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1. What the Ruling Class doesn’t want us to remember about the Black Panthers

todayMarch 12, 2021

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Crawdads & Taters briefly review the new film Judas and the Black Messiah, as well as recent news revelations about Fred Hampton’s assassination. With so much media coverage around the Black Panthers lately, why do we never hear about the Panthers’ founding ideology as a Marxist, socialist organization? Fifty-plus years after Hampton’s murder, why is it still taboo to tell the truth about who the Black Panthers actually were? What is the role of these corporate media omissions in obfuscating US social movement history? And what might our current political movements stand to gain, if we revealed and thoroughly discussed the class-based analysis that the Panthers utilized? Could an honest telling of this radical social movement history become a guide and an anchor for leftist social movements today?

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