November 21, 2009
An organization created and cofounded by Fredrika Newton, widow of
original Black Panther Party leader Huey P. Newton, is saying
uproariously daffy things about Black Panthers old and new.
The Huey P. Newton Foundation Inc. is criticizing the New Black
Panther Party -- whose Philadelphia goon squad benefited from the
Obama administration's politically suspect dropping of a
voter-intimidation case -- for stealing the Black Panther name for
its "own misguided purposes." The foundation also says the
confrontational black-power original Panthers "operated on love for
black people, not hatred of white people."
Thankfully, rewriting history requires more than a laughable press
release -- especially when the revision is so at odds with the
record. What the original Panthers stood for and the tactics they
employed had little to do with "love" of anything but unrest,
anti-Americanism and militancy.
That a self-appointed guardian of the original Panthers' hate-filled
"legacy" apparently finds the Farrakhan-style racism that informs the
New Panthers' agenda a bit much to stomach is hilariously ironic.
This attempt to rewrite history, rightly doomed to fail, is best
approached with a bit of well-worn, time-honored wisdom in mind:
Consider the source.