One of my coworkers is texting with me talking about how she’s still mindblown from the idea that desegregating schools may have been motivated by the fact that the state not overseeing people of color’s education led to them learning about their histories and revolutionary politics, so they wanted to put a stop to that by declaring they saw the wrong in their racist ways when really they just wanted to make sure that people of color had the most whitewashed education possible because who wants to see shit like this:
The thing most feared was poc solidarity of course:
[photo: there is a painting on a wall of a brown kid of color holding a news paper up that reads, “the black panther. all power to the people. harlem unite!” there are also silhouettes of demonstrators, one holding a sign that reads, “affordable housing.”]
[photo: a black and white image of Black Panther Party leader Bobby Seale looking over bags of food to be donated to the local Black community]
Bobby Seale looking over bags of food being donated to the black community.
I think it’s telling that folks are more likely to circulate images of the BPP holding guns than they are of them passing out food. Even folks who supposedly support/ed the party. Guns are sexy and ~political~and virulent and masculine—groceries bags of food—that’s not what revolution is about. Except, that’s exactly what revolution is about.
this is why, this is why the government destroyed the BPP, because they were winning the hearts and minds of the people, and most importantly the YOUTH..
Panther Girls Oakland, 1969