A Tension in the Political Thought of Huey P. Newton
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This article is a discussion of the political thought of Huey P. Newton, and by extension, the theory and practice of the Black Panther Party. More specifically, this article will explore a tension that exists between Newton's theory of Intercommunalism and the Black Panther Party Platform. To that end, there is, first, a discussion of the ideological development of the Black Panther Party, which culminated in Newton's theory of Intercommunalism. Second, there is a presentation of what will be broadly construed as the Party Platform, which articulates the basic principles and practices of the Black Panther Party. Finally, there is a discussion of several ways in which there seems to be a conflict between Newton's ideology and his political practice. While some are only apparent contradictions, there does remain a deep conflict between the dialectical basis of Intercommunalism and the foundational basis of the Party Platform.
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- A Tension in the Political Thought of Huey P. Newton
Journal of African American Studies
Volume 16, Issue 2 , pp 249-267
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- Huey P. Newton
- The Black Panther Party
- Ten-Point Platform and Program
- Joshua Anderson (1)
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- 1. Department of Philosophy, Saint Louis University, 3800 Lindell Blvd Adorjan Hall, Rm 130, Saint Louis, MO, 63108, USA