The searing, visionary memoir of founding Black Panther Huey P. Newton, in a dazzling graphic package
Eloquently tracing the birth of a revolutionary, Huey P. Newton's famous and oft-quoted autobiography is as much a manifesto as a portrait of the inner circle of America's Black Panther Party. From Newton's impoverished childhood on the streets of Oakland to his adolesc...more
'Revolutionary Suicide' will definitely give you a sense of what Dr. Newton envisioned of the BPP movement, and some of the underlying phil…moreHi Turkel!
'Revolutionary Suicide' will definitely give you a sense of what Dr. Newton envisioned of the BPP movement, and some of the underlying philosophies that guided its members. However, if you wish for a more historical account of what organizing in the BPP looked like, I couldn't make a greater recommendation than to search out the first-hand accounts of former party members, male and female. Multiple accounts are important for understanding the scope and complexity of the organization and movement. Cheers!(less)
I knew Huey as a child and I didn't like him. In fact, I was afraid of him. I'd hide behind my father every time I saw him. From the time of his death until now, I've learned more about the man he was, before I was born, and the organization he created. Even still, I knew nothing. Revolutionary Su ...more
I learned a lot. More than I can write here. Because this book creates a dialogue. You need to react to this book out loud. It begs you to argue with its ideas.
It also shows the contemporary reader how little things have changed in the police vs black man. And if this white woman can see that, I cannot even fathom how horrible the reality is.
What is clear from the first page is that Newton's plan for the Black Panthers was rooted in a deeply researched understanding of ideas from canonical thinkers like Plato and Fanon. This makes sense given the realities Newton f ...more
I do wish that he had spoken more of ...more
'When I think back on the meetings in that storefront, it seems to me that religion made an impression in a more important, yet less direct, way. It has nothing to do with a personal system belief, but rather an awareness of what religious action can or ought to be. Something remarkable was taking place during every p ...more
Last year in the UK the government passed a policy that banned books being sent into prisons and after reading Revolutionary Suicide, this new law has saddened me even more than it originally did. A large chunk of Huey's book is dedicated to how Huey's exposure to books is what sparked and carried his change as a man. Just like Malcolm, the books these me ...more
His parents sought solace in religion amongst an impoverished black community in Oakland, always burdened by the bills, the bills, the bills. He went through a racialised education system that stunted his sense of self, undermining his confidence and his ability to do well at school, and by the time he reached his last year of high school he was functionally illiterate. He admired his older brother Melvin, who awaken ...more
BUT i will include this one; “... the United States is an empire, not a nation, and the way prisoners and minorities are treated here has a definite relation to the way the American power structure treats people around the world.”
this autobiography is freaking amazing from beginning to end and this ~review~ isn’t gonna do it any justice because it was just that g ...more
For anyone interested in the Black Panther Party or are interested in the decadent, racist, and corrupt system of the United States of America this is absolutely a must read.
I thought this was a great, straight forward look at Newton's (and the Black Panthers) ideology and beliefs and how his party came together and what tore them apart, and his own experiences with the law and the justice system. I thought his voice was refreshing and feel sham ...more
The BPP’s major goals and actions are not consistent with violent overthrow of capitalism and the US government, despite the rhetoric some ...more
One criticism I have is Newton's homofobia. It only comes up once, but it's also in a dismissive fashio ...more
Huey's words are immaculate, and universal to anyone with a sense for ...more
This book was written fifty years ago--the descriptions of the despair and anger of Black ...more
Revolutionary suicide does not mean that I and my comrades have a death wish; it means just the opposite. We have such a strong desire to live with hope and human dignity that existence without them is impossible. When reactionary forces crush us, we must move against these forces, even at the risk of death. We will have to be driven out with a stick.”