The Huey P. Newton Reader

The Huey P. Newton Reader

Huey P. Newton

Language: English

Pages: 366

ISBN: 158322467X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The first comprehensive collection of writings by the Black Panther Party founder and revolutionary icon of the black liberation era, The Huey P. Newton Reader combines now-classic texts ranging in topic from the formation of the Black Panthers, African Americans and armed self-defense, Eldridge Cleaver’s controversial expulsion from the Party, FBI infiltration of civil rights groups, the Vietnam War, and the burgeoning feminist movement with never-before-published writings from the Black Panther Party archives and Newton’s private collection, including articles on President Nixon, prison martyr George Jackson, Pan-Africanism, affirmative action, and the author’s only written account of his political exile in Cuba in the mid-1970s. Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and Geronimo Pratt all came to international prominence through Newton’s groundbreaking political activism. Additionally, Newton served as the Party’s chief intellectual engine, conversing with world leaders such as Yasser Arafat, Chinese Premier Chou Enlai, and Mozambique President Samora Moises Machel among others.

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these incidents. If the policeman arrested the citizen and took him to the station, we would follow and immediately post bail. Many community people could not believe at first that we had only their interest at heart. Nobody had ever given them any support or assistance when the police harassed them, but here we were, proud Black men, armed with guns and a knowledge of the law. Many citi­ zens came right out ofjail and into the Party, and the statistics of mur­ der and brutality by policemen in

Huev P. Newton Reader tria' Newton, Huey P. (Author). Huey P. Newton Reader. New York, NY, USA: Seven Stories Press, 2003. p 93. i 93 standing over him and firing three or four more shots into his body. When Grier walked over and identified me, the jury must have been convinced of my guilt, for Cricr was a calm, assured witness. But Jensen made a crucial mistake. He thought he could get away with the inconsistencies between

USA: Seven Stories Press, 2003. p 99. tria'i 99 view, Ross's insistence on not answering could damage his case seri­ ously and result in bad publicity. It would look as if something fishy was going on (which, of course, it was) and put the district attorney's office in an unfavorable light. He appealed to Judge Friedman, asking that the witness be obligated to respond to his questions, pointing out that he had already testified

police had already exoner­ ated McKinney of any involvement in the incident, but they still would not offer him immunity to protect himself. This was the only time that the contradiction between justice and what the judge and prosecution were doing came out in open court. Their people got immunity when they knew their testimony would incriminate them. Our people, who had been exonerated but who did not trust the system anyway, got tossed into jail. The whole trial was nothing but a big charade to

limitation and every lim­ itation has a determination. For example, your organism carries inter­ nal contradictions from the moment you are born and begin to deteriorate. First you are an infant, then a small child, then an ado­ lescent, and so on until you are old. We keep developing and burn­ ing ourselves out at the same time; we are negating ourselves. And this is just how imperialism is negating itself now. It's moved into a phase we call reactionary intercommunalism and has thus laid the

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