I hear ya. But all I KNOW is as a teen growing up in Cali surrounded by these groups....that in the micro-social interaction of neighborhoods in my community....the black panthers were NOT the heroes that many are trying to portray them as today. Now...I don't know what was going on in other cities and states...like San Francisco for example. but what I do KNOW is my EXPERIENCE with them around our schools recruiting youths as young as 13 and 14 years old to join their group for protection and power status[which is what present gangs do] at the horror and dismay of parents who just migrated from the sharecropping South..
The panthers' purpose may have been the same across the country, however, I can only discuss on the EXPERIENCE I had with them in my area. And I really don't care who believes me or not...cuz it's my experience and my memory of what happened during those times. It's like delivery a baby and folks telling you didn't have any pain in the process. Cuz every woman's pain is different. It's STILL pain nevertheless. It's the same here. .The black panthers in my area were bullies and mygnostics[sp]..hence the beginning of the pimp daddy days. Now folks can perceived this era in our history in any way they want-it won't change what ultimately occurred. It's like the race riot in the 60s and the one in the 90s-every one who witnessed them have their OWN version as to what took place. Even when you look it up in articles and documents and even books....the stories will be different within the frame of what actually happened.
So all I'm saying is as a young black impressionable teen during the height of the black panthers, the us organization , the black student union...I saw a lot of recruited youths [in my community] used these groups to hide behind as they both tormented the neighborhoods and communities they lived in to the point? That VERY soon after the social collapse of these groups....here comes gangs and drugs to take their place. To me? It was planned. Whether massa [FBI, etc] had their hand in it or not-probably. But that doesn't TAKE away from the fact if these groups were so hell-bent on bringing social justice to their community and black people and that was truly their goal...where in the HELL were they when gangs began terrorizing the SAME community that they SAID they wanted to protect and serve? Where in the HELL were they when drugs began poisoning what was LEFT of our already fragmented culture? And this social deprevation[sp] HAPPENED in Cali....around the SAME time the black panthers were defeated.[take or add a couple of years]
And I notice when this is pointed out in terms of where oh where were the mighty panthers to come to the aid of our poor helpless poverty-stricken black community-no one has a VALID answer. Just say you don't KNOW what happened to them [aside from many of them being killed, in prison or on drugs]. Cuz all I hear and see are fillabustering answers that make no sense to me, political distractions moving away from we are talking about and chest puffing. Trust and believe I may have been young and immature during those rebellious times in black history but ain't nothing wrong with my memory.[I don't need to pull up a link, or refer to a book or article] I remember it like it happened yesterday. But!.