Since it appears there are few folks who think I don't KNOW what the HELL I'm talking about cuz I didn't cite works or use academic jargon. I did a little research cuz that's all it takes. So here we go. Let's first start with HOW the black panthers treated the women.
BLACK PANTHERS AND WOMANISM OR SEXISM
At its beginnings, the Black Panther Party reclaimed black masculinity and traditional gender roles.:6 Several scholars consider the Party's stance of armed resistance highly masculine, with the use of guns and violence affirming proof of manhood. In 1968, the Black Panther Party newspaper stated in several articles that the role of female Panthers was to "stand behind black men" and be supportive.:6
By 1969, the Black Panther Party newspaper officially stated that men and women are equal :2 and instructed male Panthers to treat female Party members as equals,:6 [however me talking THAT NEVER HAPPENED.] a drastic change from the idea of the female Panther as subordinate. That same year, Deputy Chairman Fred Hampton of the Illinois chapter conducted a meeting condemning sexism.:2 After 1969, the Party considered sexism counter-revolutionary.:6
The Black Panthers adopted a womanist ideology in consideration of the unique experiences of African-American women, affirming that racism is more oppressive than sexism. Womanism was a mix of black nationalism and the vindication of women,:20 putting race and community struggle before the gender issue.:8 Womanism posited that traditional feminism failed to include race and class struggle in its denunciation of male sexism :26 and was therefore part of white hegemony.:21 In opposition to some feminist viewpoints, womanism promoted a gender role point of view that men are not above women, but hold a different position in the home and community,:42 so men and women must work together for the preservation of African-American culture and community.:27
Me talking- Again this proclaim was strictly for the PUBLIC IMAGE-in reality black panthers were SEXISM...if they weren't...WHY DID THEY HAVE TO GO PUBLIC?
COLLAPSE OF THE BLACK PANTHERS
Black Panther Party membership reached a peak of several thousand by early 1969, then suffered a series of contractions due to legal troubles, incarcerations, internal splits, expulsions and defections. Popular support for the Party declined further after reports appeared detailing the group's involvement in illegal activities such as drug dealing and extortion schemes directed against Oakland merchants. By 1972 most Panther activity centered on the national headquarters and a school in Oakland, where the party continued to influence local politics. Party contractions continued throughout the 1970s; by 1980 the Black Panther Party comprised just 27 members.
Me talking: One year later 1981...the crack epidemic begun.
GANG BANGING HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
[This is just ONE gang I pulled for clarity-however there are MANY more that developed during that time]
Stanley Tookie Williams met Raymond Lee Washington in 1969, and the two decided to unite their local gang members from the west and east sides of South Central Los Angeles in order to battle neighboring street gangs. Most of the members were 17 years old. Williams discounted the sometimes cited founding date of 1969 in his memoir, Blue Rage, Black Redemption. Gang activity in South Central Los Angeles has its roots in a variety of factors dating back to the 1950s and '60s, including post-World War II economic decline leading to joblessness and poverty, racial segregation leading to the formation of black "street clubs" by young African American men who were excluded from organizations such as the Boy Scouts, and the waning of black nationalist organizations such as the Black Panther Party and the Black Power Movement.
Me talking....They were excluded until these groups [black panthers, black power movement and other black based groups] REALIZED how much MONEY they could make.
In the early 1980s, the majority of cocaine being shipped to the United States, landing in Miami, was coming through the Bahamas and Dominican Republic...... As early as 1981, reports of crack were appearing in Los Angeles, San Diego, Miami, Houston, and in the Caribbean.
Me talking-Los Angeles is in Cali....right? And as they say....the REST is history. But!
BTW: IF THERE ARE THOSE OF YOU WHO DON'T BELIEVE THIS TEXT I RESEARCHED....GOOGLE IT LIKE I DID. IT'S RIGHT THERE IN BLACK AND WHITE