The Black Panther Party
The Black Panther Party was an all black social reform group that aimed to incorporate equality for all. The Black Panthers were armed with weapons and taught in militant self-defense when their communities were attacked, or other members of the Black Panther Party were harmed. The Black Panther Party was founded by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale on October 15th 1966. The Black Panthers main focus was to protect minorities against the police force, whom more often than not, attacked the minorities for no reason at all.
As time went on, the Black Panther Party’s ideas and agendas had changed as well and the Ten Point Program was established. The Ten Point Program is a set of demands that the Black Panthers believed should be met in order for them to live a happy equal life to the whites. The Ten Point Program had demands such as, full employment of the black community, housing fit for human living, and freedom for all minorities. Knowing the Ten Points was part of the initiation of being in the Black Panther Party, they could not be in the party unless they knew the Ten Points by heart. The full list can be seen here: http://www.blackpanther.org/TenPoint.htm.
To be enlisted into the Black Panther Party, one would have to follow a set of rules. The rules were put into place so the Black Panthers could be in good health while working, and are in the right state of mind, plus they had a moral code of ethics as well. For example, the Black Panthers could not be drunk while doing party work, they could not be involved with any sort of drugs that could harm their health and the health of the party, and the Black Panthers could not steel from anyone or commit crimes upon people in the Party or the black community. Other important aspects of the rules include learning how to use weapons, and filling out work daily saying what work you completed on that day. The Black Panther Party rules also included 8 Points of Attention which listed how the Black Panthers should act, including returning anything they borrow, not hitting or swearing at people, and speaking fairly to all. The last part of the rules that the Black Panthers had to follow were 3 Main Rules of Discipline: Obey orders in all your actions, do not take a single needle or piece of thread from the poor and oppressed masses and turn in everything captured from the attacking enemy. The full set of rules can be seen here: http://www.marxists.org/history/usa/workers/black-panthers/unknown-date/party-rules.htm
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