Discussion in 'Politics and the Topics of the day' started by thoughtone, Apr 25, 2015.
"Justice is incidental to law and order." J Edgar Hoover.
The Origins of the Black Panther Party: History, Facts, Goals, Platform (2006)
"Vanguard of the Revolution": New Film Chronicles
Rise of Black Panthers & FBI's War Against Them
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This Black Panthers documentary was good but not excellent. It is definitely worth watching for all persons Black, white or others who have a very limited understanding of who & what the ‘Black Panthers’ were about.
Why was the documentary not excellent?? It was not excellent because it failed to show how America’s political leadership beginning with the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and the end of “Reconstruction” have always been fanatically committed to the destruction of any Black mass movement devoted to unifying Black people in America.
It didn’t matter if it was a group of ‘non-threatening’ pacifist Black religious leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King’s (SCLC) or the Black Panthers;— the U.S. government designated ALL Black ‘movement’ groups for total annihilation — the film left out the reality of 140 years of post civil war U.S. government sanctioned violence and death against ANY Black person or groups who ‘dared’ challenge white supremacy.
It was the FBI in the 1920’s led by J. Edgar Hoover who targeted Marcus Garvey, then the leader of the largest Black “movement” ever for total destruction.
It was the same J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI 40 years later who coordinated the United States nationwide murder and obliteration of the “Black Panthers”.
Hoover’s FBI targeted Black actor, singer and anti American apartheid activist Paul Robeson for destruction; they took away his U.S. passport and threatened anyone who would employ Robeson. Hoover’s FBI targeted any and ALL Black persons who attempted to provide leadership against America’s all-encompassing, stifling, debilitating white supremacy structure. Among the prominent Black people that Hoover’s FBI targeted for public character assassination and destruction were W. E. B. Du Bois, A. Philip Randolph, Lena Horne, Elijah Muhammed, Adam Clayton Powell, Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker, Harry Belafonte.
White Supremacy was the “religion” white Americans of all political stripes, Democrat or Republican were imbued with when they sanctioned the FBI and other federal, state, and local agencies to crush any organized resistance of Black Americans attempting to become first-class Americans in the country that their labor and blood built all-the-way since 1619.
Today we see the FBI under its current director James Comey disparaging and belittling the “Black Live Matter” movement; blaming the “movement” and the use of smart-phone digital video, capturing law enforcement maiming & killing Black people as an impediment to police.
“Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.”
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Last Of 'Angola Three' Inmates Released
Albert Woodfox, the last of three inmates whose confinement drew worldwide condemnation, is freed after more than four decades.
The last of the "Angola Three" inmates, who was held in solitary confinement for more than 40 years, has been released from prison.
Albert Woodfox was freed on Friday after pleading no contest to manslaughter and a lesser offence in the 1972 death of a prison guard.
The 69-year-old was the last of three black inmates whose lengthy stays in solitary confinement at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola drew international condemnation.
Albert Woodfox speaks with the media after being released from prison
The prison farm is commonly known as the Angola prison and is Louisiana's only maximum-security prison.
Woodfox was serving time at the facility for armed robbery and assault.
The Angola prison is Louisiana's only maximum-security facility
He was placed in solitary confinement in 1972 after he and fellow inmate Herman Wallace were charged over the death of prison guard Brent Miller.
Woodfox and Wallace - both members of the Black Panther Party - claimed they were singled out because of their political activism.
Woodfox, who maintained his innocence in the guard's killing, was tried and convicted twice over the death, but both verdicts were later quashed.
A judge ordered his release in June 2015, but the ruling was blocked on appeal.
Woodfox was awaiting a third trial in the guard's killing when he was released on Friday.
Wallace died in 2014 just days after a judge freed him and granted him a new trial.
The third inmate, Robert King, was released in 2001 after his conviction in the death of a fellow inmate in 1973 was overturned.
How the Black Panthers Revolutionized U.S. Healthcare
Guns, berets, and leather jackets are what we typically associate with the Black Panther Party. But did you know the Panthers were instrumental in bringing healthcare to the communities they served?