White Panthers discuss threats against them

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KPIX Eyewitness news report from August 12, 1976 featuring a spokesman for the White Panthers, a left-wing organization that was begun at Huey P. Newton's suggestion, addressing members of a police commission. He informs them that he has been the victim of threats, some of them from the President of the Police Officers Association. Includes views of representatives from both the White Panthers and the San Francisco Police Department at a roundtable discussing matters related to their respective organizations. Remastered, edited and catalogued for the web by Shira Peltzman.

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archival newsfilm
16mm color, co-magnetic sound film
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KPIX 131892

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White Panther Party was organized by John Sinclair in Michigan, 1968. Sinclair also managed the MC5, early punk rock group. White Panther Party San Francisco Chapter operated until 1986. Their office was burned out in 1976 and members constantly harassed by police. There was also a White Panther Party in the UK during the early 1970s. All fighting against racism and oppression.

Wonderful to see this history being made available to the public. The narrative of solidarity building within Black, Brown, Red, Yellow and White activist organizations in US history has always been one sided and often negative. The Black Panther Party and White Panther Party worked side by side for many years from 1968 till the BPP ceased to exist in 1982. 

But that history and other activist coalitions need also be told and shared with the public in order to form a more complete and constructive perspective of US history in Race, culture and class relations.

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