black panther party of self defense

Assata Shakur once said: if ever there was a decision between armed struggle and social programs (like free grocery programs, free health and education programs, free communal/local crime prevention programs etc), a revolutionary movement should always choose the social program approach.

Social programs represent an experimental view of the world we all strive for whereas an armed insurrection in the immediate present wouldn’t.

This isn’t to say that violence is completely barred – especially in terms of action and self defense against fascists, criminals, injustice, oppression, etc – in the mean time; only that a revolutionary movement shouldn’t put all of its efforts being armed to the teeth, ready to mobilize, and start destroying the state and capitalism at the drop of a hat when they can spend their time investing in social projects for the people’s immediate benefit while spreading ideals, goals, and principles for now and the future.

Armed struggle is an inescapable consequence for any revolutionary movement, however the result would be always be failure if the people don’t know what they’re fighting for and if they solely rely on the well-read militants for deciding what’s right and wrong.

A small movement that can’t defend itself but can understand itself is a seed that can grow; but a movement that can defend itself with no self understanding is a hollow shell.


Happy Blackout!!! The top photo is in honor of the  50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party of Self Defense. The last picture was taken at the opening of the African American of History and Culture’s opening where Public Enemy, Living Colour, and The Roots performed. (Jacket by Reformed School). (Photo creds in order : @jamesjuly@36chambersof-oldirtybae, Paul Holston) (also I wear the jacket more for historical relevance than for gender)


Yesterday, October 15th 2016, was the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. 

Established in Oakland, California by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, the BPP was a Marxist Black liberation organization. They fought against the overt violence of racist cops and the covert brutality of poverty, hunger, and degradation. They established survival programs to do the work the government wouldn’t, worked to oppose American imperialism abroad, published a newspaper, and agitated for their Ten Point Plan which ended “We want land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace!”

The FBI targeted the Panthers under the COINTELPRO program, subjecting them to surveillance, infiltration, perjury, harassment, smear campaigns, and assassinations. Despite fighting valiantly, the party was dissolved in 1982. 

From left to right: a BPP poster, Bobby Hutton (the first recruit, murdered at 16 by police), Elaine Brown (Party Chair from 1974-1977), Kathleen Cleaver (Party Communications Secretary), Bobby Seale and Huey Newton, and a gathering of the Free Breakfast Program. 

By surrendering my life to the Revolution, I found eternal life.
—  Dr. Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. Rest in power, comrade.
to every liberal who wants to sanitize the black panther party and make them seem like harmless liberal pacifists
  1. They were opposed to the United States government.
  2. They supported violent self-defense against police and eventual armed revolution.
  3. This is a good thing.

Teacher: can you answer the problem? - Me: did you know that the black panther party was established October of 1966 and that while most people refer to it as “the black KKK” they were actually relatively peaceful. They only used weapons for self defense. And they stood and still stand for the advancement of women and black people and the equal treatment of all people? - Teacher: … - Me: oh and the answer to your question is 3/12 - Since my school refuses to give us black history facts imma fucking do it. ✊

Originally posted by sxn80

‘All Power to the People’: graphic designed by designed by Joaquín Junco Jr.

Huey P. Newton of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (L), Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake (Chief Sitting Bull) of the Hunkpapa Lakota © and Emiliano Zapata ®. 

Via East LA Brown Berets

  1. In October of 1966, in Oakland California, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The Panthers practiced militant self-defense of minority communities against the U.S. government, and fought to establish revolutionary socialism through mass organizing and community based programs. Federal Bureau of Investigation Director J. Edgar Hoover called the party “the greatest threat to the internal security of the country”, and he supervised an extensive program of surveillance, infiltration, perjury, police harassment, and many other tactics designed to undermine Panther leadership, incriminate party members, discredit and criminalize the Party, and drain the organization of resources and manpower. The program was also accused of using assassination against Black Panther members. The history of the Black Panther Party is controversial. Scholars have characterized the Black Panther Party as the most influential black movement organization of the late 1960s, and “the strongest link between the domestic Black Liberation Struggle and global opponents of American imperialism.
  2. The New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (NBPP) is a U.S.-based black political organization founded in Dallas, Texas, in 1989. Despite its name, NBPP is not an official successor of the Black Panther Party.

For many years, Blacks have done many things to better their communities and to stand against American Injustice. Though the New Party is not an official continuance of the Black Panther Party, our people constantly prove that you can’t strip us of our ideas, our power and our drive. The Black Panthers though controversial, inspired a pride that the Black community still carries. They may have been disband, but never disregarded. Power to the People, Then, Now and Forever.

Because you’ll get on here and try to debate people who criticize those who like to play ‘dress like a Black revolutionary’ knowing damned well that ain’t a battle you’re equipped to win.

At least learn ONE thing (#7 is easy) about the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense and why they existed, other than how cool they looked.