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From the Pen of David Horowitz: October 22, 2009

October 22, 2009


Later it became obvious that I hadn’t really known Betty. I had counted to some extent on her middle class scruples to keep her from any danger zones she encountered in Panther territory. But this too was an illusion. She had passions that prompted her to want a deeper involvement in what she also perceived as their struggle against oppression.
There was another reason I did not express my growing fears to Betty. The more fear I had the more I realized that it would not be okay for me to voice such criticism, having been so close to the operation. To badmouth the Party would be tantamount to treason. I had a wife and four children, who lived in neighboring Berkeley, and I would not be able to protect them or myself from Elaine’s wrath.

“Black Murder Inc.” from Hating Whitey

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  1. superhare permalink
    October 22, 2009 4:48 am

    thank you, this is smth i was looking for

  2. David Thomson permalink
    October 22, 2009 6:10 am

    David Horowitz’s awful experiences with the Black Panthers blinded him to the danger presented by the radical socialist Martin Luther King, Jr. He was staunchly non-violent. This alone turned him into a political moderate in the eyes of many. In some respects, the violent Panthers and the non-violent “moderates” unwittingly played the bad cop/good cop scam. The former screamed and yell and threatened to violently overthrow the system. This allowed MLK, Andrew Young, Ralph Abernathy, and other non-violent radicals to play the role of nice guys who are “reasonable.” The Black Panthers could never get the disastrous Great Society and affirmative action programs through Congress. This catastrophe was the result of those who tacitly promised frightened and guilt tripped whites that “we won’t kick your butts.”

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