Monday, February 29, 2016

Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Full Definition of vanguard
  1. 1 :  the troops moving at the head of an army
  2. 2 :  the forefront of an action or movement
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After years of non-violent protests, some in the civil rights movement felt that change was not real nor was it happening at a rate commensurate with the effort put in.  Therefore, Huey Newton and others started the Black Panther Movement.  This movement considered threats, fear, intimidation and violence to reach their goals.
 
Assignment:  Watch 60 minutes or more of the documentary titled Black Panthers:Vanguard of the Revolution
After watching, blog about your summary and reaction (considering the following question.  And, respond thoughtfully to two other's blog posts.

10 points - Thorough, thoughtful reaction in a 3-5 sentences (or more) paragarph
10 points - Thorough, thoughtful response to the posts of others (5 points for each)
 
Consider the following question to guide your post but also feel free to add your thoughtful reactions based on what you see in the documentary.

Where the Black Panthers Terrorists or Revolutionaries?  What about the Government and the way they responded?  Was the government's response appropriate or inappropriate?
 
  

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  2. The Black pather party was created as a self defense mechanism. The Black Panther party was created to protect themselves from the violence behind racism. The Black panthers walked around with guns and weaponry which "Scared" the white people but they did not realize that they did the same stuff everyday without concerning their safety. The black panthers did it strictly for self defense. Through it all the black panthers raised awareness and made a difference.

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    1. I agree with you. I think what you said was very important.

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  3. The Black Panther Party was a self defense group that defended Blacks from the abuse of the police. I think that what they did was not only very brave but also very necessary. Without the Black Panther Party many more blacks would have attacked and maybe even killed, this is why what they did was important.
    -Rahsan Lewis

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    1. I feel as though the Black Panthers Party's main focus was to stop African Americans from the brutality of the police. It all fell back to race. If there were no Black Panther Party then who would be there to help stand up.

      Se'Maj McCraw

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    2. I like your understanding of the black panthers and how you used back up facts to support your understanding- Hakim Grandberry Pd4

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    3. You right I agree, its crazy how cops and other people got away with it. When it is the other way around instead of an unorganized white mob it is considered a gang. They were important.
      -roman

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  4. As the civil rights efforts moved forward most of the actions deemed to be non-violent. However the black panthers had different motives and wanted to fight back against the violence with violence. Founded by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale they challenged police brutality by carrying weapons. I feel as though they were revolutionaries and not terrorist because they did it for a change. They wanted to stop brutality and the violence that was happening and possibly saved many lives. The government response was awkward but at the same time it is the government and some response was needed. Overall it gave the black panthers the attention that it needed.

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    1. - Roman Colon

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    2. I think your points were very valid. I agree with you.

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    3. At first the black panthers were not as violent as they were when they progressed. I do not think that the black panther party were terrorist, what they were doing was not right but they were standing up for themselves.They wanted to stop brutality that was happening to their people. The governments response was not as it should have been.

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  5. The black panther party was a party who fault for jobs, education and equality. I agree with the black panthers standing up for what they believed in. If they had not done so the world would not be like the way it is today.
    Justin Carter pd 3

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    1. I agree, way to include factual evidence!

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  6. After watching more then half of the documentary, it is clear that the Black Panther Party were not terrorist, they were revolutionaries. The group was created to stop the violence. It wasn't just about white supremacy, but capitalism. Yes, they were a group that believed in using violence, but they weren't a group to strike first. That was the reason behind the use of the black panther as their symbol. They wanted to stop police brutality among the blacks, but they also wanted decent housing, education, health, and freedom. They created a Ten Point Platform explaining who they are and what their group was about. The government reaction to their group was horrible. They created programs to disrupt, discredit members of the party. They used informants and conspiracies to take down the party because they felt that the party threatened them. I feel as though they were just a group of courageous and determined men and women that fought for what they believed in no matter the consequences.
    -Takiya Brown pd. 3

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    1. I also agree that they believed in capitalism. They also wanted to stop the brutality of the police.

      Se'Maj McCraw

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    2. Exactly, they didn't just go outside and start smacking cops they wanted to promote change. How can you have the KKK but want to stop the black panthers?
      -roman

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  7. From watching the film, I believe that it is very present that the Black Panthers are not terrorists and in fact they were revolutionaries. The Black Panther Party did participate in violence, though were only violent to those whom posed a threat to society. The Black Panther Party wanted to stop the police brutality in not only Mississippi but also other places around the world. The Black Panther Party was a group of nationwide revolutionaries. Another focus of the Black Panther Party was also to save lives.They used self defense tactics to help stand up for themselves. Despite everything bad mentioned about the Party and its members, they fought and stood up for what they believed in like other Civil Rights Leaders.

    Se'Maj McCraw Period 4

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    1. I agree with what you said. It was very thoughtful and you pointed out good facts.

      Terryn Brown

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    2. I agree with what you said, very important points. Kira M

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    3. I agree with what you said, you stated some important facts.
      Kevin Merritt

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    4. Your response were very accurate. The Black Panther Party did not start the attacks, they only reacted once someone attacked them. They were just a group who used different tactics to achieve the same goal as Martin Luther King and others.
      -Takiya Brown pd 3

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  8. Although the Black Panthers were very hostile and confrontational, they were doing this because they needed protection and the government was turning against them. They called out the California legislator for trying to pass a legislation that would prohibit African Americans from carrying weapons like guns. I believe they were not terrorist but revolutionaries with violent tactics. I believe they turned to violence because the government was not listening to their wants. They fought to be heard so they could get an exceptional education, a great paying job, etc. In my opinion the government has evolved to being corrupt in my eyes because they don’t work to give citizens the things they deserve and need. The way the government responded was very unethical and disrespectful considering the laws that were being passed to “prevent” violence from occur. I believe the government’s response was inappropriate because it allowed those growing up during that era to continue to think treating African Americans that was suitable.

    Terryn Brown pd.4

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    1. I agree with what you said, you stated many facts about the Black Panthers.
      Kevin Merritt

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    2. I agree i also believe that they use of violence was both for protection and so that they could be heard. I also agree with the way the government responded being wrong and disrespectful.
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    3. I agree with you. If African Americans were given what they needed/deserved as citizens of the United States, no one would have to be hostile to be heard. Government should've promoted the positive movement were the leaders of, but they didn't because they were ignorant of the good they were doing.

      Anyea Chester, Period 3

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  9. As the Civil Rights endeavors pushed ahead the greater part of the activities considered to be peaceful. However the Black Panthers had diverse thought processes and needed to battle back against the roughness with viciousness. Established by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale they tested police brutality by conveying weapons. I feel as if they were progressives and not terrorist since they did it for a change. They needed to stop ruthlessness and the brutality that was going on and potentially spared numerous lives. The Government reaction was unbalanced yet in the meantime it is the administration and some reaction was required. In conclusion, it gave the Black Panthers the consideration that it required. They all were strong and determined women and men that gave it their all for what they looked up to and what they believed in. KIRA MERRITT PD.4

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    1. I like your vocabulary use and I like that you included that they were determined and strong.
      Terryn Brown pd. 4

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    2. I agree with what you said, you did good on stating factual evidence.
      Kevin Merritt

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    3. I agree with what you said and I like how you incorporated facts from the documentary.
      -Kendra Tate, period 4

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    4. I agree with this and how you mentioned that they did this for change in the nation.
      FARIDATOU ISSIAKO pd 4

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    5. I agree with what you mentioned, you did good by including evidence from the documentary and vocabulary.
      - Keara L, Period 4

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    6. I like the fact that you included the governments reaction to the party. They tried everything in their power to break the party because they felt threatened. I agree that they did this for the nation. Good Job!
      -Takiya Brown pd 3

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  10. After watching the black panther movie, in my opinion I believe that they were revolutionaries. I say this because they rebelled against the government in order to gain equality and stop police brutality against black. The only thing the black panthers wanted was to have good housing, education and freedom and the way the government treated them was unethical. I don't believe that they should have used informants to take down the panther party just because they felt threatened. Also the way the government reacted was cruel, they brutalized many black panther members such as Huey Newton who they almost killed him. Even though the government did what they had to do, they could have took proper precautions in stopping the black panther party so overall I believe that the governments way of responding to the black panthers were inappropriate.
    - Hakim Grandberry Pd4

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    1. I agree that the Black Panthers just wanted to have the chance to have the same equality as whites. I also agree that the governments way of responding was inappropriate because the Black Panthers did nothing, but stand up for what's right.
      -Kendra Tate, period 4

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    2. I agree with you that what the Black Panther seek to create a small community for themselves. I would have to say what the government did was shady and the methods to do so were almost unethical.
      - Zhong Lin, pd 4

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  11. After watching most of the documentary, I learned a bunch on what was going on through this time period and how chaotic it was for the Black Panthers. The Black Panther Party was a revolutionary socialist organization active in the United States from 1966 until 1980 something, and fought for their careers and having equality. Many African Americans joined the Black Panther Party because they wanted freedom, education, having a better way of life and wanted to put an end to police brutality. The Black Panthers hated oppression and killing of innocent people. Also government reaction to the Black Panthers was that they made programs to disrupt and bring members of the Black Panthers out of character.
    Kevin Merritt pd. 4

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    1. You mentioned something important, they do not kill innocent people, but people who treat them unkindly.

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    2. I really liked the way you included the details in your response.
      -Junaid Rehman Pd. 4

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    3. Yes I agree, the Black Panther Party was against oppression and did everything they can to stop it
      Afrah M pd.4

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  12. I like your understanding of the black panthers and how you used back up facts to support your understanding- Hakim Grandberry Pd4

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  13. The Black Panther Party led a powerful and influential movement. The movement intended to use forcefully violence if only it was necessary. The concept I believe was useful, but a little drastic. The panthers wanted to live without oppression, something hard to find within America among minority groups. The concept of fear can sometimes get people to act faster to solve any commotion.

    Quadasha Gilmore Pd. 4

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    1. I agree with your last sentence.
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  14. The Black Panther Party was a party that stood up for what's right. African Americans stood up for freedom, education, housing, etc. Not only did they want equality, but they wanted to be able to have the same opportunities as whites.
    -Kendra Tate, period 4

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  15. The Black Panther Party were revolutionaries. They were know as a group the wanted to stop the discrimination in the Nation but the differences between the civil rights movement and the Black Panthers Party was that they used violence as a key tool in their protest. The governments action was inappropriate, they were sacred and unhappy of the party. They created many groups and campaigns to take down the party. I believe the Black Panthers did a courageous job in getting their message across for education, housing and just stop police brutality. I also believe that they got what they wanted to a certain extent, because there is still police brutality to this day.
    FARIDATOU ISSIAKO, pd 4

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  16. Some see the the Black Panther Party as a threat and others as heroes that stood up against police injustice. Black Panther Party was initially created because of the injustice in their community and oppression. What strikes as inspirational was that it wasn't just only black that supported the Black Panther Party but also other people when evident during marches to free Huey. The members of the Black Panther Party bare arms and have ideology different from Dr. King Jr. protest practice. The group was not always about violence but rather they looked out for the community such as the creation of the children breakfast program. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover saw the the Black Panther Party as a threat and devised a plan to undermine the Black Panther Party. It seems almost unbelievable that the FBI would see the Black Panther as a threat because their group was all about community. After watching about half of the documentary I can believe that their causes were courageous and inspiring.
    - Zhong Lin pd. 4

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    1. I like your inspiration on the BPP.
      Jaeden Johnson Pd.4

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    2. I completely agree, this was good.
      -Keara L, Period 4

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    3. I agree with your point Zhong. You described the story really well.
      -Junaid Rehman pd. 4

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  17. The Black Panther Party was a group that was created to stop discrimination. but the black panthers believed in violence. They felt if the police approached them they did nothing but if they became aggressive they would get aggressive back. The BPP kept growing and growing and the government seen them as a threat. The BPP not only stood for violence but they also helped the black community with free clinics or free breakfast. I feel the BPP stood up for what they believed in and never backed down.
    Jaeden Johnson Pd.4

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  18. The Black Panthers were revolutionaries, and were created to stop the violence with the people. They were a group that believed in violence, but did not strike unless they were tried first. The government's reaction was not good, and their response was inappropriate. They created programs to disrupt and take out members of the party, and did anything they could to take out the whole movement.
    - Keara London, Period 4

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    1. Yeah I can also agree that they are revolutionaries that wanted to stop oppression. While it's a shame what the government did. Also by the way nice summary of the documentary.
      - Zhong Lin, Period 4

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  19. The Black Panthers were a group that were created to help stop the violence and discrimination amongst people. Although they were aggressive, striking first was not the first action they took. In response, the government's action was not very good. Also, the government tried everything to cut the programs and take the Black Panthers out.
    - Junaid Rehman, Pd. 4

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    1. yes the black panthers were very aggressive at times i agree.
      Anycia Swanson

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    2. Yes I agree, the black panthers were aggressive but that was not their pure intention.
      Afrah M pd4

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    3. Yes i do agree with you when you say that the black panther party was very agrressive

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  20. The Black Panthers in my opinion were not a terrorist group. The government especially President Hoover had the FBI track many people of the Black Panther party. The FBI wanted to destroy the Black Panthers. The FBI manipulated the police into treating them as if they were terrorist, what the government was doing was wrong. I feel like the government pushed the Black Panthers to commit acts of Violence. They did a lot for their communities and in the beginning of the movement they were very peaceful, there was not much violence going on in the movement. The Black Panther Movement were just determined to gain equality for their people.
    Estefania Ledesma pd.4

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    1. I agree if not for the FBI and police then the panthers might not of become as violent as they did. All they wanted was equality and the government would not even allow them that they had to turn it into something bad.
      -Aniyah Murray PD4

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    2. I agree when you say that the black panthers did plenty for their community.

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  21. The Black Panther was an organization made to help and protect the black community. They made sure not only their family, but everyone that supported what they were doing and was against how the FBI and Local Police they called pigs, was wrong. They took the panther as their symbol because like the panther, they wont attack first, they would stand back until threatened again. In response to the Black Panther the government would do anything they could to destroy this organization

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  22. I believe the black panthers were revolutionaries. The Black Panther Party changes the way normal citizens thought about police brutality and injustice. The party was not created as a violent anti-white movement. The Black Panther Party was created to intrude only when the police unjustly used violence against innocent citizens. The Government however did not see it this way and only responded negatively to this movement.

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    1. i totally agree without especially the part when you said against innocent citizens
      Anycia Swanson

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    2. I agree. I think the fact that they appeared to be violent is why the government got involved, even though that wasn't the case.

      Anyea Chester, Period 3

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    3. I see your point, the party was not created as an anti-white movement. They did a lot of community work and they were not built on hate but in search for equality.
      Estefania Ledesma pd4

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  23. Watching the film i find the Black Panther Party to not be terrorist. While yes they may be hostile but they never made a hostile move unless provoked. If not for the added violence on the law enforcement part like the death of panther Bobby they would of continued to of done what they originally did. The government response to the Panthers was unnecessary and wrong the only real reason they had a problem with the panthers was because they were beginning to become influential across the nation. The pig imagery is a good example when panthers took to calling police pigs it did not bother them but when other especially young people they saw it as a problem. The FBI also were a problem they labeled them as terrorist because they were influential among the people and because they felt threatened the government group did all they could to stop them even blackmailing other African Americans into working on the inside to gather information. All the Panthers wanted was equality, freedom from the white supremacy and the end to the brutalization of African Americans they only used violence as protection and if the need arose, So no they were not terrorist. The Black Panthers were influential revolutionaries who were able to inspire those across the nation without meaning to and were labeled wrongly because of it.

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    1. I agree with what you are saying, at the beginning the party was very peaceful, intimidating but peaceful. It was the government who corrupted them.
      Estefania Ledesma pd4

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    2. Great job including details. I like how you defended the panthers and said their true goals in making the party.

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    3. I also think that the governments response to the Black Panthers was not driven by there believe that they were a terrroist group. Instead I think that the governments was a little racist. I also think that if their main concern was to stop terrorist group they would have stop the KKK which had been around for much longer and is what I consider a terrorist group.

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  24. I believe the Black Panthers made a big difference in the Civil Rights Movement because they represented something other than nonviolence and intimidated the cruel white people that caused blacks harm. No, the Black Panthers were not terrorists, they simple did not put up with police and white supremacy brutality. Instead, they used intimidating tactics to get what they wanted. I feel that I too would have joined the Panthers because they used tactics that i think exerted power on society and let people know they could not walk all over them. I do not believe the government's response to this organization was appropriate because there were laws in place that let people including blacks carry firearms and they were not hidden from the public, they were in plain sight.

    Anycia Swanson, Period 4

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    1. Melani Zawadski Period 3

      I love this summary, I can tell you have very good, strong opinions about the Black Panthers. I can also tell you really payed attention to the video and expressed the way you felt about it in a very creative and thoughtful way.

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  25. The black panthers were revolutionaries, and in no way in my opinion terrorists. They promoted self-defense against law enforcement, and were ready to use violence only if necessary. I believe the government were the terrorists in this battle for equality, because they stated in writing that they wanted to neutralize the Black Panthers, whether it was making them informants, sending to jail, or even killing them. I believe because the organization was intimidating and African American, the government thought it was appropriate to intervene; but I believe it was inappropriate and unnecessary. The Black Panthers was a group of men and women who were not violent in nature, and were able to get their message across using other tactics. They created a movement to allow people to be confident in themselves and did positive things in the community, but all the government saw were the guns.

    Anyea Chester, Period 3

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  26. After watching the documentary and understanding the Black Panther Party, they were not a group of terrorists but simply revolutionaries. Many people outside of the group would think they spread harm, but all they were doing was trying to gain decent housing, education and to stop the oppression that was against them from white supremacy. The Black Panther Party was a group of self defense. The way the government treated them, caused them to act. They would not cause violence without a reason. I believe it was very inappropriate of the gov. to treat the party with disrespect and try to stop their campaign, after all they wanted he equality that they were guaranteed.
    -Afrah Mohamednur, pd4

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    1. I completely agree, Afrah. I like how you backed up your statement that they are not terrorist. Good job.

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    2. I also think that they are not terrorists. If they were truly terrorist they would have bad intentions, but instead they simply want the same rights as other people and be treated as equal. This is why I believe that they are not terrorists.

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  27. In my opinion i believe that that Black Panthers were clearly not terrorist but more to say revolutionary people; i mean look at how it is today.One can not simply say that the Black Panthers'movements were more of a corruption to our nation then a revolution that started more and more powerful leadership movements. I honestly feel like if police wouldn't enforce the violence, the Black Panther Party wouldn't seem so hostile. The governments response to the the issue was very unnecessary and wrong because they realized that the movement was alive across the nation. I feel like the government could have took proper precautions toward the whole situation.

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    1. Melani Zawadski Period 3

      This is a very well written summary that shows me you really were interested in the movie and were paying attention the whole entire time.

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  28. Melani Zawadski Period 3

    The Black Panther Party was a self defense group that was defending itself from the abuse the police was giving to blacks at the time. They had weapons which they took with them to scare the white people and to make them not hurt them. They did it all to protect themselves and the black community since there was very harsh racism at the time. What they did was brave and it spread to other countries.

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  29. It is my believe that the black panthers are indeed revolutionaries, if a little violent. It is my believe that they did not have bad intentions. They were a self defense group who would stand outside with armed guns. In the movie it showed how the government wanted to pass a law that said people could not be in public with loaded guns. The black panthers claimed that Whites were trying to leave people of color defenseless. The first person that died from the black panther was a 17 year old. Huey and Bobby which were members of the black panther both went to jail. I thought that this movie really displayed a different side of the black panthers that I had never seen before.

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  30. The black panthers were different from Martin Lurther King groups because they did not practice non-violence. They believed in fighting back for their rights and that non violence would never work. They practiced self defense.

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