Unformatted text preview: The Party began to decline in the late 60s as a result of internal divisions over policy, and its leaders’ legal battles. When reading the Black Panther’s “Ten Point Plan” I was struck by how radical some of their proposals were. Although it is completely reasonable to demand an end to police brutality, and a good education, some of the Panthers’ other demands seem totally excessive. The best example of this is the demand for the immediate release of all prisoners held in jails. There is no denying that the legal system was very flawed in those days, however most people being held in jails had committed a crime, and a blanket amnesty would cause chaos. I can understand demanding an honest review of any conviction that had the appearance of racial impropriety, but releasing all prisoners is totally impractical....
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- Summer '09
- J. Edgar Hoover, poor working class, Black Panther Movement, nationwide socialist movement, unprovoked police shootings