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Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton Paperback – November 15, 1996
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Both of these leaders took the African struggle in America to another level. They put into practice what the great Malcolm X said about "making it plain" and to defend one's self. As hard as it was, they worked to simplify the struggle rather than intellectualize it. Unfortuneatly, however, they spent more time having to overcome relentess pressures and attacks by Oakland police, the FBI, the racist judicial system, and the entire White racist society.
Seale's book is not a critical analysis of the Party, like for instance Elaine Brown's book "A Taste of Power," but it does bear witness to one of the most radical organizations ever developed in America.
The problem today is that blacks in America still believe that they have rights and freedoms. In essence corperate America puts rich blacks in the media instead of the educated ones. This systematic brain washing system allows for the youth of today to look up to these so-called blacks and always wanting to attain this rich lifestyle. Suggestive readings should be of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, WEB Dubois, Fidel Castro, Marcus Garvey, Angela Davis.
Seale writes about how the rich business men have extreme influence over the government. (anything change in the last +40 years ?)
He writes about how the police come into black communities and simply harass them with beatings, killings and false arrests. (anything change in the last +40 years? I have not check statistics, but I assume a higher percentage of African Americans are in prison today than back in 1970 - so it is worse)
What the Panthers proposed was community police, with the officers living in the neighborhoods they serve. This way they know the people on a personal level. Bobby Seale wrote about how when he was being transported cross country by car for a trial, he witnessed a multiple car wreck in a small town. When the sheriff arrived he was civil to all parties involved, knew them by name and treated them as human beings. These were all whites, but this was exactly the type of community police force he and the Panthers were working towards.
The Black Panthers were against racism, and therefore had issues with blacks that were racist against whites.Read more ›
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Excellent book. I met Bobby Seale in 1996 when the book was first published. To hear his view in person on the Black Panther Party was truly enlightening. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Seize the Time was a very insightful and enlightening book. Bobby Seale, the chairman of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, provided a short overview into his life before... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jeron McCall