(United Front Against Fascism conference)
ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE! You can do better than that. All Power to the people! Right on!
Huey P. Newton says, "Any unarmed people are slaves, or are subject to slavery at any given moment. If the guns are taken out of the hands of the people and only the pigs have guns, then it's off to the concentration camps, the gas chambers, or whatever the fascists in America come up with. One of the democratic rights of the United States, the Second Amendment to the Constitution, gives the people the right to bear arms. However, there is a greater right; the right of human dignity that gives all men the right to defend themselves."
As the black liberation struggle in the United States developed from a lower to a higher level, from a lunch counter sit-in in Alabama to guerrilla type actions all across the United States, we saw and we see the demagogues beginning their campaign against 'crime in the streets.' We see the demagogues mobilizing supporters, the forces of fascism under the philosophy of 'law and order,' the guise under which fascism is growing in America. Backing up the rhetoric of the demagogue is the "beefing up" of the gestapo pig police forces all across America. In addition, more and more gun control legislation, the guise under which the people are being unarmed, is being passed every day to take away the democratic right to bear arms, which in turn dehumanizes you by preventing you from exercising your human right to self-defense.
Eldridge Cleaver said, "The oppressor has no rights that the oppressed are bound to respect." Because those people that own and control the institutions of finance capital, the Rockefellers, the Kennedys, the Hunts, etc., want to maintain their control because they want to maintain the oppression and exploitation of mankind. They do not have the right to dispatch their fascist troops through the cities of America to brutalize and murder to maintain their terror over the people. The only way they can exercise their right to oppress and exploit you is if you give up your right to human dignity, and do not defend yourself.
We, the members of the Black Panther Party, say there is an alternative to fighting racism, other than with more racism. We say the way to fight racism is with solidarity. We also say the only alternative to the violence perpetrated against the people by the fascist troops of finance capital or slavery, is revolution.
Many people throughout America have not decided or even dealt with how they're gonna deal with the power of finance capital as manifested in those fascist pig police forces. But, black people, unorganized, have shown through the many rebellions that they ain't goin' for it. Huey P. Newton didn't for it. The Black Panther Party ain't goin' for it. Los Siete de la Raza didn't go for it. You'd better make up your minds quick. Because [ ] don't see much time left. Black people in general, may not relate to the word, or the definitions of fascism as articulated by Dimitrov but black people sure relate to the social practice of 400 years of brutality and murder perpetrated on us by the fathers of fascism. Huey P. Newton says, "racist dog police must withdraw from the black community, or face the wrath of the armed people. The Black Panther Party has a motto. It is a quote by Chairman Mao Tse Tung of the Chinese Communist Party, "We are advocates of the abolition of war. We do not want war, but war can only be abolished through war. In order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to pick up the gun." POWER TO THE PEOPLE!