The Black Panther Movement Essay

910 Words Mar 5th, 2016 4 Pages
When we hear the phrases ‘White power’ and ‘White pride’ our minds often jump to pictures of the KKK or modern neo-nazi groups in the US. Today, there are over 100 active neo-nazi groups - four of them currently active in Wisconsin. So while the United States government knowingly allows these hate groups to flourish, they dismantled groups like AIM, the Black Panther Party Movement and the Brown Berets that promoted justice, equality and services to their people. Groups like the Black Panther Movement were designed to serve the black community because at the time, no one would. Those groups openly expressed their racial pride, helped their people and made it acceptable to be a person of color in a society that makes it unacceptable and looked down upon. When I express pride in my indigenous heritage, I do it because it is my way of decolonizing and refusing to conform to the eurocentric beauty standards that I am subjected to every day. When I say ‘Native Pride’ I’m not saying it to offend the whites, I’m doing it for myself. I’m doing it so that younger Natives can learn that it is acceptable and okay to be proud of their indigenous roots. That’s what most oppressed people of color want, to instill that lost sense of pride and dignity to their community. Living in a world where people of color are constantly being marginalized in mainstream society and the media, empowering ourselves and standing in solidarity with one another is a way of strengthening our…

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