I have informed fellow citizens of political parties, their platforms, their background, and this article will be about the New Black Panther Party whose platform, planks and racism hasn’t changed much from the ‘old’ Black Panther organization, as well as a plea to stop racism and instead promote unity through education and effort in the memory of a man who believed in unifed brotherhood.
First some background which takes us back into time …
January 18th is a Rev. Martin Luther King Day, a day set aside by the government to commemorate the life of the reformer by peaceful means, a major force in the civil rights movement of African Americans, and an ordained Christian minister. Martin Luther King was the hero of the civil rights movement whose results we see today, not because of his race or his skin pigmentation, but because of his message of peace between citizens of the United States.
But not all movements were peaceful.
Terms began to surface like Black Power and organizations like the Black Panthers soon became noticed and infamous. It was the turbulent 1960s.
The Black Power movement actually began in the 1950s, but wasn’t publicly known much until the 1960s. It was more of a statement or icon rather than a real movement, but it led to organizations like the Black Panthers. While Martin Luther King and groups like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) worked towards desegregation and equality in an effort of Negro and Caucasians working together to reduce and hopefully end racial discrimination and stereotyping. The SCLC was headed by Rev. M.L. King Jr., and made an impression on many of all racial-ethnic backgrounds in his insistence of a nonviolent change in the way Americans viewed each other. His famous I Have a Dream speech is partly transcripted here:
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone. … Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. … I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. … I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. … This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.” … And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last
Reverend King never lived to see that dream fulfilled, where African Americans became part of the workings of government, holding public office, speaking for constitutionalism, a growing population of middle-class Americans, lawyers, successful businessmen, professors, economists, scientists, diplomats, and candidates for the office of the President of the United States, like Alan Keyes.
Rev. King never lived to see intellectual journalists and economists writing and speaking words of truth, warnings of what is happening within our government, hailing the roots of our freedom and liberties that he so eloquently mentioned in his famous Washington, DC speech. He talked of peace and he talked of brotherhood – not the Brothers of the Hood, but a trodden ethnic people who refused to be second-class citizens any longer. Reverend King knew that education was the key to success in all a person does in life, and knowledge was the key to fight against ignorance and bias. True equality could not be reached by creating an ideology that promoted inequality, like Black Power and those African Americans who did not want equality but segregated with their own rules and their participation in society be reflected upon the skin rather than their character or their qualifications to pursue their choice of education and occupation. Social parasites of corruption like Jesse Jackson (and son), Barack H. Obama, and Al Sharpton, who had forgotten their claimed mentor’s words and ideologies described in his historic speech that relayed to all his dream, a dream that all could share and realize.
Blind hatred or revenge for wrongs against his ethnic people was not part of Martin Luther King’s ideology, he knew that many out of the population never experienced slavery or knew anyone who did, but there was still bias and bigotry which could only be turned to unification of all people of the United States through peaceful discussion, fellowship and understanding of each other. Unification, not diversity and multiculturalism was his message. Unification that made America strong and detered the threat of tyranny and foreign influences against the icon nation of freedom and liberty is what should be.
But some did not want to listen to Reverend King’s message. Some wanted revenge against a populace who never owned slaves or knew anybody that did. Instead of peaceful methods they wanted a physical revolution. Their agenda had no room for equality, but an agenda based on the ideology of the concept that they were owed something by people who didn’t participate in bigotry and racial hatred. They were doing what had been done to them, stereotyping and exalting their race above others, despite not being the only ethnic group in America who had suffered transgressions in the history of the United States.
Thus in this atmosphere, especially after the tragic death of Reverend M.L. King, Jr., felled by an assassins bullet, the story begins for the Black Movement – a movement not for equality, but a retribution for all the suffering since the first slave was brought to America before it had become a sovereign nation. Retribution against a people who had no part in such racial activities and institutions.
Malcolm X, who sometimes seems more of a hero to the African American than MLK and the Nation of Islam were part of the Black Power movement.
It was Stokely Carmichael, head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) who increased the popularity of the Black Power term in 1966. Carmichael transformed the SNCC into an activist organization that began as multiracial, but turned into an all-black organization. Two members joined in 1966, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale and the organization was transformed into the Black Panther Party for Self Defense (BPP), initially to keep an eye on police racial violence. By the late 1960s, the Black Power movement had left a dark stain of violence upon the American society.
In the late 1990s, the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense was formed, derived from the original radical black nationalist group whose power ended in the 1970s. The former leader or founder was Khallid Muhammed died in 2001 and was replaced by Malik Zulu Shabazz, an attorney in Washington, DC. Despite Shubazz being an educated lawyer, the organization still has the agenda to inflame bigotry with black empowerment diatribe and continued civil rights demonstrations despite the fact that the civil rights laws of the nation has been in place since the 1960s. As the original organization, the militant black nationalist concept remains with Marxism as their political platform.
In 1990, the Black Panther Militia regained its strength, enlisting street gangs into the militia and providing them with weapons training. Their ideology is much like the militia organizations, like Aryan Nation, whose agenda is racial supremacy – only on the opposite side of the racial fence. Michael McGee is the prime figure in this racial militia, formerly a Milwaukee alderman, forming the initial militia there and another chapter in 1992 in Indianopolis. There is also a group in Dallas, inspired by McGee, and led by Aaron Michaels who would become the founding chapter of the NBPP. The Anti-Defamation League site provides more detail in the Black and White Power movements.
The Nation of Islam, affiliated with all of this, is also part of what Erica at Jefferson’s Rebels discusses about the underground movements of Islamic Fascists and concern about our government keeping a watchful eye on the wrong organizations, and not the ones who represent a threat to subversive activities and the growth of racism instead of the repression of racism.
So, on the day commemorating Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., should not his dream of peaceful coexistence and strength through unity be posted everywhere to remind bigots that the road to peace between peoples is not the sword, but the pen and mutual understanding and respect.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character
Am I, a Caucasian, not being judged by my character but the pigmentation of my skin? Or because the 44th President of the United States is a Negro I cannot speak out against his socialism and unconstitutional ideology?
Do the radicals not see the reason for success in life for anyone is not without effort, education, and true equality?
Do they not see that the African American role models should be Martin Luther King, Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, Thurgood Marshall, Walter E. Williams, Alan Keyes, Star Parker and Larry Elder; and not Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, and leadership of such organizations as the NBPP or street gang leadership?
Youth of America must realize that success can only be attained from education, attaining knowledge (which is the true power), and hard work – whether they live in urban areas or rural.
The flames of racism must be extinguished on both sides of the racial fence, for the reformation of our government from its state now back to a Jeffersonian republic can only be obtained by a united American society.
Don’t let the smooth talkers, the political parasites, and those who use racism as a means to blackmail be the ones who decide your future – let the wisdom from classic education, that which the Founders of this nation had the privilege to have, be our youth’s guide towards making the world better and returning our nation back to the principles and ideologies that made it great from the beginning.
Don’t fall prey to the Marxist scheme of divide and conquer – unity is the only way to equality and the preservation of the US Constitution and its Bill of Rights.
The only black and white we should refer to is the color of text and paper and the keys on a keyboard.