J. Edgar Hoover once called the Black Panther Party for Self Defense ”the greatest threat to the internal security of this country”. Um,okay. At first I was looking at this quote from just one angle, but if you think about it they stood for a lot of things that many Americans with a mindset like Hoover did not want. So, they were a threat but definitely not a negative/bad one. One definition of ”internal security” means upholding the national law and defending against internal security threats. Yet when I analyze Hoover’s quote, what he really meant was ”keeping the order of things the same way” and not acting, disturbing, or speaking out against unfair mistreatment/ racism in our society. The Black Panther Party were not about being racist or spreading a hateful message, but they believed in being revolutionary/rebellious concerning the mistreatment/societal issues in our country. In Hoover’s mind this was a great threat to our country’s internal security. Of course, just like all other organizations there were some members who were not really for the party’s cause, however the Black Panther Party were doing great things in the community like helping children learn, get healthy breakfasts, and basically following a belief that is totally fine with me and makes a lot of sense: Self Defense. The problem is, since they were black, armed, and speaking out against the horrible things happening on a mass mainstream level to African Americans and other minority groups….it was a problem. They were a younger generation who did not want to necessarily follow Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s method ,had revolutionary mindsets, and this was threatening to many. Unfortunately and sadly, COINTELPRO and other illegal projects caused total destruction to the Black Panther Party, which included assassinating people like Fred Hampton, harassment, and etc. This video is a great example of how The Black Panther Party For Self Defense had learning centers and positive resources in inner city communities. But nevertheless, Hoover said this was the greatest threat to the internal security of our country. I wonder why.
The video speaks for itself. Fatboy Slim, one of my favorite musical artist, decided to use a rather amusing storyline and masterpiece of a video to describe a powerful message. Bottom line, if we don’t know the characteristics of a person’s personality or the qualities of their soul, then let’s not assume things about them simply based on the outer appearance or ethnic background. We are all individuals with our own unique traits that help define who we are. As humans, we all are prone to judging others in some way or another. However, it is very simple minded to simply judge someone based on their skin tone or heritage background. If we must judge someone, then base the judgment from the energy that they send out. Are they trying to be good-hearted? Are they choosing to do negative/foul things? Not, what their ethnic background is or the color of their skin. Bottom line, stereotyping or assuming things about someone does not really tell a lot about them…it actually says a lot about you.