Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Black Panther (newspaper)

Presented here for historical and educational purposes. There is enough information out there on The Black Power Movement, but I would say that the justifiable anger that boiled over was, to understate the issue, unfocused. Anti-semitism was one of the ugliest manifestations. Many years ago I saw Melvin Van Peebles at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts showing of his Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song state that historically many Black neighborhoods had been Jewish and that the former residents had become slumlords. While explaining the facts that cause the anger it shows how strong emotions cloud judgment and tend to blame the actions of a few on an entire group.

Black Panther member sells The Black Panther, the Party’s newspaper, in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts, 1970

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