Today is the anniversary of the death of Fred Hampton, black community organizer who was assassinated by American “law enforcement.”
Take a moment today to learn about Hampton and the Black Panthers, if you never have. If you’ve always bought the party line–“They were dangerous militants who needed to be put down, not real activists”–I guarantee that what you learn will surprise you. The Panthers had a breakfast program for impoverished children. In Chicago, Hampton went about building a Rainbow Coalition of different groups, including Latino/as, poor whites, and many more to fight oppression together.
He was a great man and I encourage you to honor his memory today by learning about his life and work.
(Gee, apparently when I said, “I won’t be posting” I meant, “I will exclusively be making really depressing posts about the evils of formalized structural violence.” Sorry.)