When the Black Panthers first appeared, they patrolled the streets of the neighborhoods. They stood for the rights provided by the Constitution and could put every cop on his place. Whenever the cops piped up, they were blasted with the Second Amendment, Supreme Court judgments, chapter and verse: ‘I will observe you carrying out your duties whether you like it or not!’
She also said that the Black Lives Matter protesters have ‘plantation mentality.’ ‘It smacks of “master, if you would just treat me right”. And it has nothing to do with self-determination, empowerment and a sense of justice, or anything else.’
Instead of opposing the ruling class, BLM received funding from billionaire Democratic donors and had meetings with Hillary Clinton. ‘I was ashamed of them for asking that racist warmonger what she thought of black people’, Brown says.
‘Black Lives Matter has a plantation mentality’ | Race | USA | spiked – This steely spirit seems lost on the Black Lives Matter agitators of today. BLM, formed by academics Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, has little of BPP’s assertive spirit. The Movement for Black Lives, a BLM offshoot launched in August this year, posits itself in ‘the legacy of our ancestors who pushed for reparations, black self-determination and community control’. But BLM’s unofficial slogans – ‘hands up, don’t shoot’, ‘stop killing us’ – strike a far more defensive, pleading tone. ‘This to me is a plantation mentality’, says Brown. ‘It smacks of “master, if you would just treat me right”. And it has nothing to do with self-determination, empowerment and a sense of justice, or anything else.’ When, in 1967, the California state legislature was tabling a bill banning the open carry of firearms – in direct response to the Panther patrols – Newton and Seale led an armed delegation to the State Capitol. One need only contrast that to BLM protests in the wake of police shootings – where they host ‘die-ins’ – to see the chasm between the two movements.