Huey P. Newton was a legendary Black Panther revolutionary who had a lot to say. ✊🏾 He raised his voice about policing and the justice system. The Black Panther Party was a revolutionary socialist organization formed in Oakland, California. The party was created in the midst of the Black Freedom Movement in mid 1950s.
Amid continued police brutality and oppression in Black neighborhoods, the Black Panther Party sought to defend and provide services include hunger-relief programs, improving access to education and providing healthcare to Black communities.
In 1970’s interview from prison, Huey stated “The police in our community occupy our area, our community, as a foreign troop occupies territory. And the police are there not to promote our welfare or for our security or our safety, but they’re there to contain us, to brutalize us and murder us.” Black Americans are still facing systemic racism to this day.
Watch the mini-biography Huey P. Newton video: https://youtu.be/yM8ceTyFsVk