Today is a good day to remember that the black panther party always was a proponent for queer rights and queer activists today can repay that kindness by supporting groups such as black lives matter and by working to eliminate racism in our own communities.
April 12, 1968: Oakland high school students part of the Asian American Movement salute the casket of 16-year-old Bobby Hutton, a member of the Black Panthers killed by police two days after the assassination of Martin Luther King.
The Panthers used to ride around and follow the police.
So the cops would pull over some sorry black person, and get ready to rough him up, but then there were the Panthers right behind them. Watching, armed to the teeth, and citing legal statutes. It’s inspirational.
”This brother here, myself and all of us herewere born with our hair like this and we just wear it like this because it’s natural. The reason for it, you might say, is like a new awareness among black people that their own natural appearance, physical appearance, is beautiful and it’s pleasing to them.” -Kathleen Cleaver
“It is because they are an endangered minority that the Black Panthers have to affirm themselves so violently and declare war on their immediate enemy, the police. Their war cries frighten and exasperate the white racists who consider them black fascists, forgetting that they are much less dangerous than the police and much less fascists.”