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    Black Panther 10 Point Program

    1. We want freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our black Community.
    We believe that black people will not be free until we are able to determine our destiny.

    2. We want full employment for our people.

    We believe that the federal government is responsible and obligated to give every man employment or a guaranteed income. We believe that if the white American businessmen will not give full employment, then the means of production should be taken from the businessmen and placed in the community so that the people of the community can organize and employ all of its people and give a high standard of living.

    3. We want an end to the robbery by the white man of our black Community.

    We believe that this racist government has robbed us and now we are demanding the overdue debt of forty acres and two mules. Forty acres and two mules was promised 100 years ago as restitution for slave labor and mass murder of black people. We will accept the payment as currency which will be distributed to our many communities. The Germans are now aiding the Jews in Israel for the genocide of the Jewish people. The Germans murdered six million Jews. The American racist has taken part in the slaughter of over 50 million black people; therefore, we feel that this is a modest demand that we make.

    4. We want decent housing, fit for shelter of human beings.

    We believe that if the white landlords will not give decent housing to our black community, then the housing and the land should be made into cooperatives so that our community, with government aid, can build and make decent housing for its people.

    5. We want education for our people that exposes the true nature of this decadent American society. We want education that teaches us our true history and our role in the present-day society.

    We believe in an educational system that will give to our people a knowledge of self. If a man does not have knowledge of himself and his position in society and the world, then he has little chance to relate to anything else.

    6. We want all black men to be exempt from military service.

    We believe that black people should not be forced to fight in the military service to defend a racist government that does not protect us. We will not fight and kill other people of color in the world who, like black people, are being victimized by the white racist government of America. We will protect ourselves from the force and violence of the racist police and the racist military, by whatever means necessary.

    7. We want an immediate end to POLICE BRUTALITY and MURDER of black people.

    We believe we can end police brutality in our black community by organizing black self-defense groups that are dedicated to defending our black community from racist police oppression and brutality. The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States gives a right to bear arms. We therefore believe that all black people should arm themselves for self defense.

    8. We want freedom for all black men held in federal, state, county and city prisons and jails.

    We believe that all black people should be released from the many jails and prisons because they have not received a fair and impartial trial.

    9. We want all black people when brought to trial to be tried in court by a jury of their peer group or people from their black communities, as defined by the Constitution of the United States.

    We believe that the courts should follow the United States Constitution so that black people will receive fair trials. The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives a man a right to be tried by his peer group. A peer is a person from a similar economic, social, religious, geographical, environmental, historical and racial background. To do this the court will be forced to select a jury from the black community from which the black defendant came. We have been, and are being tried by all-white juries that have no understanding of the "average reasoning man" of the black community.

    10. We want land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace. And as our major political objective, a United Nations-supervised plebiscite to be held throughout the black colony in which only black colonial subjects will be allowed to participate for the purpose of determining the will of black people as to their national destiny.

    When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly, all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariable the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
    Keep in mind, this was written in 1966.

    1. What do you mean control your destiny? You can't pick your own college major and take out loans?

    2. I agree, everybody should get full employment, if they meet the qualifications for the jobs they apply for.

    3. 6 million Jews over a course of 6 years, vs 50 million blacks over 400 years. They should've looked into those statistics a little more. But I agree, if Germany could ball up and help out the Jews, America could acknowledge slavery a little more.

    4. Why should we offer decent housing to only black citizens? What about the other minorities?

    5. Take a loan out and go to college.

    6. If you want equal rights, you'll be treated like an equal. And that means you'll be drafted if we have a draft.

    7. Fair enough.

    8. No. If you're in jail, you more than likely did something to be in jail. That goes with all groups.

    9. You want an all-black Jury? Again, if you want to be treated like an equal, then that means we're peers so therefor whites are members of your peers.

    10. More government assistance just on the basis of your skin color.


    The BPP were a violent group that claimed they wanted the world to move on from racism, yet they perpetually made it worse. Whereas there were many civil rights leaders who accomplished great things through nonviolent acts, this group was murderous. One of the founders, Huey P. Newton, shot an Oakland police officer at a traffic stop. He served 3 years in jail before being released on an appeal, and even boasted that he "killed a white pig." In 3 years they killed 9 police officers and injured 56.

    Why can't we all just get along?
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    got a link for this bullshit?

    are they the Black Panthers, or the racist Islamic-extremist NEW Black Panther Party?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar99 View Post
    got a link for this bullshit?

    are they the Black Panthers, or the racist Islamic-extremist NEW Black Panther Party?
    Black Panther Party - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The BPP doesn't acknowledge the New Black Panthers and swears they aren't affiliated with each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Decarow View Post
    Black Panther Party - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The BPP doesn't acknowledge the New Black Panthers and swears they aren't affiliated with each other.
    the Black Panther Party no longer exists, buddy.

    and the 10 point plan in the OP, is forty six years old!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar99 View Post
    the Black Panther Party no longer exists, buddy.

    and the 10 point plan in the OP, is forty six years old!!!!!
    I know. I'm bringing it up for discussion about whether this was a good representation of what the black community wanted from the civil rights

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    Quote Originally Posted by Decarow View Post
    I know. I'm bringing it up for discussion about whether this was a good representation of what the black community wanted from the civil rights
    It's from 1966, but your responses are straight out of 2012. In 1966, America was, more or less, mostly white with an increasingly vocal black minority coming out of Jim Crow. Some of your responses are extremely cavalier, given the context of the original statement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Decarow View Post
    Keep in mind, this was written in 1966.

    1. What do you mean control your destiny? You can't pick your own college major and take out loans?
    Not in 1966.


    2. I agree, everybody should get full employment, if they meet the qualifications for the jobs they apply for.
    In 1966, blacks were often refused applications.


    3. 6 million Jews over a course of 6 years, vs 50 million blacks over 400 years. They should've looked into those statistics a little more. But I agree, if Germany could ball up and help out the Jews, America could acknowledge slavery a little more.
    And you leave out 200 years of being legally designated less than human.

    4. Why should we offer decent housing to only black citizens? What about the other minorities?
    Fine. But this was written by blacks for blacks at time when they were pretty much the only large minority in the US (except maybe native Americans).


    5. Take a loan out and go to college.
    Banks discriminated in 1966 (still do, too).

    6. If you want equal rights, you'll be treated like an equal. And that means you'll be drafted if we have a draft.
    Look up how many blacks died in Vietnam.

    7. Fair enough.
    How white of you!


    8. No. If you're in jail, you more than likely did something to be in jail. That goes with all groups.
    Again, in 1966, you could whites had recently gone free for lynching a black teenager for whistling at a white woman.

    9. You want an all-black Jury? Again, if you want to be treated like an equal, then that means we're peers so therefor whites are members of your peers.
    You really are Mary Poppins sometimes, you know. In 1966, blacks and whites were NOT peers, especially in the south.

    10. More government assistance just on the basis of your skin color.
    Native Americans got land...at least.


    Why can't we all just get along?
    Well for starters, we have young people who don't know shit about the history of the civil rights movement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Decarow View Post
    One of the founders, Huey P. Newton, shot an Oakland police officer at a traffic stop. He served 3 years in jail before being released on an appeal, and even boasted that he "killed a white pig." In 3 years they killed 9 police officers and injured 56.
    I agree with a lot of what Dave says, your post lacks context. Did you know in California (for instance) black people were officially segragated into neighborhoods and harrassed by the police if they were caught on the wrong street? We're talking mid 60's here, that's what broke shit loose and started the Watts riots, and that's why there was such opposition to the entire investigation and trial surrounding OJ Simpson, there's a very bleak history involved.
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    You know what jumps out at me is the naive level of ambition. I was watching a PBS documentary about how the Americas with Disabilities Act got passed and at one point, hundreds of disabled people gathered in front of the capital and climbed the steps, many of them crawling or being dragged by others as they left their wheelchairs to do this.

    Really dramatic and effective. If you look at any of those movements, you see how much more freedom people had in their protests. Lois Gibbs, who lived in Love Canal actually held two EPA agents hostage for a brief period and demanded residents be relocated.

    And yet you hear people complain about the "radical" left in America today. Not even close to what people did back in the day.

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    things in 1966, were very very different from where they are today.

    in 1966, many of the grievances in the BPP 10-point plan...were legit.

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