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2.0 out of 5 stars Commie Rhetoric, April 12, 2010
This review is from: To Die for the People: The Writings of Huey P. Newton (Paperback)
To Die for the People is a collection of essays and speeches by Huey Newton. On the street level the Black Panthers did some brave and admirable things but as far as their rhetoric they are more or less hardline Marxists more so than black nationalists. Newton is actually pretty hard on African/Cultural Nationalists calling them cultists with no solutions to black peoples problems.

Newton also shows himself to be a huge sucker putting pics of himself on a guided tour in Communist China during the 1970s. As if the chauffered picture of life in China he was shown has any correlation with what life was like for the peasant population of China. Reality is if the Chinese communists had a problematic segment of the population like blacks in America they would be in serious trouble. Just look at how they have treated the Hui or the Tibetans.

Besides being Marxist most of these essays are dated so little if any are applicable today. Probably the most interesting thing in this book is Newtons analysis of the film Sweet Sweetbacks Revenge. Like I said the Black Panthers were admirable for some of their street level action but their rhetoric rarely went beyond dogmatic Marxism.
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