Misogyny, violence and patriarchy in the Black Panthers organization.
Y’all are going to hate me, but Beyoncé’s glorification of the Black Panthers is antiBlack woman
Look, I love me some Black girl power and I love me some Beyoncé
however, my only problem with Beyoncé’s half time show that I didn’t
watch was her glorification of the Black Panthers.
Unlike those who won’t say the truth, I will. For all the Black
Panther’s good, like the breakfast programs, after school programs, self
defense and other things, the Black Panthers were extremely colorist
even though they claimed to hate White supremacy. They were extremely
misogynistic. Some even beat up women in the BP’s like Regina Davis. Ms.
Davis had the nerve to challenge a male colleague and Huey Newton,
their leader, supported Davis’ abusers. That’s not proBlack.
“She reports that she was finally goaded into action when Regina
Davis, who managed the Panthers’ highly praised school, ended up in the
hospital. “The Brothers” had beaten Davis up and broken her jaw because
she reprimanded a male colleague for not carrying out an assignment.
Brown writes that when she told Newton of her anger over the attack,
he refused to break solidarity with the men, challenging her to a debate
in the Central Committee.” Read more here.
You see the Black Panthers weren’t as progressive as many people
think. Just like in every Black civil rights movement, in the Panthers,
Black women did the work while Black men got the praise. If those
examples aren’t shocking enough, one of the leaders of the BPs was
Eldridge Cleaver. Cleaver was a serial rapist who bragged about raping
Black women and girls for practice.
From Cleaver himself:
“I became a rapist. To refine my technique and modus operandi, I started
out by practicing on black girls in the ghetto — in the black ghetto
where dark and vicious deeds appear not as aberrations or deviations
from the norm, but as part of the sufficiency of the Evil of the day —
and when I considered myself smooth enough, I crossed the tracks and
sought out white prey. I did this consciously, deliberately, willfully,
methodically — though looking back I see that I was in a frantic, wild
and completely abandoned frame of mind.
“Rape was an insurrectionary act. It delighted me that I was defying
and trampling upon the white man’s law, upon his system of values, and
that I was defiling his women — and this point, I believe, was the most
satisfying to me because I was very resentful over the historical fact
of how the white man has used the black woman. I felt I was getting
revenge.” – NYTimes.com
This was the Black Panthers you never heard about. This is the Black Panthers people ignore.
Black women who know this and still support this aren’t surprising.
Black women who still cheered on Beyoncé’s Black fist aren’t surprising.
Who can blame us? We’re hungry for any old positive image even if it is
a lie. And if it means watching and sacrificing our daughters bodies
for the Black man’s cause in the name of faux proBlack unity, history
shows we’ll celebrate it. For me Blackness does not mean praising an
antiBlack woman organization and loving your Blackness doesn’t mean
ignoring the truth. Loving Blackness means loving and protecting all
Blackness. That includes Black women.
I wasn’t going to post this because other Black women said it
already, but I felt like their voices were being drowned out and it
needed to be repeated. Before y’all even suggest it, this isn’t Beyoncé
hate. She’s a brilliant business woman who I admire. I know she meant
well and I love Black people, especially Black women loving ourselves.
I’m simply pointing out a historical fact. Even after that I told you
y’all was going to hate me. So be it. I still love y’all.