The Black Panthers Party: Was The Black Panther Party

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“People struggling for self-determination are a phenomenon of the twentieth century. These struggles are frequently understood and supported by the people of goodwill in the United States—when the struggles take place in South Africa, El Salvador, the Philippines, and Palestinian refugee camps.” (Shakur, 1987)
The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense political party was a tactical group and a revolutionary Black Nationalist/socialist organization active in the United States from 1966 until 1982, with its only international chapter operating in Algeria from 1969 until 1972. Many people perceived the Black Panther Party (BPP) as a radical gun toting group that only tormented the Caucasian race. So the question I propose is, “Was the Black Panther
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Their goal was to prevent the government and other units in power from controlling and eradicating the African-American community through police brutality and counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO). COINTELPRO is counter intelligence program that conducted illegal acts or projects that the FBI committed to surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, disrupting the BPP or the black community all together. “The purpose of this new counterintelligence endeavor is to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize the activities of black nationalist, hate type organization and groupings, their leadership, spokesmen, membership, and supporters, and counter their propensity for violence and civil disorder.” ((FBI),…show more content…
In 1982, the party came to an official end. Despite its relatively short history, its modest membership, and its general eschewing of electoral politics, the Black Panther Party was arguably the best known and most controversial of the black militant political organizations of the 1960s, with a legacy that continues to this day.

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Shakur, A. (1987). Assata: An Autobiography. Westport, Connecticul: Lawrence Hill & Company Publishing
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