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Sat May 12, 2012, 07:37 PM

"Looking Back at Huey Newton’s Thoughts on Gay Rights…

In the Wake of Obama’s Endorsement"

From: Davey D's Hip Hop Corner-(The Blog)
http://hiphopandpolitics.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/looking-back-at-huey-newtons-thoughts-on-gay-rights-in-the-wake-of-obamas-endorsement/

This was a speech given August 15 1970 by Huey Newton co-founder of the Black Panther Party..here he addresses the issue of Gay Rights… Its serious food for thought coming in the aftermath of President Obama endorsing Same-sex Message…

During the past few years strong movements have developed among women and among homosexuals seeking their liberation. There has been someuncertainty about how to relate to these movements.

Whatever your personal opinions and your insecurities about
homosexuality and the various liberation movements among homosexuals
and women (and I speak of the homosexuals and women as oppressed
groups), we should try to unite with them in a revolutionary fashion.
I say ” whatever your insecurities are” because as we very well know,
sometimes our first instinct is to want to hit a homosexual in the
mouth, and want a woman to be quiet. We want to hit a homosexual in
the mouth because we are afraid that we might be homosexual; and we
want to hit the women or shut her up because we are afraid that she
might castrate us, or take the nuts that we might not have to start
with.

We must gain security in ourselves and therefore have respect and
feelings for all oppressed people. We must not use the racist attitude
that the White racists use against our people because they are Black
and poor. Many times the poorest White person is the most racist
because he is afraid that he might lose something, or discover
something that he does not have. So you’re some kind of a threat to
him. This kind of psychology is in operation when we view oppressed
people and we are angry with them because of their particular kind of
behavior, or their particular kind of deviation from the established
norm.

Remember, we have not established a revolutionary value system; we are
only in the process of establishing it. I do not remember our ever
constituting any value that said that a revolutionary must say
offensive things towards homosexuals, or that a revolutionary should
make sure that women do not speak out about their own particular kind
of oppression. As a matter of fact, it is just the opposite: we say
that we recognize the women’s right to be free. We have not said much
about the homosexual at all, but we must relate to the homosexual
movement because it is a real thing. And I know through reading, and
through my life experience and observations that homosexuals are not
given freedom and liberty by anyone in the society. They might be the
most oppressed people in the society.


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Luminous Animal May 2012 OP
socialist_n_TN May 2012 #1
Zalatix May 2012 #5
Jim Lane May 2012 #12
David__77 May 2012 #2
socialist_n_TN May 2012 #3
David__77 May 2012 #4
stlsaxman May 2012 #6
marasinghe May 2012 #7
Luminous Animal May 2012 #8
Blue_In_AK May 2012 #9
socialist_n_TN May 2012 #10
dickthegrouch May 2012 #11
xchrom May 2012 #13
burrowowl May 2012 #14
malthaussen May 2012 #15

Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 09:18 PM

1. Pretty damn strong statement for 1970........

But then Huey was obviously a revolutionary socialist. I would expect nothing less from a revolutionary socialist. If you don't believe in these things, you are NOT a revolutionary socialist. Period.

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Response to socialist_n_TN (Reply #1)

Sat May 12, 2012, 10:37 PM

5. Ayup, the Black Panthers in general were greatly maligned by the media

 

they would NEVER have publicized this, except to the John Birchers to whip them into a frenzy.

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Response to socialist_n_TN (Reply #1)

Sun May 13, 2012, 06:44 PM

12. Agreed! I was reading the papers then and had no idea of this. (n/t)

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 09:26 PM

2. The liberals always misunderstood Huey Newton.

He rejected the backward culture of the lumpen proletariat completely, but spoke in clear terms that were politically understood by them. He wanted a very broad front, but said things that horrified "respectable" liberals, "pussy power" and all.

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Response to David__77 (Reply #2)

Sat May 12, 2012, 10:15 PM

3. Yes, but that's what an agitator does..........

He or she speaks in the language of his/her target audience. You don't talk down to them. You respect their intelligence, but you do make your points in the common parlance of your audience.

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Response to socialist_n_TN (Reply #3)

Sat May 12, 2012, 10:31 PM

4. Oh yes, I agree.

The Black Panther newspaper had a pretty good quality from what I've seen. Too many unedited reprints from Xinhua news service, but still good.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 11:05 PM

6. Thank you for posting this!

When i was in eight grade one of my teachers used to give us selected students Do It!, Black Like Me, Soul On Ice, Dick Gregory's book, the Chicago Seven Trial Transcripts and the Black Panther newsletter and other assorted goodies. I had a "Free Huey" button as well.

It is remarkable to read this some 45 years later... Huey was inclusive for all the right reasons- and then some. Some clergy might do well to read this.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 12:40 AM

7. thanks for the post. Huey got it.

This says it all:

".... We must gain security in ourselves and therefore have respect and
feelings for all oppressed people ...."

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 02:57 AM

8. Kick because this is great stuff. Brave stuff.

Last edited Sun May 13, 2012, 01:07 PM - Edit history (1)

No need for that personal, "I feel your pain," evolving crap.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 03:01 AM

9. Very well said, Huey.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 11:59 AM

10. Kick. Because this is important........

nm

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 01:13 PM

11. K&R because still important 40 years later /nt

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 07:14 PM

13. Du rec. Nt

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 07:19 PM

14. Love Huey!

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 07:19 PM

15. Unfortunately, the message that we should "unite in a revolutionary way"

... has fallen by the wayside. The Right Wing really did not need to Divide and Conquer, the revolutionaries divided all on their own.

-- Mal

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