Ku Klux Klan and Black Panthers: Similarities and Differences

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The Black Panthers and The Ku Klux Klan

The Black Panther Party Movement for Self-Defense was founded in Oakland California, October 1966.[i] The leaders of this militant group were Huey Newton, and Bobby Seale. The Black Panthers mission was to establish revolutionary socialism through mass organizing, and community based programs. [ii] Newton and Seale challenged the non-violent philosophy established by Martin Luther King, and instead encouraged African Americans living in urban ghettos to take up arms in self-defense against police brutality.[iii] The Panthers were greatly influenced by Malcolm X and his willingness to use violence in order to reach equality with whites. The Black Panthers created a violent reputation for
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In the case of the Panthers, it was against racism, and for the KKK it was the opposition of integration with non-whites. Both the Panthers and the KKK lost their popularity due to negative publicity and quarrels inside their organizations. The FBI entered the Panthers as a spy, catching illegal acts and therefore weakening the party. Inside the organization, different groups in the party

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