Mumia Abu-Jamal: The genius of Huey P. Newton
To those of us who were alive and sentient, the name Huey P. Newton evokes an era of mass resistance, of Black popular protest and of the rise of revolutionary organizations across the land. To tho…
This is a very interesting article.
It is history that very few people know, stated from the unique vantage point of the writer being internationally acclaimed as a journalist, as an active member of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, and as someone who knew Dr. Huey P Newton. I am particularly fond of and recommend highly Dr. Newton’s book “War Against the Panthers: A study of Repression in America.”
The article is also written while the writer is entombed and fighting for his life against another of the U.S. government’s state sanctioned and concerted attempts at his assassination, this time, via medical neglect.
It is also informative to note that Dr. Newton earned a Ph.D. in social philosophy at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1980. and that his book, “War Against the Panthers: A Study of Political Repression in America,” was first presented as his doctoral dissertation, entitled by the same name, before it was published in book form.
Another interesting essay to read by Dr. Huey P Newton is his essay on the Melvin van Peebles movie, “Sweet Sweet Back’s Bad Ass Song.” The essay is difficult to find, but he devoted an entire issue of the Black Panther Party Newspaper to his 1971 critique, in which he said in part that Sweetback was a cultural reflection of the same types of political ideas that the Panthers championed, suggested that the movie was the “first truly revolutionary black film,” and made Sweetback required viewing for members of the Black Panther Party.
According to Wikipedia, Dr. Newton devoted “an entire issue of The Black Panther to the film’s revolutionary implications, celebrated and welcomed the film as “the first truly revolutionary Black film made […] presented to us by a Black man.” Newton wrote that Sweetback “presents the need for unity among all members and institutions within the community of victims,” contending that this is evidenced by the opening credits which state the film stars “The Black Community,” a collective protagonist engaged in various acts of community solidarity that aid Sweetback in escaping. Newton further argued that “the film demonstrates the importance of unity and love between Black men and women,” as demonstrated “in the scene where the woman makes love to the young boy but in fact baptizes him into his true manhood.”
Malaika H Kambon