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4. Patrolling the Police
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about the police patrols run by the Black Panther Party, focusing in particular on: (i) what the police patrols were, and why the Black Panthers felt they were needed; (ii) the influence of the writings of Frantz Fanon in how the Black Panthers conceived of the police; (iii) the symbolic importance of the police patrols as a highly visual display of power; (iv) the practical support that the police patrols provided, e.g. informing arrested individuals of their rights, preventing police brutality, etc.; (v) the importance of the police patrols as a means by which the Black Panthers could raise awareness of who they were and what they stood for; and (vi) the backlash from the police at being 'patrolled' by the Black Panthers.
In this course, Dr Joe Street (Northumbria University) explores the Black Panther Party, the Black Power political organisation established by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton on October 1966 in Oakland, California. In the first module, we think about the political and intellectual origins of the Black Panther Party, before turning in the second module to the Black Panthers' Ten-Point Program. In the third module, we consider the extent to which the Black Panthers were different from other civil rights groups operating at the time, while in the fourth module, we explore the Black Panthers' practice of patrolling the police. In the fifth module, we focus on the figure of Huey P. Newton, who became an international celebrity following the 'Free Huey' campaign of the late 1960s, before turning in the sixth and final module consider the scope and depth of FBI interference in the activities of the Black Panther Party, and the extent to which these were responsible for the disintegration and collapse of the party by 1982.
Dr Joe Street is Associate Professor in History at Northumbria University. His research focuses on the nexus between politics and culture in the twentieth century, with a particular focus on African American radicalism in the 1960s and 1970s and the San Francisco Bay Area after World War Two.
Cite this Lecture
Street, J. (2021, February 18). The Black Panther Party, 1966-82 - Patrolling the Police [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/the-black-panther-party-1966-82/patrolling-the-police
Street, J. "The Black Panther Party, 1966-82 – Patrolling the Police." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 18 Feb 2021, https://massolit.io/courses/the-black-panther-party-1966-82/patrolling-the-police