This episode Red and I are discussing the Black Panther Party. We recorded this episode last week before the terrorist attack in Charleston, in case you’re wondering why we don’t mention it, since it is exactly the type of thing that the Panthers were working to prevent. It also brings to my mind something else we didn’t touch on, the campaign against the Panthers (and other civil rights groups and the left in general) by the police and the FBI. While FBI and police forces worked tirelessly to crush the civil rights movement, they did work of (and some worked with) the white supremacist terrorist groups in the United States, like the KKK, who even though we’re waging a “War on Terror” against, have never been the serious target of the government, because one of the most important functions of the state under capitalism is to be a force of repression, and maintain the privileged status of the capitalists. Which for a country like the United States means the the government will act against progress and the left, and work with, directly or indirectly, the extreme right. From J Edgar Hoover going after Martin Luther Jr. to the NSA plotting with Wall St. executives to assassinate the leaders of Occupy. This latest attack won’t change terror policy, the government won’t go after Neo-Nazis and the KKK with the same gusto it goes after groups who are equally terrible in the Middle East, because we live in a racist society and it is in the interests of the capitalists, and thus the government, to keep racism alive and well. After all if the workers are too busy blaming skin color for the problems that plague our society, they won’t notice the real perpetrators of societal dysfunction, the capitalists.
Episode 4-3: The Black Panther Party (53 Mins, 48 MBs)
Cracked tells us why Forest Gump racist and sexist.
Likewise Cracked tells us why Back to the Future is horrible
And an article about the Red Cross in Haiti that we briefly mentioned