The Anniversary of a Great Man’s Death

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.)

2 Responses to “The Anniversary of a Great Man’s Death”

  1. 1 Kristen December 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    There are many great black leaders and activists to honor. I’m older than you and still a little young to know what the climate was during the days of Huey newton and Fred Hampton. Still, I prefer a MLK Jr. who advocated peaceful protests as opposed to some of the violence the Panthers advocated in the name of their cause. While their cause was very just, death in the name of any cause is still unjust. You can’t complain about the white brutality if you’re engaging in the same brutality and somehow consider it justified.
    I’m not saying that you shouldn’t think there were good things, but don’t forget the bad either. Its still part of this thing called being human.

  2. 2 Kristen December 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Just also to be clear. I’m not taking the party line that the Panthers were dangerously militant and needed to be put down. I understand where the movement came from but I still say you can’t wipe away the violence they committed no matter what cause they felt made it just.

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