Black Panther Party

Why Self-Defense Must be Put Back into the Movement Equation

by Danny Haiphong

All peoples have the inherent right to self-defense against the violence of their oppressors. “From the first African slave rebellion in the colonies to the formation of the Black Panther Party, self-defense has been an essential component of the struggle for self-determination.” The Panthers represented a threat to the U.S. state because they exposed the violence that is built into the capitalist system.

“Vanguard of the Revolution” is Liberal History, Strips and Omits Socialism from History of the Black Panther Party

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Stanley Nelson's documentary on the BPP is "history" by and for lazy American liberals. He turns the BPP into a pop culture icon a T-shirt. Nelson mentions guns hundreds of times, big naturals and swagger a few dozen times but not the word “socialism” once in 2 hours. The BPP described its Breakfast For Children and Free Medical Clinics every day as "socialism" in person and in our newspaper, to each other and to the neighborhoods we served.

In Defense of the Panthers: Why the Film "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" Should be Put Down, and the Book "Black Against Empire" Picked Up

by Danny Haiphong

The author endorses former Panther leader Elaine Brown’s critique of the movie, However, Blacks Against Empire, the acclaimed book on the Party, meets his approval as “actual historical analysis that is useful for those seeking lessons from the lived struggle of the Panthers.”

Restorative Justice for Albert Woodfox and the Black Panther Party – An Interview with Prof. Angela A. Allen-Bell

by Angola 3 News

The release of Albert Woodfox, the last of the Angola Three still in prison, has been delayed by the State of the Louisiana and a compliant federal court. Woodfax, the Black Panthers, and the whole nation needs “collective healing from a number of social traumas, such as lynchings, racist medical, educational and criminal justice practices, and all of the vestiges of slavery.”

Imperialism's Policy of Mass Murder and the Black Panther Party's Analysis of Survival

by Danny Haiphong

The Black Panther Party was concerned with community development and sustenance as well as self-defense – a legacy that should be explored by today’s activists. “Community programs, independent of the non-profit industrial complex and armed with political education, must be a critical component of the left's strategy toward the ultimate goal of a new political economy.”

Medical Self Defense And The Black Panther Party

by Angola 3 News

The U.S. State demonized the Black Panther Party as thugs bent on killing police, and even the narratives of Panther supporters tended to emphasize the Party’s paramilitary aspects. Yet the Panthers championed the people’s fundamental right to health care – a contribution explored in a new book. “The BPP exposed the misuse of power whether it was at the hands of police officers or physicians,” says the author. “So, it's also useful to think of the Panthers as being engaged in medical self-defense.”


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