Elaine Brown, Former Leader, Black Panther Party (The Summer of Love: How Hippies Changed the World)
I wanted to be white. Like so many black people do, but they’re not prepared to make that confession.”
Regarding the above quote, I wasn’t sure if she meant just African Americans or if she had travelled all over the world and met many black people, and had projected her views onto them. I can only speak for myself and say I have never wanted to be white.
Get this book y'all! The FBI WAR on Tupac Shakur and Black Leaders. It details how our freedom loving United States government targeted an attacked leaders and activists such as Bob Marley, Fred Hampton, Assata Shakur, Afeni Shakur, Jimi Hendrix, Huey P Newton and many many more who were subject to COINTELPRO and cointelpro style tactics of repression and neutralization. There’s a documentary tied in with the book as well that I have posted up on several occasions.
With sunrise more than an hour away, eight police officers from the Cook County state’s attorney’s office crept to the front of a tattered two-flat on Chicago’s West Side. Another six officers were at the back door. Inside, nine people slept in the first-floor apartment, where 19 guns and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition were stored. This apartment, at 2337 W. Monroe St., was a stronghold of the Illinois Black Panther Party, a branch of a national group known for revolutionary politics.
About 4:45 a.m., Sgt. Daniel Groth knocked on the front door. When there was no answer, he knocked with his gun. The next seven minutes of gunfire became one of the most hotly disputed incidents of the turbulent 1960s. After the shooting stopped, Illinois Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, 21, and a party leader from Peoria, Mark Clark, 22, were dead.
The Chicago police department and the FBI murdered Fred Hampton.
The New Black Panther Party leader Quanell X and conservative contributor Angela Box discussed the viral altercation between a South Carolina cop and a female african american high school student on FOX Faceoff. When Box suggested that the “Black Lives Matter” movement and “black culture” was responsible for the officer man-handling the teenage student Quanell responded with this brilliant answer.
-This was a WIP and accidentally got posted, hence a couple of small edits -
“ Hey! What’s this?” Deacon walked up to Sole holding up their cosplay costume. Damn, that thing survived the nuclear blast and raiders? Unbelievable. “It’s a cosplay costume” “ A what?” “ Well people would get together and dress up as their favourite comic book heroes for example. “ You mean there was basically some sort of community that had people who were good at disguises in one place?“ “Ehm… well disg-” “WE’RE DOING THAT!”
Hancock had an argument with Deacon over who’d get to be deadpool. Hancock almost won because his face resembled the mutilated one of Wade Wilson the most. Deacon spent a day in character before Hancock handed it to him… after all Deacon threatened to keep it up otherwise.
This meant Hancock had to go look for another idea. He eventually went with Watchmen’s Rorschach. A vigilante with his own sense of right and wrong. Given, he didn’t agree with all the character did or said but that’s appearantly the point of cosplay too; being someone else for a lil’ while.
Preston: black panther Preston was adviced by Sole to opt for Captain America. A national hero, altruistic and strong. Who saves those who cannot save themselves and doesn’t distinguish between race or creed to save them. He agreed at first but then read about black panther. Also a strong leader with the same strong morals and he kinda liked seeing a black superhero in a powerful position.
Sturges: Iron Man
As technically Savvy as Iron Man he liked the idea of someone building his own empire based on it. He recreated the fusion core and managed to make a relatively realistic cosplay. As far as staying in character went; he was capable of geting the philantropist part down, sure, but playboy came a little bit more difficult to him. Regardless he tried to flirt with many others and actually… got better at it? Hm…
Aiming. Sniper’s got respect for this dude. Besides an assassin with a heart gave him hope that he could one day make up for all the time he spent with criminals, helping them instead of those he should’ve helped.
Cait: Harley Quinn
Same fighting drive, wit, a little unpredictable and… just cause why not, luv? Also want, take, have was way more of a villain lifestyle anyway. Plus, a bat wasn’t such a bad weapon,and she was clearly comfortable with her body too. Her kinda girl. She blatantly refused to call anyone ‘puddin’ though.
Nick: Phil Coulson
Style, leadership, idealistic: perfect match. The suit and sense of sarcasm were a plus point to him; no weird costumes and easy to get into character. He figured he’d be great friends with this man were he real. He stays in character but uses everyone’s real name. Figures Coulson also knows the men behind the masks.
Femme fatale in charge of her own destiny, who gets under everyone’s skin? Check. Ok, the catsuit was something she had her doubts about but it helped her get in character. She remarked that some people would start telling her more stories if she was dressed up like this all the time. Her original choice was Lois Lane but she passed because of the lack of an actual proper costume.
Curie: Poison Ivy
Curie chose poison ivy because she too studied nature and biology. She could only dream of one day knowing as much about which plants in the current world were toxic and which could heal. She wasn’t entirely in character though; Curie really missed her vicious side.
Danse had issues getting into the whole cosplay thing. Until Sole brought up Halo. Danse modified some old power armor and asked Sole more of the story line. A defender of mankind, using technology to defend and protect their own. No matter match possible!
Glory liked her style but also liked the idea that she too was considered less for something she had no control over. Storm was shunned by some because of her mutant abilities, but she drew strength from them. From nature. Glory considers herself human, as much as a child of nature as any other person even if she came to this world in a different manner than humans. Plus: Storm’s a badass, a literal force of nature. What’s not to like?
Strong: The Hulk
This was all Sole’s idea. Strong had no idea who the Hulk was supposed to be but Sole convinced him that he pretty much was the Hulk anyway when she handed him shredded dark blue/purple pants. And told him they would make it easier to find the milk of human kindness.
Today in history: February 18, 1970 – Seven defendants in the Chicago Seven case (originally the Chicago Eight, or Conspiracy Seven/Eight) were found not guilty of conspiracy after an outrageous politically-charged trial that was often a circus-like atmosphere and included incidents of crude racism by the court.
Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, and Lee Weiner were charged with conspiracy, inciting to riot, and other charges related to the historic protests in Chicago outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Footage of the Chicago police brutally beating protesters outside the convention was broadcast live around the world, causing deep embarrassment for the establishment.
Black Panther Party leader Bobby Seale, the eighth man charged, was treated even more outrageously than the others by the court, including being bound and gagged in the courtroom. While originally part of the conspiracy trial, the judge severed his case from the others’ during the proceedings, which is why they’re alternately referred to as seven or eight.
Following the DNC on September 9, 1968 a Federal grand jury was empaneled to consider criminal charges. Over the course of more than six months the grand jury met 30 times and heard some 200 witnesses. The eight defendants were charged under the anti-riot provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. During the trial Judge Hoffman cited all the defendants—-plus their lawyers Kunstler and Weinglass—-for numerous contempts of court and imposed sentences ranging from 2½ months to four years.
(image: poster supporting the Conspiracy Eight)
Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)
This is important. PLEASE WATCH & SHARE THIS. This is an interview we conducted with Baltimore Black Panther and community leader Reverend Annie Chambers about the murder of her grandchildren by the police, and the long history of violence against Black people in Baltimore.
This interview was conducted back in 2012. I blame myself for the video cutting out after 47 minutes. The camera died and I didn’t have replacement batteries. Someone in the Baltimore area should reach out and follow up with Reverend Chambers if possible.
What we’re seeing in Baltimore today is the culmination of yearsdecades centuries of continuous violence and oppression against Black people at the hands of police and White supremacy.
At the center of the geopolitical anti-colonialism metaphor of Wakandan independence rests a bold SF explanation and expression of blackness embodied by Black Panther and his Wakandan homeland. The Black Panther comic (re)imagined fixed concepts of black identity and history by having an African nation written as the source of technological wonders far advanced in comparison to any other Western nation. Steeped in mysterious African lore yet cloaked in the signature features of modernism, science and progress, The Black Panther stood out as completely different from previous attempts to represent Black Africans.
Yet the super-science that is a signature feature of Wakanda is also fused with the supernatural. The Black Panther as leader of the Panther Clan is granted the tribute of ingesting a special herb that enhances his sense and physical abilities along with linking him to their Panther god. In this sense, Black Panther embodies a syncretic impulse, and although syncretism has been a cultural calling card for black folk in America (where various cultural traditions and historical experiences are combined to express a unique form of black cultural expression and way of performing black racial identity), Black Panther expresses this impulse as the convergence of African tradition with advanced science and technology. In doing so, Black Panther presents a politically provocative and wildly imaginative representation of blackness with a science fiction flare.
As a result, the Black Panther character and comic book series is made more significant and compelling as one of the most mainstream, yet radical (re)imaginations and representations of blackness. Both the character and the comic book work as a grand vision of Afrofuturist blackness where black folk are no longer overdetermined by racism and colonialism.
- pg 12 Introduction: The Black Imagination and the Genres: Science Fiction, Futurism and the Speculative by Sandra Jackson and Julie Moody-Freeman.