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On this date, August 22, 1989, Black Panther Party co-founder, Huey P. Newton died. He was shot to death in Oakland, California. Tyrone Robinson, a drug dealer and member of the Black Guerilla Family confessed to the crime three days after. Newton was a controversial prominent figure in the 1960s. He and Bobby Seale were known for their fight for African American equality. The Black Panthers also aided the community by providing meals, self defense classes, medical clinics and first aid to those in need. The Black Panthers, however, organized and militant, garnered negative attention from the FBI with cases accusing the party of violent actions against people, including law enforcement. But, despite the negative image of violent activism that followed the Black Panthers and Newton, he and the party’s positive principal views and actions for the black community continue to be remembered.
It hasn’t been so easy for traditional civil-rights-era activists in this small St. Louis suburb in recent weeks, where the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer has put them on all-too-familiar turf: challenging the treatment of African American men by police.
They, like so many around the country — including President Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. — have been deeply concerned about the militarized police response with tanks and tear gas and scores of arrests.
But what also has affected these activists is the realization that there is a generational divide between them and young protesters, who are organizing on their own. They are fueled by rage, mobilized by social media and sometimes, or so it seems to the old guard, capable of a bit of disrespect.
“The difference is, in the ’60s, we were disciplined,” Ron Gregory, 72, told a crowd gathered at a historic church on Martin Luther King Drive in St. Louis to discuss protest strategies. The city is just minutes away from Ferguson.
“We were trained when we marched. We were taught if they spit on you, just wipe it off and continue marching. But we are dealing with a new breed of youngster. They say, ‘You better not spit on me.’”
You got damn right you better not spit on me!