[Pnews] The Black Panthers Didn’t Fight Symbols

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  The Black Panthers Didn’t Fight Symbols

Glen Ford - 13 Sep 2017
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*The Black Panthers Didn’t Fight Symbols*

*/“/**/Johnny Reb’s footprint on the landscape is tiny compared to the 
5,000 state and federal prisons and jails that crater the nation.”/*

New York state prison guards assaulted and seriously injured 69 year-old 
former Black Panther Herman 
Bell<http://sfbayview.com/2017/09/political-prisoner-herman-bell-assaulted/>, 
this week, a totally unprovoked beating timed to sabotage his chances 
for parole after more than 40 
years<http://www.freehermanbell.org/Bio.html> behind bars. In 
neighboring New Jersey, former Panther Sundiata Acoli 
<https://blackagendareport.com/sundiata_acoli_denied_parole> was denied 
parole last December shortly before his 80th birthday. Acoli has been 
behind bars since 1973, and eligible for parole since 1992. His next 
parole hearing won’t come up for another 15 years -- when Acoli is 95 
years old.

Dozens of elderly Black activists remain entombed in a gulag that has 
expanded seven-fold since the federal government crushed the Black 
liberation movement and established a national Black Mass Incarceration 
State. Although slightly less than half the 2.3 million gulag inmates 
are African Americans, the system’s founding rationale and central 
mission is race-based: to contain, control, and facilitate the removal 
of Black people from U.S. society. Although the U.S. is home to five 
times more whites than Blacks, African Americans outnumber 
whites<https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/rates.html> in U.S. prisons 
and jails.

Black mass incarceration has been quite popular, historically -- a 
proven vote-getter among whites in all regions of the country. However, 
what goes around, comes around. In building the world’s largest prison 
system to house the mostly non-white prey of the planet’s most intrusive 
police state, the U.S. has condemned to the dungeons millions of 
non-targeted whites -- unintended, collateral damage of the race wars 
that birthed the nation and built an empire.

*/“The system’s founding rationale and central mission is race-based: to 
contain, control, and facilitate the removal of Black people from U.S. 
society./*

As BAR contributor Danny Haiphong writes in this week’s issue 
<https://blackagendareport.com/united-states-racist-monument-tear-it-down>, 
“Prisons in the U.S. are monuments that enforce terror against oppressed 
people.” Indeed, these monuments to present-day oppression are far more 
numerous than the Confederate symbols that are the focus of current 
conflict. The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified 1,503 physical 
symbols of the 
Confederacy<https://www.splcenter.org/20160421/whose-heritage-public-symbols-confederacy>, 
including 718 monuments and statues and 109 public schools, 80 counties 
and 10 military bases named for Confederate icons. Yet, Johnny Reb’s 
footprint on the landscape is tiny compared to the 5,000 state and 
federal prisons and jails, plus about 1,000 juvenile and tribal 
detention facilities that crater the nation – a vast infrastructure of 
race and class rule.

The so-called “alt-right has been hard-pressed to gather more than a few 
hundred Nazis, Klansmen and right-wing militia to make a stand around 
Confederate landmarks. But, this rag-tag “fascist threat” is dwarfed by 
the 431,600 prison 
guards<https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333012.htm#nat> that staff 
America’s penal monuments to the dictatorship of rich white men.

It is commendable and necessary to go blow-for-blow in the streets 
against predatory racist gangs. It is also clear that Donald Trump is 
giving political aid and comfort to today’s sons and daughters of the 
old Confederacy who, although not yet able to mass in large numbers, 
could do so in the future. But that threat pales in comparison to the 
three-quarters of million sworn police officers that strut the streets 
of America, killing Black and brown people with impunity and dragg 
hundreds of thousands into the gulag every year. According to Police 
magazine<http://www.policemag.com/channel/patrol/articles/2016/09/the-2016-police-presidential-poll.aspx>, 
84 percent of cops supported Donald Trump for president. The statistic 
is no surprise, but points up the real threat to Black lives and the 
rule of law: the state, itself.

The same state that Herman Bell and Sundiata Acoli resisted, two 
generations ago.

*/BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at 
Glen.Ford at BlackAgendaReport.com<mailto:Glen.Ford at BlackAgendaReport.com>./*

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