Black Panthers

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The Black Panthers, also known as the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, are a group who’s name is still known today for its efforts in Black Power and politics in the United States. The group can be seen as a very personal movement to those of us here in California due to the group being founded in California, Oakland to be more exact. The group was formed by friends Huey Percy Newton and Bobby Seale. He and Bobby Seale had become friends while attending Merritt College. The two originally worked in anti-poverty center and were also on a council helping to try and stop police brutality. Huey Newton was also attending two colleges, San Francisco Law school and City College. These two became inspired by other groups who had been working for all black political groups soon formed their idea into the reality. Even coming up with a uniform that was a black beret and black leather jacket(they were also to wear a blue shirt but this was much less enforced). The group also seemed to be disgusted by other efforts which were mostly done by educated African Americans and Newton saw them as nothing but armchair revolutionaries and felt they did nothing but debate. From the start Newton wanted something very different from the ‘armchair’ tactics of others and quickly set out doing things with a bang(almost quite literally). There group would be an active one which they felt appealed to many of those in the ‘lower’ classes of African American society. One of their main ideas and objectives was to be armed at all times against the police. Or as they saw it their oppression by said police. They used guns in this effort casually carrying around loaded shot guns in full public view as sort of a warning to the police that they were armed and ready to defend themselves if the situation called for it. . These very public places became a stage for this group and began to gain them many different responses. It awed many African Americans who had never seen a thing like this...
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