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Revolutionary Suicide Paperback – April, 1995
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First off, Huey is the best writer of all the writers I read on the subject. That includes both the primary books and the secondary interpretive books written by historians. Huey's writing reflects his life philosophy, he lives for the people and therefore writes for the people. He doesn't seek to impress the reader with a fantastic grasp of the english language. He writes simply and matter-of-factly, much as a good journalist does. This to-the-point writing style more engrossing than any of the other books I read on the movement.
Second, Huey, unlike many other movement leaders, doesn't look to hog the glory for himself. He is very upfront about what he was responsible for and what he collaberated on with others. He passes the glory around liberally (some would say too much) to spread the power to the people.
Finally, this book will give you a primary understanding of who Huey P. Newton was and what he was really about. Did he hate white people? Did he advocate armed revolution? Was he a murderer and thug? Read it for yourself.
Of course, now, this is Huey's account of the Party. While his is seriously important, the works of other Panthers and scholars who are now publishing works about the Panthers must also be studied. For now that I'm reading a biography on another Panther leader, Geronimo Pratt, I'm very interested in understanding more about the political split that took place in the BPP. Why did Huey expell Pratt from the Party? Why did Eldridge Cleaver turn out to be so reactionary? I look forward to reading other books on the Panthers to answer these and other questions.
Revolutionary Suicide is not only an excellent firsthand account of the Black Panther Party, as Newton himself was its co-founder, but is also a gripping coming-of-age story. Newton recounts his spiritual growth and psychological maturation often philosophically starting from the uncertainty and insecurity of childhood. He directs you through his personal and political actions encompassing the stages of his development as a human being, eventually solidifying, by self-realization, his place in the world.
My relationship with this book is especially sentimental because of its involvement in my own journey through adolescence into adulthood. For that reason, I recommend it to all young black men who would indubitably benefit from Huey's words as I've done ever since I first lifted the front cover.
It does leave me wondering about Huey and his eventual succumbs to drug addiction. I wonder if he finally lost his spirit due to such demanding responsibilities and activities for the people.
Contrary to many of the reviewers, I do not see him as crazed or insane, nor as someone with a low IQ. I see him as a genius who had a rare combination of intelligence and determination coupled with action. A true revolutionary. It is sad so many see him as crazy. In reality he was courageous.
And FWIW, Huey mentioned how racists IQ test were in the past. Please research the history of IQ tests and you will see they were originally developed to measure the intellect of wealthier Europeans and so we're biased against other ethnic groups, even eastern Europeans, the Irish, and Italians. IQ tests have been revised to include measurements of different types of intelligence today, but just reading this text should show you the test on Huey was some bull.
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