I’m a progressive. The progression has to be manifested in a new direction in policies and legislation.
The first African-American leader was Dr. Martin Luther King.
They came down on us because we had a grass-roots, real people’s revolution, complete with the programs, complete with the unity, complete with the working coalitions, where we crossed racial lines.
The Black Panther Party were not revenge nationalists.
People called me a hoodlum and a thug. But they didn’t tell you I was a carpenter, an architect, a stand-up comic – even a bartender. And a barbecue cook. But they didn’t tell you that.
There is an entire generation of young people who know nothing about how viciously the FBI attacked The Black Panther Party, and why.
I consider myself a political revolutionary humanist.
When donors visited the Black Panther Party, they came and saw our real programs, a real clinic, with real doctors and medics, giving service to people.
On the one hand, the guns were there to help capture the imagination of the people. But more important, since we knew that you couldn’t observe the police without guns, we took our guns with us to let the police know that we have an equalizer.
I like Barack Obama.