Black Panther Party. Black Panther Party was sort of political party which was founded in 1966 by two persons: Bobby Seale and Huey Newton (African-American political activists). In this documentary, Nelson has included the interviews of FBI agents and survived panthers. These interviews are revealing the facts about basic purpose of Black Panther Party (BPP), its cultural significance to American societies and its social and political impacts on life of all Americans especially African-Americans.
On May 2, 1967, Huey P. Newton, the minister of defense of the Black Panthers, said that “the time has come for black people to arm themselves against this terror before it is too late” (Document F). The group had changed to a violent point of view after they saw nothing was happening when they were
(Heath 247) The Black Panther Party for Self Defense was very clear about taking Williams’s theory of Negros with guns and putting it to use in any situation that warranted violent self-defense. The Deacons of Defense along with the Revolutionary Action Movement were also influenced by Williams’s stand for violent self-defense.
Some in the government felt threatened by the BPP. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was especially concerned about groups like the Panthers because of their aggressiveness and potential for violence. He introduced the then-secret COINTELPRO to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize the activities of black nationalist, hate-type organizations and groupings, their leadership, spokesmen, membership, and supporters, and to counter their propensity for violence or civil disorder.” COINTELPRO activities included wiretaps, raids, anonymous letters, media infiltration, even murder. The main target was the BPP.
It all became synonymous with Huey Newton and his 10-point program. However, on the other side of the argument, many may argue that many of the tactics implemented by Huey in the Black Panther party may seem more intimidating than anything. For example, it was pointed out that setting up groups of people with open concealed weapons outside police stations and in many parts of the community is an intimidation tactic that could bring more harm than good.
It had newspapers circulating, fostered a deep sense of pride and community, and served the people of their communities. Despite their progress, the Party faced extreme difficulties and complications. Two of the most detrimental and destructive forces acting against the Black Panther Party were the U.S. government and the FBI. As previously discussed, Huey Newton had thoroughly studied gun laws in order to be completely well versed on the subjected. He wanted to ensure that the Panthers were operating legally in terms of their open-carry tactics.
In contrary to peaceful protest and marches led by Martin Luther King there were other leaders who had more radical approaches to protest. Amongst these radical leaders are Malcolm X, Robert Williams, and the Black Panthers. The Black Panthers, a group created by in 1966, by Huey P Newton and Bobby Seale protected black communities patrolling areas with loaded firearms, monitoring police activities involving blacks. Since they were known for carrying loaded firearms FBI Director J Edgar Hoover considered the Black Panthers “the greatest threat to the internal security of the United States” (To Determine the Destiny of Our Black Community). The Black Panthers created the Ten-Point Program.
Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party as a civil rights revolutionary party in Oakland, California in 1966. Since the time of slavery until the 1960’s and even today, Black people’s rights have been ignored from the government and white individuals in power. In the media, the Black Panther Party was described as a group of dangerous militants determined to threaten the lives of white people. On the contrary, the Black Panther Party was infuriated by the government’s neglect of the black community, so the Party was determined to protect and preserve black communities because the government refused to. To do so, Newton and Seale were not afraid to utilize their Second Amendment rights to protect themselves and their community.
Malcolm X once said “Early in life [he] had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.” The Black Panther Party lived by this quote. The party rose from the foundations of Malcolm X. The party was much different from other civil rights movements. They went by direct confrontation.
In watching the documentary of the Black Panther Party (movement) and how they were form to better the communities around them. The Government officials, FBI in particular infuriated to destroy them in light to keep power among the weaker individuals of society. The individuals happen to be of color (Blacks, Latinos, and Asians). I did however admire how the documentary portrayed black culture at that time. Despite the things that were occurring between law enforcement and the Black Panther party, blackness was promoted and people were proud to be black.
The Black Panther Party was created by a group of aspiring college students in Oakland California circa 1969. Made with the intent of protesting racism and police brutality, the group arranged armed citizen marches, monitored the police, and provided basic necessities to the poorer, black communities. The group displayed both the beauty and the horror of fighting for equal rights in their violent protests and amazing artwork. Deanna- The party drew a lot of its principles from Malcolm X; Bobby Seale especially was very influenced by him.