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Roger as Huey and the Black Panther revolution
See everybody's talking about the revolution has come, the revolution has come, the revolution has come. Look: the revolution has been here, the revolution has been going on, because the new has always been in struggle with the old and the new is always going to win.

And the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, we're the vanguard of the revolution, we're like the tip of the spear, we make the first impact but the real damage is done by the people cause they're the ones that make the revolution - they're like the butt of the spear, they make the real penetration. See, without the butt penetration the spear is no more dangerous than a toothpick.
Revolutionary Suicide by Huey P. Newton
And people say, well Huey you're so violent. Why are you so violent Huey? You engage people in such violent rhetoric. You sit up talking about spears and penetration and stabbing people with toothpicks. And I say, well hey, existence is violent; I exist, therefore I am violent in that way.

And I think it's hypocritical to try to pretend otherwise. I think it's hypocritical, I think it's hypocritical, I think it's hypocritical, just like it's hypocritical when these vegetarians try to tell you they're not harming anything. A carrot screams also.

So we reject violence but we make a distinction between the violence of the oppressor and the self-defense of the people. We think that the people. We think that the people have a right and an obligation to defend themselves by any means necessary, just like Malcolm X said.

And you know something? Sometimes if you want to get rid of the gun, you have to pick the gun up.
Black Panther Rally [White Folk]
We engaged people in a whole lot of rhetoric when we should have been using more organizing tactics. We were perhaps premature in introducing the whole concept of armed struggle to the black community. We used a lot of filthy words, a lot of bad language in the black community, which wound up alienating us from the black community, especially the black church. So that after a while you'd go to a Black Panther Rally, all you'd see is white folks there. You know it's true. I would even have to go so far as to say that we set ourselves up to be murdered.
Let me break it down. See this is just like if you go into the kitchen to prepare a special dish and you look in the cookbook and you see that the recipe calls for an onion and you've got to peel up that onion and chop us that onion till the tears are falling down your face. You're crying just like a baby and you're saying to yourself, where is the joy? What's the gumbo gonna taste like? See you don't know what the gumbo's gonna taste like, all you know is that you're crying just a like a baby. This is just like if you want to change the system but you don't know what the system's going to be like after you change it. All you know is that you don't like the way that things are right now, so you're getting frustrated and tired and lonely and I suppose that my loneliness is just a byproduct of my immaturity.
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