Bobby Seale at the Oakland auditorium
Chairman of the Black Panther Party. Rather he was right hand man my b c you are. Brothers and Sisters I want to have a chance. To tell you in large mass. Something about brother he would be a new black man that I have been knowing for about eight years. A black man first introduced me to what black nationalism was all about. A black man that I have
been closely associated with for the last three years and the organizing. Of a black people's party. On a level. That dealt with black people's problems to explain to you brother Huey P. Newton is in his soul. I got to explain to you also you also need your political desires in these because that is humorous lol. You know I met him and he told me when he first learned how to read real good which is about 16 17 was coming out of high school when these counselors in school told me he couldn't be college material. He got men you know like no white man tell him what he couldn't do. And he learned how to
read me. And he went to open city college. And I went right there with him in it and he got a four point oh as I am sociology. Psychology. Political science. Log on and on down he got A's all the way through. And then later for a man I know what I can do. Plan. You will learn the need for black people to develop perspective and understanding of our present condition. Now when we first are going to the blackout the part of self-defense. Is We're going to drop our basic platform just basically
black people can really he says. We don't want to go really elaborate with all these essays and dissertations and all this talk of the brother go look at that exam and I got time but I got to go through what I can do for myself just a basic platform that the mothers struggle to raises that the fathers who work hard at the young brothers in school who come out of school simply literate in reading broken words if they all just want a basic class to Outland black people's basic political desires and needs birth. So we sit down. Want power to determine the destiny of our black community. Number two we want full employment for our people. Number three one housing fit housing fit for shelter human being for all black men to be exempt from military service plan.
Was. One decent education for black people in our community. It teaches us the true nature of this decadent racist society and to teach black people and our young black brothers and sisters their place in society because they don't know their place in society and in the world they can't relate to anything else. Number six. We want to enter the robbery. Of the white racist businessmen of black people and black people in their community. Number seven that we want an immediate end to police brutality and murder of black the. PLD. Number 8 0 a black man held in county state federal jails and prisons to be released because they have not had a fair trial because they've been tried by all white juries and that's just like being tried in Germany
and if you. Want black people and when brought to trial to be tried. By members of their peers and appear being one who comes from the same economic social religious historical and racial background. That in fact. The black people if the United States government and the courts and the local courts did this it would have to choose black people from the black community to sit up on the jury. They have to choose some of the mothers who've been working 20 years in the kitchen scrubbing floors like my mother didn't. Have to choose. From. Hard working fathers. Have to choose some of those brothers who stand on the block. They want to get a gig. They don't have to choose these black people and he was saying let's just summarize it.
On housing one clothing one education. We want justice and we won't. Peace. Is the basic platform. In case you never knew it enough. Of all the things that you've heard in the press of all the derogatory statements that's been made in the press about brother he would be new and of all the derogatory statements to guide you away from seeing this basic platform that he was talking about by his own people. We have to know. Look. To. The why press. We have to learn to see what's going on. Now out of this platform. He would be new to realize that it was necessary for us to start working on these points. These ten points practically remember number seven one immediately into police brutality and murder of black people is very very important. He did a year and a half in law school. Out of.
College associate arts degree in the social sciences. Articulated to brothers on the block and he articulated in a manner where they understood what their rights were in love and how it back we could exercise a position in the black community to begin to show black people how we could defend ourselves. Point number seven. Now the papers call the organization hoodlums and earth. I'm sure he has hos Mark Rather he says now the paper's going callers berthing hoodlums a lot of people I don't know what's happened. He said but the brothers on the block who demanding calling the vote wanted you he was a diplomat as I. Was. Run on the clock. Is going to say. Who is
the. Fat and you look just like me. In fact I know John I know George does now in fact I know Bobby Hutton a man who wanted to know what a man what you can do with the rugs. In other words. When a man call us nigger for 400 years with all his derogatory connotations. He was smart enough to know that black people can say what they think on this nigger the year they don't hurt me I want to check I would be better than you. Of the. Insight that he had and knowing how to deal with agonizing black people and knowing how to bring black people together. Now at the same time then many of our older brothers and sisters were going to say they must really be.
But they talk about police brutality and every related in one way or another to relatives or members of your family etc. to the conditions and how police can tell you this. You would sit in your homes a year. We should have did it 400 years ago we should have got to start defending ourselves and especially now at the same time many people get the notion that we were supposed to go out in the streets with five hundred black people lined up with guns and shoot it out with a thousand policemen know this wasn't a court case at all. This was the case at all. On the contrary every black man in his home has a right to defend his home. It was necessary to bring to black people. The understanding that they were going to have to stand in the pit of life. Of community of your children of your mother love of our
young. We have to defend ourselves starting at Point Number seven because we know in self-defense there because we say you still have to defend yourself against the gross unemployment we subjected to the indecent housing we subjected to because the indecent education that we get against the way black men are dragged off into the military service as we fought in the Civil War 6000 and World War 2 3 1 1 350000 of World War 2 850000 and all the way down to the Korean conflict. And I got the jab you never want to drag my black brothers of the black over to 90 miles an hour you say. And even promises of all these years you said no thats a very very important. Play. Every black man in his house should be against the war in Viet Nam he's got to be a good one be damned but they killing our black brothers. Over there.
We brought it down to a practical level for us to try and understand. These brothers. He just ran them out in the street with zero understanding that those brothers down a top 12 basic points of law on how to exercise a constitutional right. He was that those brothers down to talk to him. He would talk those brothers that it wasn't a gun it was dangerous is the person behind it. This danger. Very important. He would talk to grab the safety of those where you haven't heard of one black panthers you know the black. Activist. But from the information in one appearance in court. With Charles Garrett the lawyer. He's a man and one cop
shot the other cop while we were. Down A. Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. Is a revolutionary from our. Revolution. I mean that we've got to get down to the nitty gritty and change the situation we in and don't miss any grits That's very. Hard. We also struggle for to show you that it wasn't only the cops we're doing many other things. Like a street light. At Market Street three kids coming from Washington school who had been two years prior. We got with the poverty program so you got to be a street light here and there don't be a street light out here the path is going to be going to travel just going to
get you. We shout a petition in conjunction with members of the area there to the city council and they send some back talk about what we can put one of the late 1960s. We will have to change the situation we go in the streets where the street light is early 1968. They don't like the Panthers messing with it. I'm sayin that these programs have been on the members of the Black Panther Party. As a whole. Then when the Black Panther part of the self-defense starts come into the black community it starts knocking on your door stores leaving you literature and giving you information factual information is racist decadent system and run it down. The Black Panther Party comes to your doors of information concern the fact that it's got to be said we want you to come down to the local defense committee work and operate if you want to work in the
Black Panther Party will be doing the same thing with the Black Panther Party self-defense is also working in conjunction with us all together. Every last one black person in here has got to stand up right now and say he's a member of the defense. The Legal Defense Fund I want to see how many black people stand up for him. I give you a hand. I'm going to give you a hand to the Evo. He's going to call you the hero. Always Going To Call You think you're wrong. And I'm. Going to have some unity here. We're going to ask immunity because he was trying to unify. Us. All of our problems.
He was for us. The man has got to change up. Point my finger. Did you see the building over there right in back. He's chained up in jail right across the street. It's his court date appearances. You be there for our hour and a half and show us standing support that we should have set free. Be there brothers and sisters and tell your friends and explain to black people what Huey P. Newton was doing with the Black Panther Party self-defense what kind of organization it was. Let people know that it is necessary that we must unify on all levels and all the areas of oppression we must deal with them.
That right here in the confines of race is America. Racism must be stopped. When the man walks up and says that we were any white. I scratch my head as he did to say we anyway was I mean by then. He says Well I mean you hate white people. I see me a white person. I said wait a minute back up a little bit young again and to conclude his game. I say that is the Ku Klux Klan's game to hate me and murder me because of the color of my skin. I say I would murder a person of color skin. I say yeah we hate something alright. We hate the oppression that we live in. We hate cops beat black people they hate the most. Thats what we hate. If you got enough energy to sit down and just because the color of the skin you waste a lot of
energy you better take that same energy and put it into motion out there and start dealing with those oppressive conditions and you can find out just what you hate and what you want stuff. Envy. Like people we are organizing to stop racism you get when you start racism you start brutality and murder of black people. Race is occupying army in our black community that's what we've got to stop what's being done to us. Can you did the white power structure his racist police force how they escalated the situation for whites there was 1300 cops 6000 cars patrol of black people that in Oakland had 350 cops just three and a half years ago not a thousand cops of children black people. San Francisco's doubled its police force and every area made a major metropolis where black people live all across this country. They double triple and quadruple their police force equipped with tanks. All
we've got to stop it but let's get together new. Envoy. He was killed. Rather he was concerned about the nation and the survival of black people. That's why. Tonight and you'll stand in support. We are all going to be concerned about him. I saw a picture in the paper where the same one sister had a sign says Come see it. And so every court date I want everybody in his house to come see about he had a court house cause we don't come out free healing. You. Free. Before we go any farther.
Here. Is a lot more things I want to say to you. Maybe I should say a few more things to you. Maybe give some more information. I feel an adequate not doing then I do really feel inadequate. I'm with you. That's going to do you do when a young black man comes out of one any one of these high schools around you. He's not taught how to construct is tricky one iota about the white man's love and he plans on TV. We supposed to respect the law in some races cause brother Congo Carmichael and hit me to the races cops come in the situation because you see a lot on the post office
they got a brochure announcing the cops an open San Francisco in-laws and all these racist pigs or. Things. And this same pig comes my way and I understand. And also coming up here with his other brother who's been out here. Getting together on the streets and walks up to a young black man and says boy go where you gone and a copy the reached was billy club a rich supposed pistol and a brother don't see no respect for him as a human being. What else can a brother do at that point was a man people with a club I'm sorry on photos. You see now that what happens here. The brother winds up busted. He gets put in jail. You read some joke in the paper. One occasion of these kill a murder he allegedly was burglarizing something which is a bunch of bunk. That's where the cops come of this story. All he assaulted me the cops say. And has passed on but we got to learn to see to what's happening out there.
When we go to the courts. With his brother he got busted. You walk up in minutes of a court not allowed to walk up and you know what you see and black people and the other ones with black and Mexican drug. Kids. Catching. They these cops are not brutalizing and intimidating white people they're not in a berth here brutalizing intimidating white people. They are down in the black ghetto where our communities are where we have to have power to determine just of our own community. Why shouldn't we have our own police station where we set up operations and organizations to the churches and everything else to choose our own policeman because it would use all policeman and make the room that the police would have to live in our community. He has it too much you get to come back home and sleep at night.
The. This is the teachings of the minister of defense of the Black Panther Party. This is this is teaching the basics and here will you know it and that is where you start dealing with the black revolution. When he says every black man put a shotgun in your home do you remember about the Smith family and how the cops raided the home of the Smith family. Do you remember how young. One of his sons had a white friend came down to the basement there where they had a pool table and he just walked in with the other young black Smith family and he had a white friend walk down and some cops saw him go down there so these cops all got together a radio and busted in the house. They thought it was prostitutes you know what they did. They walked in the house and his wife and his children and beat the whole family up from child to mother the father broken on
and then the cops turned around and charged on family with assault on a police officer. What kind of crap is that. That's why a black man needs a shotgun in his home is very important. You understand what I'm talking about. This is very very important for us to recognize. That one. When we are going to cash in on this we talk about power. In our communities to control our communities you know. And once we let the man also look from block to block we went. And we know I don't have utilize anonymous people in the street. Do you realize what kind of power black people have. Because you begin to neutralize a police force goes the cops start. In fact we are in a position then to demand that they withdraw from our community because they occupy a community just like a foreign troop occupies territory.
Very important understand. This is the political teachings of brotherhood and see how basic it is this is not hard to understand at all. Every time the power structure. Makes a political decision about any group of people. If the people disagree with the political decision that the Polish judges made upon them then the power structure gets and force and billy clubs does double and triple and police force the National Guard to make except those political decisions is made when you try to disagree. With me. Political decisions made upon them in their country and they've disagreed with them. So this is now we go defend ourselves right here on our own and we want you to withdraw from our land. Now. All we've got to do is parrot. We can parallel the situation when we see all these racist cops often are black I mean the way they are. But remember that's on his point seven of the program.
But here is the key in terms of dealing with what real power is if power starts here. When people try to say that green power is words that let me give you the something that brother he knew he said during the Civil War there was an offer and there was a south a knobhead Yankee money was supposedly and the South had Confederate money green power and suppose he's able to outmaneuver the south. And not had all the guns they say. Good heavens above. So I'm saying. That the money is only here to buy what you manipulate the power. That's all. The real power is manifested in the police forces National Guardsman. These races come down to Occupy Black people in the community to maintain their oppression to try to make us do what we in our homes and every black brother in his house
every one of you and you. Put a shotgun in your home. We will begin to deal in politics that way because he also says that politics. Is war without bloodshed but war is politics. With blood she was going on and he is he was having. A contradiction between a group of people contradictions disagreements etc.. You have two kinds of contradictions. Antagonistic contradictions where there's fighting and where there's blood here and you have none antagonistic contradictions where there's arguing and debate. I'm pretty sure that black people would prefer to hair and deal with power politics antagonistic contradiction.
But what's happened when the man escalates his police forces and doubles and triples them and murdering black people in a community and shoot them down an antagonistic very antagonistic cause he should not know that he has made war upon us. This is very very important to understand where politics lives. We design. Defending ourselves and I community by every man from the shotgun to his home. We desire not antagonistic contradictions. But we must do. So when those crops come in the community and get them first LOL. Is the law of survival. This is where it say. We must arm and hand. We must respect the gun in a fashion that is the man behind the gun who's dangerous and there are thousands and thousands of cops in this country who are very very
dangerous to the black community. So let's come to the surface. I think it. Has come up to the surface of the whole situation. Black people in this country. War has been made upon them. Black people don't sit down and say oh nothing's going to happen and hope nothing's going to happen. Don't sit down and let a spontaneous riot happen in the streets. We get career going a lot of us are shot up on are going to as when I say spontaneous black people. And black leaders we've got them up here I'm going to try to contribute to the leadership. I was forced out and it's necessary for me to do and I won't do much. I'm saying that black leaders will get up and let the political power structure no worse than the changes we want. And if that doesn't happen then you will have caused the political consequence in an
odd fashion. The man doesn't have us out now many of us out although Nancy. Come on now. I have to say. Now. Let's go back to our brothers concern or situation. I'm going to ask you brothers and sisters now. We have sisters in the audience. All right brothers and sisters. I want to say this is. Black power. Black Power and the power of. The black power. So let's stand together. I want to thank you. For
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- Speech by Bobby Seale, chairman of the Black Panther Party, at the Free Huey Newton rally held at the Oakland Auditorium on February 17, 1968 on Newton's birthday. Seale goes over the Black Panther Party's list of demands for the black community, praises Newton's teachings and contributions to the Party and rallies the audience to defend themselves against the racist power structure.
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