Questions: Black Nationalism/Marxism

Macdonald Stainsby mstainsby at SPAMtao.ca
Mon May 22 16:24:16 MDT 2000




> Dear Comrades,
>
> I have been reading about the Black Panthers for some time now.  In
reading
> Huey Newton's words concerning black nationalism, he sates that at one
time
> the Panthers themselves considered to be black nationalist.  He stated in
To
> Die For The People that after analyzing this that to claim nationalism as
> the solution was a contradiction.  After awhile The Black Panthers claim
to
> be a Marxist-Leninist orgnization.

(Snip)
The hard part about this is the huge gulfs in the thought of BP'ers
themselves. Such men as Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) were more oriented
towards Black nationalism of the Elijah M. type, while Huey Newton was
closer to Maoist thought, or Fred Hampton was closer to Castroism, etc...

The best source is to read their own works, when available. "Revolutionary
Suicide" by HP Newton is an Auto-biography, but shows his thought very
clearly.

 In reality, it is somewhat pointless to try and Label the BPP; The Black
Panther Party was the Black Panther Party...

Macdonald






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