"The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense knew what they wanted. They were young. They were black. They couldn't be ignored. Their ten-point platform was just the beginning of an unforgettable period in the history of this nation's civil rights movement. By 1967 the Black Panthers had established themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Their ideas, their agenda, their fight for equality for African Americans, put these outspoken youth on the map of American politics." (Haskins) Almost 40 years ago, in 1966, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale led a revolution that was driven in response to the oppression of black people. They sought to change that. Today, thanks to their fight for civil rights, extreme risks, and development of social needs,
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The F.B.I became extremely afraid of the Panthers because of their main belief that they should be able to bear arms. In order to "save themselves." They had to shut down the movement. They even went to such severe actions as to pose fake letters to members of the party. One example is the following police letter to a prominent member of the Party, which talks about a conspiracy.
"Brother Jeff, I've spent some time with some Panther friends on the west side lately and I know what's been going on. The brothers that run the Panthers blame you for blocking their thing and there's supposed to be a hit out for you. I'm not a Panther, or a Ranger, just black. From what I see these Panthers are out for themselves not black people. I think you ought to know what they're up to, I know what I'd do if I was you. You might hear from me again.
(sgd.) A black brother you don't know. [Emphasis is added] (FBI files). The F.B.I set up a list of goals that they wanted to accomplish in compliance with the party. These goals included:
Prevent a coalition of militant Black Nationalist groups
Prevent the rise of a messiah who could unify and electrify the militant nationalist movement
(i.e.) Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, and Elijah Muhammad all aspire to this position.