Funny things, horses. Dirty, dangerous, greedy beasts, they get into your blood like a virus, and once you’ve got it, there’s no cure. We all moan about them; most of us try to leave the game at some time or another, but it’s hopeless. Within days you’re fretting for the sight and sound and smell of them.
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Gallier, S. 1988. One of the Lads: Racing on the Inside, London: Stanley Paul
“Oh, Étienne,” Stanley groans,” not another selfie.” It was still so strange to hear him use LeFou’s real name, but he liked the way it rolled off Stanley’s tongue far easier than the nickname he’s been stuck with since childhood.
“Shut it and smile.”
Or in which LeFou and Stanley’s daughter takes her first steps and LeFou takes another selfie.
Nearly 50 years ago, in 1966, a group of six black men in Oakland, Calif., came together in an effort to curb police brutality against African-Americans in the city. Because of a quirk in California law, the men were able to carry loaded weapons openly. The Black Panthers, as they became known, would follow the police around, jumping out of their cars with guns drawn if the police made a stop.
“They would observe the police and make sure that no brutality occurred,” filmmaker Stanley Nelson tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “What they were really doing was policing the police.”
Nelson, who chronicles the Panther movement in his new documentary, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, says the group was a response to what some saw as the limitations of the non-violent civil rights movement.
“When the Panthers came into being, there were a number of people, especially young people, who kind of felt that the civil rights movement of Martin Luther King … had run its course,” Nelson says. “It had gotten what it could get, and something else was needed; new tactics were needed.”
Photo: Members of the Black Panthers line up at a rally at DeFremery Park in Oakland, Calif. Courtesy of Stephen Shames and Firelight Media
Real talk, who would win in Mario Kart, you or Stanley?
“Me. Always. We’ve never played before, but I’m certain that racing games would not be Stanley’s forte. I think he would like rhythm games though, and games with lots of quicktime events. He’s had a lot of practice with pushing buttons, you know.”
Wednesday: We talk with director Stanley Nelson about his new documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, which chronicles the rise of the party in the 1960s, and includes interviews with former party members, police officers who fought them, and an FBI agents who infiltrated the group.