Thursday, November 28, 2013

HENRY LOUIS GATES IGNORES FBI MURDER OF PANTHER


COMMENT ON "A MORE PERFECT UNION" SERIES BY HENRY LOUIS GATES ON PBS.  It certainly jogged my memory and was quite comprehensive in presenting the history of African Americans in U.S.  But was very weak in its presentation of the Black Panther Party's history.  Ignored was its socialist roots and anti-imperialist teachings.  Above all, it ignored the FBI AND CHICAGO POLICE ASSASSINATION OF PANTHER FRED HAMPTON

The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther"

FROM AMY GOODMAN'S DEMOCRACY NOW

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Today marks the fortieth anniversary of the death of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. On December 4th, 1969, Chicago police raided Fred Hampton’s apartment and shot and killed him in his bed. He was just twenty-one years old. Black Panther leader Mark Clark was also killed in the raid. While authorities claimed the Panthers had opened fire on the police who were there to serve a search warrant for weapons, evidence later emerged that told a very different story: that the FBI, the Cook County state’s attorney’s office and the Chicago police conspired to assassinate Fred Hampton. We speak with attorney Jeffrey Haas, author of The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How theFBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther. [includes rush transcript]