Feb 24, 2021
If you ask many current activists fighting anti-Black racism and inequity today, they’ll tell you that the influence of the Black Panthers is immeasurable.
But as TIME magazine pointed out
in February of 2021, for the past half-century, depictions of the
Black Panther Party in mainstream media have largely glossed over
their ideas or their community activism. “They’ve been reduced to
leather peacoats and shotguns,” Shaka King, the director of the new
Black Panther-focused film Judas and the Black Messiah says. “They’ve been called terrorists, fringe
separatists, “wild beasts” and “the civil rights movement’s
So here is what you need to know about the Black Panther Party - the peacoats and shotguns part, about their policing of the police. We’ll talk about their powerful work supporting communities next week.
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