Why I joined the Party: An Africana womanist reflection

Regina Jennings' personal account on why she joined the Black Panther Party, her personal development and the sexism that she faced within the organisation.

TRIGGER WARNING: sexual harassment

Submitted by wojtek on January 9, 2013

As seen in Chapter Eleven of Charles E. Jones' book The Black Panther Party Reconsidered, pages 257 - 265.

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Steven.

11 years 5 months ago

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Submitted by Steven. on January 9, 2013

Cheers for posting, this is a good personal account, as well as a warning to anyone who either uncritically supported the BPP or more generally anyone who thinks that "women's issues" can be put off until "after the revolution".

wojtek

11 years 5 months ago

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Submitted by wojtek on January 9, 2013

I agree, though I have some reservations about RJ's perspective; her argument that there were 'much larger threats' than misogyny, her prevailing faith in democratic centralism which only exacerbates patriarchy and the the military discipline which admittedly does have it's pluses, but I'm a Little Lebowski Urban Achiever. ;)

Steven.

11 years 5 months ago

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Submitted by Steven. on January 9, 2013

wojtek

I agree, though I have some reservations about RJ's perspective; her argument that there were 'much larger threats' than misogyny, her prevailing faith in democratic centralism which only exacerbates patriarchy and the the military discipline which admittedly does have it's pluses, but I'm a Little Lebowski Urban Achiever. ;)

yeah, I have massive reservations about her perspective, but I kind of thought that was a given. I mean at the beginning she says she wanted to join to kill white people!