Huey P. Newton’s Doctoral Dissertation Now Available Here For Free
People have a lot to say about Huey Newton, both good and bad, right and wrong, but what often goes unmentioned is that he was an intellectual who earned his bachelor’s degree from U.C. Santa Cruz in 1974. Newton also earned a Ph.D. in history of consciousness. His doctoral dissertation was entitled, “War on the Panthers: A Study of Oppression in America.”
An excerpt from the dissertation’s introduction:
It is logical that Oakland, California, should be the focus of hostile government actionsagainst the Party because it is the place where the Party was founded, and it is the centerof its organizational strength. In discussing Party leaders, including myself, and events inwhich they were involved, there has been a persistent temptation to write personally andemotionally. Individuals, with all their strengths and weaknesses, make significantdifferences in the outcome of political struggles; however, their roles are too oftenromanticized, clouding an understanding of the political forces propelling them intostruggle. I have tried to maintain an objectivity consistent with scholarly standards byplacing the roles of the involved personalities in proper political perspective. To aid inthis effort, I will be referred to throughout this study in the third person. This dissertationis then, by necessity, illustrative, not exhaustive; a history in brief, not a biography of theBlack Panther Party [BPP]
What is perhaps most significant about [this study] is that it suggests how much we stilldo not know. How many people’s lives were ruined in countless ways by a governmentintent on destroying them as representatives of an “enemy” political organization? What”tactics” or “dirty tricks” were employed, with what results? Perhaps we shall never knowthe answers to these questions, but this inquiry about the BPP and the federal governmentwill hopefully help us in our search for “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”
If you can read about Rihanna and Chris Brown, then you can certainly take some time out of your day to read this wonderful and instructive piece of history.
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