Black Panthers

Black Panthers ★★★★

‘We want freedom. We want the power to control the destiny of our black community...We want an end to the robbery by the white man of our black communities...We want education for our people...Education that teaches us our true history...We want an immediate end to police brutality and murder of black people’
‘Their war cries frighten and exasperate the white racists who consider them black fascists, forgetting that they are much less dangerous than the police and much less fascist.’

It’s so fucking frustrating how the exact same things can be applied today. Still fighting for the same rights, black people still villainised and brutalised by police, by so-called conservatives, by those who are unaffected by racist institutional structures. It is so easy for someone to condemn violence and protest as unacceptable activism, but it is delusional to believe that we are where we are now by following laws. The rules of a system that is built to oppress you are not ones that allow change. Rights we have now were achieved from breaking regulations, from violent protests, from fighting to be heard. That isn’t to say these are the only ways to achieve change, but it is naive to think we are where we are now without these methods. We are only taught a history that is palatable to teach and thus institutions mark themselves as inclusive. We cannot forget the histories we are not taught, and I’m grateful for documents of such as these. And as a white person, I have a responsibility to seek out histories I’m not taught.