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Black Against Empire by Joshua Bloom
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it was amazing
Read 2 times. Last read April 2018 to May 2018.

A very valuable book. I had read several books by Panthers, and chapters in anthologies about them. This is the first book I've read (listened to) that looks at the Panthers from Oakland in 1967 through 1972, when their internal contradictions resulted in them no longer being a truly national organization. The writers are academics, but they are decent historians. In their view, the Panthers didn't have guidance from a consistent theoretical perspective. Rather, they developed a line, or a fighting plan, and then their practice changed over time as conditions changed. They started with their self-defense program, which was necessary given police terror in the occupation of Black communities. It was also possible because of the laws in California, which allowed the carrying of weapons, including in vehicles, as long as they were not concealed. Also while in a vehicle, there could be no shells in the chamber. Once exiting the vehicle, a shell could be loaded into the chamber. This is what they did when they encountered threats from cops when Panthers would try to observe the cops.

(To be continued)
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April, 2018 – Started Reading
May, 2018 – Finished Reading
June 13, 2018 – Shelved
June 13, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read

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