By: Taylor Hyde
In the late 1960's:
- Kids at the average age of 19, who were fighting for racial equality
- Militant tone but they sent out a rallying cry for justice
- Rallying cry was because of black affairs
- These Black Panthers were heavily influenced by Malcolm X
- Weren't taken seriously so they walked around with shotguns
- Had a sense of self worth even if the government wont take them seriously
- Wanted to lift up moral standards
- Often spoke that "violence is a cleansing force"
They wanted to control their own destinies:
- "Self-defense" policy
- "Brothers" and "sisters" are equal
- Women have leadership
- "Free natives"
- Thought they had been "dominated, distorted, and nearly destroyed" by whites.
Peaceful approaches were more successful:
- Whites felt the panthers were trying to take away their power
- Thought of as a threat
- Radical groups in the media were unsuccessful
- Un-trusted because they resorted to violence