Essay on The Black Panther Party For Self Defense

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The Black Panther Party for Self Defense (BPPSD) whose beliefs followed the practices of Malcolm X was founded in Oakland, California, in 1966 by Bobby Seale and Huey Newton. It started as a political grass-root organization with a hand full of members and over time expanded into a national and international party. However, by 1980 the Black Panther Party of Self Defense was an Oakland- based organization again, with no more than twenty-seven active members and by 1982 the party came to an end.
I am arguing that due to Huey Newton taking on much of the Panthers power within the organization and the governments covert operation ‘COINTELPRO’, launched between 1968 and 1971, both had a huge influence in the quietus of the Black Panther Party of Self Defense. The covert operations “aimed to repress the counterculture as well as communist-, socialist-, and pacifist- influenced antiwar ideology”. The FBI wanted to limit the influence of the Black Nationalist hate group and New Left by revealing, impede, and nullify through the media, leaking defamatory information to allies and denounce movement leader’s reputations. Because of this covert operation the BPPSD had a misconception among whites, however in the black/minority communities their “social service provision and their commitment to protect the community were beheld as acts of compassion, protection, and love.”
In order to narrate the history of the BPPSD, one must grasp the intention sought out by the Party. The birth of…

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