The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Full Film | Video | Independent Lens | PBS

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution sheds light on the Black Panther Party — and all its reviled, adored, misunderstood, and mythologized history.

Source: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Full Film | Video | Independent Lens | PBS

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6 thoughts on “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Full Film | Video | Independent Lens | PBS

  1. This was an amazing film, and I loved it. I really liked Fred Hampton’s speech where he talked about “fighting fire with water, fighting racism with solidarity”. The movie reminded me of something I heard Muhammad Ali say to some students asking why he didn’t want to fight in the Vietnam War, “I’m not going to help nobody against something Negroes don’t have. If I’m going to die, I’ll die right here fighting you. You’re my foes when I want freedom. You’re my foes when I want equality. You’re my foes when I want justice. You won’t even stand up for me in America… and you want me to go somewhere and fight, while you won’t even stand up for me at home.”

    1. Very powerful words, as far as the film it’s too bad the people who’ve compared the black panthers to the klan won’t see it because ignorance is blissful for those types of people. It’s the problem I have with most white people who fail to understand what slavery, and racism has done to blacks and other people who are marginalized and discriminated against based on the color of their skin.

      1. It’s true… I know a lot of people who wouldn’t take a second look at this (much less a first). Even if I were somehow able to make them watch it, they wouldn’t see the message staring them straight in the eye – that this is what happens when you mistreat/disrespect people for a very long time. This is what happens when you try to take away hope. Dr. King said, “A riot is the language of the unheard.” and I think there are so many people in this country who’ve been tricked into thinking that if they shut their eyes and ears long enough, the problem will just go away. This country always lets things (like oppression) go too far. I can’t count how many white friends/acquaintances I have who’ve said things like, “Well, if I were black, I wouldn’t fight the system. I’d realize that being quiet will eventually bring me what I want.” or “If I’d been a slave, I would’ve behaved really well… and then I’d just be given my freedom.”

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