They came down on us because we had a grass-roots, real people's revolution, complete with the programs, complete with the unity, complete with the working coalitions, where we crossed racial lines.
We didn't care if you were white, black, green, yellow or polka-dotted. We just wanted to know where your heart was.
On the one hand, the guns were there to help capture the imagination of the people. But more important, since we knew that you couldn't observe the police without guns, we took our guns with us to let the police know that we have an equalizer.
The first point was we wanted power to determine our own destiny in our own black community. And what we had done is, we wanted to write a program that was straightforward to the people. We didn't want to give a long dissertation.
We were like heroes, to stand there and observe the police, and the police were scared to move upon us.
We were not talking about the average white person we was talking about the corporate money rich and the racist jive politicians and the lackeys, as we used to call them, for the government who perpetuate all this exploitation and racism.
You don't fight racism with racism, the best way to fight racism is with solidarity.
Marxist-Leninism per se was really a latter development not until 1968 that we really considered the Red Book required reading.
You can jail a revolutionary, but you cannot jail the revolution.
Seize the Time.
A people who have suffered so much for so long at hands of a racist society must draw the line somewhere. . . . the black communities of America must rise up as one man to halt the progression of a trend that leads inevitably to their total destruction.
We were young political revolutionaries. Then-California Gov. Reagan said we hated white folk. That's not true.
We don't hate nobody because of their color. We hate oppression.
We jumped into the protest of Vietnam before the Black Panther Party ever started, before the Black Panther Party was even thought of. In fact, it was late 1965 and 1966 that the anti-Vietnam War, anti-draft to the Vietnam War protest started at University of California, Berkeley.
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