Black Panther Party Analysis

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The Black Panther Party is classified by a majority as a revolutionary black nationalist group, and by others, just a unorganized violent gang because of the use of self defense. There was nothing rebellious or threatening about what the party set out to achieve. Many did not understand the Panthers, because in all honesty, they were very intimidating. The way they Panthers dressed in all black was very horrifying and a tactic in itself to intimidate the police. The whole purpose was to look demeaning to law enforcements in hopes of frightening them from carrying out bad deeds, which they deemed right and justifiable. With doing so, that tactic carried out a perception of violence to the society. The public didn 't understand that the BPP apparel …show more content…
The use of guns and the knowledge that someone has a gun can be very intimidating. So since the Panthers carried around guns, the police officers felt insecure and felt the need to show dominance. Because the officials were allowed to have and use guns, they felt empowered and showed the authority by using weapons against blacks. This created a huge conflict between blacks and police officers, therefore creating havoc on the streets. Police wanting to show their dominance over blacks then created the stress and fear from blacks of officers committing crimes against them. Since they had fear they felt the necessary urge to buy guns as well. The Panthers had the right to do so because of the second amendment: the right to bear arms. Newton was able to make it an equal playing field with the police because they often intimated the police(guns), but also at the same time the officers empowered blacks. Carrying a gun was more than just walking around with a weapon, it was a symbol of not being afraid anymore. What made the Panthers powerful was the same thing that Newton thought made the Police department …show more content…
What people fail to realize there is a group called The New Black Panther Party and many mistake these two groups for each other . Bobby Seale, cofounder of the BPP, said many called the group a bunch of thugs but the same ones saying that didnt understand that the group “grew out of a young black intelligentsia on college campuses." The New Black Panthers took the BPP old philosophy, and made it aggressive and dangerous; many members not even educated. So many when thinking about the Black Panthers Party they think of the most recent group. These two groups are not to be mistaken. Although the Panthers exercised violence, their violence was used when provoked by law enforcement because no one else would stand up for the Black community.The Panthers did not seek confrontation, but they were defenders and stood their ground. Harris, who is very objective on the subject of the Panther’s tactics, wrote, “They were taught to never to point, much less fire a weapon at anyone, other than the enemy, and never accidentally or unnecessary”(413). So in fact, the Panthers could be considered, an organization, who were advocates of peace; the overall goal. Newton insured that he wanted peace and that the Panthers defense is just “a tool to get rid of violence and aggression”( Huey P.

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