From Sean Malloy’s

“[W]e saying that theory’s cool,” proclaimed Illinois BPP chairman Fred Hampton in 1969, “but theory with no practice ain’t shit.” (3)

For all their weaknesses and failings, the Panthers offered a challenge to capitalism and white supremacy that directly confronted American liberals’ complicity in both of those oppressive forces as well as the violence that undergirded daily life for people of color in the United States and around the world. Central to this analysis, and crucial to the party’s growth and endurance, was an approach that was fundamentally international both in its critique and its connections. While often criticized for being divisive, the BPP was at the forefront of a movement among those seeking to link people of color in the United States, antiracist white allies at home and in Europe, and governments and movements in the Third World. Though messy and flawed in practice, the Panthers’ coalition-building efforts were far more ambitious and inclusive then [sic] those of contemporary movements that either confined their ambitions within the borders of United States or insisted that class and race were somehow mutually exclusive categories in organizing for revolution. (15-6)

Out of Oakland follows the injunction of former BPP and BLA member Nuh Washington, who declared from behind bars, “Our history, the good and the bad, must be analyzed and summarized for other revolutionaries. . . . Let us learn from our mistakes and not feel ashamed. After all, we did a lot, knowing little. (17)

Out of Oakland: Black Panther Party Internationalism During the Cold War (2017)

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Donghyun Woo

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