myself & Yusef Bunchy Shakur, after a Youth Power Movement meeting.
i believe in it, despite my actual lack of knowledge.
you mean the genocide of Palestinians?
every day. thank you.
A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story | Elaine Brown
Elaine Brown started out in LA with the Black Congress, which was headed by Karenga. She first came into contact with the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense by means of Earl Anthony, in November 1968.
she became the Protege of Sandra Scott, and close with Ron Wilkins “Brother Crook”
Harry Truly (sociology professor) was trying to organize the Black Student Alliance in LA of all the Black Student Unions across the country
“I also came here to let you know that it is the position of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense that we are the vanguard of revolution in the United States. We are the vanguard party. And the vanguard party is declaring all-out-war on the pig. We are declaring war, and we are declaring that from this point forward, nobody will speak about Black Power or revolution unless he’s willing to follow the example of the vanguard, willing to pick up the gun, ready to die for the people.” — Bunchy Carter (page 124)
It seems that once the Black Panther Party came to LA, the time for talking was officially over and there was no room for it. Space was only cleared for action, and anything else was considered counterrevolutionary or reactionary.
Nonviolence died with Martin Luther King, Jr.
Before the end of April 1968, spurred by the assassination of MLK Jr and Bobby Hutton, Elaine Brown joined the Black Panther Party, and first met Ericka Huggins.
“Our job was to encourage the revolution that would bring true freedom to black people. The goal of the revolution was to overthrow the racist U.S. government and to institute socialism in the United States of America.” (page 135)
“As women our role was not very different from that of the men, except in certain particulars. Ericka told us point-blank that as women we might have to have sexual encounters with “the enemy” at night and slit his throat in the morning” (page 136)
“Our gender was but another weapon, another tool of the revolution. We also had the task of producing children, progeny of revolution who would carry the flame when we fell, knowing that generations after us would prevail.” (page 137)
Panther slogan: “The spirit of the People is greater than the Man’s technology.” (page 137)
“There were no part-time revolutionaries. We were full-time revolutionaries, full-time Panthers.” (page 138)
Bunchy Carter was adamant that the enemy is never black.
tore into the Panther members after one of them defaced a picture of Karenga, and he and the US organization surrounded his house threatening his life. (page 144)
Father Eugene Boyle at Sacred Heart Church in San Francisco was the first to open his doors to the free breakfast program (page 156)
LAPD got enough funding to create a Panther-specific unit called the “metro squad” — they tortured, beat, and pulled over Black Panther members for no reason at all. threatening and openly talking about killing them. (page 182-183)
after the anniversary of Bobby Hutton’s assassination (April 4, 1969), Elaine learned and realized the chauvinism going on with the North Californian chapter of the BPP. The LA Panther’s agreed that they were the real Panthers.
“Black men were our Brothers in the struggle for black liberation. We had no intention, however, of allowing Panther men to assign us an inferior role in our revolution.” (page 192)
The Clique — Joan, Ericka Huggins, Evon Carter, Gwen Goodloe, and Elaine Brown.
Eldridge Cleaver, when Elaine went to Moscow to see him, seemed to be disconnected from the reality happening in the US. He was sold on the fact that the Oakland BPP branch was turning into a reformist Party and he was questioning where the vanguard had gone.
when Elaine would not deliver the message to David Hilliard about Eldridge being the true leader of the vanguard and choosing Eldridge over the Central Committee, Eldridge threatens her life.
Huey P. Newton talking about the subjective nature of revolution, and how in order to adapt with the people, an objective stance must be taken to understand the objective reality of the People. The Party must adapt to the People, not the other way around. (pages 246-247)
then goes on to say that the march on Sacramento was not to protest a bill, but to organize; it was a call to the People, to join.
“The gun is not necessarily revolutionary… It’s the motivation behind the gun that determines the validity of its use.” — Huey P. Newton (page 248)
“As i see it, the next step in that process is to deemphasize the gun and emphasize the social programs, to widen the people’s horizon. If we stayed on the pigs and the gun, per se, not only would the party go down, the people’s spirit would be crushed as they watched, and they might remain blind to the forest for the trees. Not only that, they’d come dead on arrival at the door of revolution. It’s the people who ave to survive to the point of revolution.” — Huey P. Newton (page 248)
When Huey was released from prison, his title had been changed to “Supreme Commander” even though he did not want to be called that. (page 257)
David also pushed him to get the penthouse on the 25th level for security purposes. (page 258)
used to secure the last remaining leadership of the Party, Huey P. Newton, because of David Hilliard’s impending incarceration.
punishment in the Party was always an act of violence — Elaine receiving ten lashes for being an hour late with the paper, as the main editor. (page 275)
Pages 277-281 — Huey Outlines the ideas of reactionary intercommunalism and revolutionary intercommunalism
When Huey met Samora Machal, leader of FRELIMO, in Beijing, he solidified the need to elevate the Survival Programs to be alternative institutions that would attract many more of the People to the programs and their Party.
Huey and the Panthers began strong-arming the drug game and the after-hours spots in Oakland to take a percentage for the part, and the community. (page 332-333)
Elaine Brown was a huge power to be reckoned with in getting Lionel Wilson elected as the Democrat elected mayor of Oakland since WWII and the first Black mayor of Oakland ever. She became a gatekeeper to Oakland, one which large corporations had to speak with, in order to get the Grove-Shafter Freeway, which would connect Oakland to the middle-class white suburbs. This was also connected to the building of the Oakland City Center which would provide 10,000 jobs to Oakland Black people.
When Huey returned from exile from Cuba, to face murder charges, the machismo rifts once again surfaced. This was apparent with BigBob breaking many rules in the Party and being jailed out of prison with little discipline attached, while Regina Davis, who worked endlessly as the head of the Oakland Community School had been beaten by Huey’s men for a mere verbal indiscretion.
At the end of the day, it seems that the People had made a god out of a man (Huey). He did not want to be seen as such, but when he was, he did not utilize the influence he had to support the actual people—the women in his Party. He did not put his foot down to do what he always could have done. He did not take it upon himself to step up and recognize the countless hours, money, lives that are the Black Panther Party. All he wanted to be was Huey, not realizing the damage and harm he was causing by neglecting the people who actually believe in him.
Patriarchy and gender violence curtailed the upswing of the Black Panther Party, as Elaine Brown left..
just finished reading:
A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story | Elaine Brown
i love being naked, that shit is freeing..
books i just ordered:
The Fire and the Word: A History of the Zapatista Movement | Gloria Muñoz Ramírez
The Zapatista Reader | Tom Hayden
My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain | Aaron Dixon
Sisters in the Struggle: African-American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement | Bettye Collier-Thomas
Blood in My Eye | George L. Jackson
Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC | Faith S. Holsaert
The Bluest Eye | Toni Morrison
Amalgamation Schemes: Antiblackness and the Critique of Multiracialism | Jared Sexton
Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground, and Beyond | David Gilbert