“I don’t know what Black Lives Matter does, so I can’t tell you how it compares to what the Black Panther Party was. I know what the BPP was. I know the lives we lost, the struggle we put into place, the efforts we made, the assaults on us by the police and government – I know all that. I don’t know what Black Lives Matter does. So if you can tell me, I’ll give you my thoughts.”
Brown made the above remarks during a recent interview with Spiked Deputy Editor Tom Slater. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party, and Brown disapproves of the party’s comparison to the Black Lives Matter movement.
“There is no comparison,” she told Slater. “The next wave of young people running out here, who are complaining and protesting about the murders of young Black men and women by the police all over the country, they will protest but they will not rise up in an organized fashion, with and agenda, to create revolutionary change…”
“We [BPP] advocated community self-defense organizations to be formed, so that we would not be assaulted by the police, so that we would bear arms and assume our human rights,” Brown continued. “This to me is a plantation mentality. It smacks of ‘master, if you would just treat me right.’ And it has nothing to do with self-determination, empowerment and a sense of justice, or anything else.”
In an effort to carry on the tradition of the BPP’s “survival” programs, Brown has set up Oakland and the World, a non-profit that creates cooperative businesses for ex-cons and others “facing extreme barriers to employment.”