The Black Panther Party and revolutionary Philosophy

At every full collective gathering we acknowledge that we live in a society founded on stolen land and stolen lives. Someone researches and presents a relevant topic and then we take a moment of silence to reflect. We share the research here for others as well.

I) Introduction

  • Militant self-defense of minority communities against the U.S. government
  • Fought to establish revolutionary socialism through mass organizing and community-based programs
  • The party was one of the first organizations in U.S. history to militantly struggle for ethnic minority and working-class emancipation
  • A party whose agenda was the revolutionary establishment of real economic, social, and political equality across gender and color lines

II) Black Panther Theory

  • The practices of the late Malcolm X were deeply rooted in the theoretical foundations of the Black Panther Party
  • Malcolm had represented both a militant revolutionary, with the dignity and self-respect to stand up and fight to win equality for all oppressed minorities
  • The Panthers followed Malcolm’s belief of international working-class unity across the spectrum of color and gender, and thus united with various minority and white revolutionary groups
  • From the tenets of Maoism they set the role of their Party as the vanguard of the revolution and worked to establish a united front, while from Marxism they addressed the capitalist economic system, embraced the theory of dialectical materialism, and represented the need for all workers to forcefully take over the means of production





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