We've got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don't fight racism with racism. We're gonna fight racism with solidarity.— Fred Hampton
Craziest Black Panther Party quotations
There is an entire generation of young people who know nothing about how viciously the FBI attacked The Black Panther Party, and why.
A lot of people don't understand the Black Panthers Party's relationship with white mother country radicals.
Yes, we do defend our office as we do defend our homes.
This is a constitutional right everybody has, and nothing's funny about that. The only reason they get mad at the Black Panther Party when you do it is for the simple reason that we're political.
Some of the free lunch programs were still goin' on - based on the last leg of the Black Panther Party.
I think most people, when they think about the Black Panther Party, they think in very abstract, caricatured terms. They think about black fists in the air, but they don't think about the actual people, and the families, and the relationships.
The Black Panther Party were not revenge nationalists.
The Black Panther party of Self-Defense is a revolutionary party.
Electoral politics was always an objective of the Black Panther party, so Barack Obama is a part of what we dreamed and struggled and died for.
I think because I came into journalism by way of the Black Panther Party - and not J-school or a corporate bourgeois institution - I tried to do news, writing and reporting that had social, political and racial content and context.
We jumped into the protest of Vietnam before the Black Panther Party ever started, before the Black Panther Party was even thought of. In fact, it was late 1965 and 1966 that the anti-Vietnam War, anti-draft to the Vietnam War protest started at University of California, Berkeley.
Gene Roberts, one of Malcolm's X chiefs of security, was an NYPD undercover cop.
He later went on to bigger things by being a disruptive force inside of the Black Panther Party.
As far as I was concerned, the Panthers were 'baaaaaad.
' The Party was more than bad; it was bodacious. The sheer audacity of walking onto the California Senate floor with rifles, demanding that Black people have the right to bear arms and the right to self-defense, made me sit back and take a long look at them.
But all was not sunshine and Marvin Gaye songs.
[UCLA] also recruited black students as part of a High Potential Program that was meant to bring diversity to the campus. Two of the students that were part of that program were Alprentice "Bunchy" Carter and John Huggins, Jr., both members of the Black Panther Party's Southern California Chapter.
Not since the Black Panthers sailed into their Upper East Side tea party has there been so daffy an exercise in radical chic.
That was one of the big problems in the [Black Panther] Party.
Criticism and self-criticism were not encouraged, and the little that was given often wasn’t taken seriously. Constructive criticism and self-criticism are extremely important for any revolutionary organization. Without them, people tend to drown in their mistakes, not learn from them.