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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 429 pages
  • Publisher: Black Classic Press; Reprint edition (November 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093312130X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0933121300
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Booby Seale's "Seize the Time," though not well written, is essentially a primary source of the Black Panther Party--written by the Party's courageous co-founder. Much of the book focuses on the work and vision of Huey P. Newton. I was very much struck by Seale's unquestioning devotion to Newton. Having read other books by or about Party members, I realize from reading this classic book that Seale was blind to many of Newton's contradictions. At the same time, however, Seale seemed devoted equally to the freedom and self-determination of African people.
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.
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This book was very, very good. Easy to read, lots of information, flows well. Covers the history of the Black Panthers from their formation in 1966 to 1969, Seale dictated the book while locked up in jail on bogus charges. This book got me interested in the Panthers, I knew almost nothing about them until I read this book, and I stayed up all night reading it, because I couldn't put it down.
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In schools you are taught to think of the Black Panthers as rebels with communist intentions. The true nature of the black panthers is revealed in Bobby Seale's book. The amount of struggle that blacks had to go through in the "free" nation of America was depressing. The problem with history books is that they are sugar coated with so-much utopian ideas that you wonder if America's political system is flawless. Having a backgound of Jamaican and Indian, this book is a must for any person who's been confronted with prejudices of any sort. A must-read is the chapter "Gagged and Shackled", I honestly couldn't believe how Bobby Seale was treated.

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.
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Seize the Time by Bobby Seale is not the smoothest written memoirs as you might have noticed reading other reviews, but do not let that deter you from looking into this book. He and Huey P Newton were the founders of the Black Panthers which was founded on October 15th 1966 when the two of them wrote down the partys 10 point platform. By 1969 both of them were in jail, and it was at this time Bobby Seale started writing this book. There are several reasons this book is worth reading to understand the times, and sadly realize things have not changed much.

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.
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Now featuring a new introduction by the author Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton is the reissue of a protest-era manifesto first published in 1970. Recorded and written by the author during 1969 and 1970 when he was a political prisoner in the San Francisco County Jail - incarcerated as a defendant in two prejudiced political trials that he later won in court - Seize the Time offers an amazing, up-close and personal view of the Black Panther Party's formation, goals, and obstacles both within and without. The party's strict code of conduct, including an absolute prohibition against drug use or the misuse of firearms, is described in depth, as are the lives of its founders. From persecution and harassment by all levels of government to the need to expel individuals who were "black racists", or who tried to use the party for personal status and reputation without doing any work to promote the party's cause of equality, awareness, and self-defense, Seize the Time is an absorbing true portrayal of the rocky road of resistance to racism and class oppression. Highly recommended.
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