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The Black Panthers and the Political Process Theory We want land bread housing education clothing justice and peace This statement was the rallying call for Blacks across the nation to stand up and take what was owed to them Armed with sincerity the knowledge of such greats as Mao Tse-Tung and Malcolm X law books and rifles the Black Panther Party fed the hungry protected the weak from racist police and presented a new theoretical perspective of Black political and social activism Through this new perspective we gain knowledge of a group which rose out of the classical theoretical explanation of the political process theory Throughout this paper the political process theory will be used to explain the goals emergence and tactics of the Black Panther Party Founded in October of 1966 by Bobby Seale and Huey P Newton in Oakland Ca the Black Panther Party was formed in response to the growing problem of police brutality towards blacks The Black Panthers originally felt that violent revolution was the only means of achieving black liberation In order to achieve liberation the party called on all blacks to arm themselves for the struggle The Black Panther Party was formed in order to free all people from all forms of slavery so that every man may be his own master For the vast majority of the white public and the white power structure the Panthers represented only anti-governmental militancy The BPs viewpoint led to intense scrupulation by the authorities In the end it also led to several deaths at the hands of police and the FBI For those who were not killed the threat of incarceration was ever present For some affiliated blacks like Panther Minister of Information Eldridge Cleaver they would be arrested on what often seemed to be made up charges Despite the governments hostility the organization flourished throughout the early 1070s It swept across Black America and attracted some of the most
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