On Thursday, December 4, 1969, at 4:30 am, the Chicago police stormed the apartment of a brilliant and charismatic leader of the Black Panther Party named Fred Hampton, 21.
While he was asleep, a Chicago officer executed him at point-blank range with bullets through his brain.
Before the police conspired with the F.B.I. and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to murder Hampton, he previously said,
“I’m not afraid to say I’m at war with the pigs.”
The war against baleful pigs remains.
Today, the term “pigs,” among several uses, is a pejorative term for the police.
But for the Black Panthers, they didn’t narrowly define or confine their slogans and terms.
The phrase, “all power to all the people” meant more than Black people, and similarly, the term “pigs” meant more than the police.
Bobby Seale, a founder of the Black Panther Party, told the Guardian in 1970 that a pig is anyone who systematically violates the constitutional rights of the people — be them monopoly capitalists or the police.
It’s the pigs and the people who got it twisted and left it stuck.
Hampton, who was a revolutionist, also said pigs can be any color. He called for an international proletarian revolutionary struggle, and America slaughtered him for his struggle.
America has always had a particular and persistent angst and ire with Black leaders.
In August 2017, a memo from the F.B.I. went to thousands of police departments to warn against and target what the F.B.I. called “Black Identity Extremists.”
In a white-supremacist society, a “Black Identity Extremist” must be any Black person who refuses to be the possession and property of whiteness.
Since 2001, far-right, and white, groups have committed 73% of deadly domestic terrorism in America, so, the F.B.I.’s recent memo on “Black Identity Extremists” is really racist.
The leaked memo from August 2017, reminds people of J. Edgar Hoover’s counterintelligence program to stop a “Black Messiah” by any means necessary.
Forty-eight years after the police assassinated Fred Hampton, the F.B.I. arrested Rakem Balogun, on December 12, 2017, under their latest efforts, but a judge later dismissed the charges.
However, some people — mostly white — still think those who address and protest racism seek to maintain divisions. The people quick with those words only want to silence people and do nothing more.
Hampton and other Black Panthers said, we don’t fight racism with racism; we fight racism with solidarity.
Hampton believed in a class struggle and he said, regardless of your color, there are two classes — people and pigs.
For Hampton, the people were the oppressed, and the pigs were the oppressors. He worked to put power in the hands of the oppressed people.
His branch of the Panthers showed that a united group can resolve their conflicts and fight bigger battles.
One theory of psychology to resolve conflict between groups is to focus the groups on goals that require mutual cooperation and yield mutual rewards.
In that spirit, Hampton’s chapter of the Black Panthers in Chicago formed the original Rainbow Coalition — unrelated to the organization Jesse Jackson later formed.
The Rainbow Coalition was a multiracial group of working-class people united against police brutality and economic injustice.
The coalition included poor whites in the Young Patriots Organization who used the confederate flag as a recruiting tool among whites — even as they wore “Free Huey!” buttons.
Eventually, the Young Patriots dropped the confederate flag. But a surviving picture of Black Panthers and Young Patriots — sitting together under a confederate flag and Black Panther posters — is still a solidarity that’s shocking.
The pigs didn’t like that solidarity; they relished dividing people with slop.
These days, we have more words for oppressors than pigs. But the pigs haven’t left or flown away.
Predatory capitalism is a pig. If it doesn’t change, it will create more wealth inequalities.
Politics is a pig. If it doesn’t change, it will create more Trumps, Bushes, and Clintons.
The criminal justice system is a pig. If it doesn’t change, it will keep stacking Black and Brown bodies.
There are more pig issues, and the pig issues are the big issues.
Today, the spirit of the Panthers must fight pigs for the people.
People and pundits say America is polarized, and it’s true.
Our polarity comes from pigs, and it’s a problem we fix with solidarity on the side of the people.
If we want to solve the problem of tribes, it seems we have to go wide and collectively focus on the pigs.
With these slippery pigs, solidarity can pen them, and that’s how we’ll win against them.
“We say primarily that the priority of this struggle is class…a revolution is a class struggle.”
— Fred Hampton, August 30, 1948 — December 4, 1969.
Their Racial Biases are Premeditated, and that means Premeditated Murder
Charge killing police officers, and then charge them with the highest crime
If white racism is Black power, then I will use that power to get even
Maybe that’s why racists deny racism