27 Greatest Huey Newton Quotes

27 Greatest Huey Newton Quotes

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Huey Newton was a political and urban activist and co founder of the Black Panther Party. During his time in college him and Bobby Seale organized and founded the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in October 1966. Their goals were to provide better housing, jobs and education for African Americans, as documented in the Ten-Point Program. On August 22, 1989 Huey was shot fatally by a 24 year old Black Guerrilla Family member, which was the Black Panther’s rival organization.

“Any unarmed people are slaves, or are subject to slavery at any given moment.”

“Black men and women who refuse to live under oppression are dangerous to white society because they become symbols of hope to their brothers and sisters, inspiring them to follow their example.”

“Black Power is giving power to people who have not had power to determine their destiny.”

“Existence is violent, I exist, therefore I’m violent. . . in that way.”

“I do not expect the white media to create positive black male images.”

“I do not think that life will change for the better without an assault on the Establishment, which goes on exploiting the wretched of the earth.”

“I expected to die. At no time before the trial did I expect to escape with my life. Yet being executed in the gas chamber did not necessarily mean defeat. It could be one more step to bring the community to a higher level of consciousness.”

“I have the people behind me and the people are my strength.”

“I say with hope and dignity; and if premature death is the result, that death has a meaning reactionary suicide can never have. It is the price of self-respect.”

“I suggested [in 1966] that we use the panther as our symbol and call our political vehicle the Black Panther Party. The panther is a fierce animal, but he will not attack until he is backed into a corner; then he will strike out.”

“I think what motivates people is not great hate, but great love for other people.”

“If you stop struggling, then you stop life.”

“My fear was not of death itself, but a death without meaning.”

“Our first record, ‘Huey Lewis And The News’, was seen by no one – it sold 25 copies.”

“Revolutionary suicide does not mean that I and my comrades have a death wish; it means just the opposite.”

“Sometimes if you want to get rid of the gun, you have to pick the gun up.”

“The first lesson a revolutionary must learn is that he is a doomed man.”

“The policemen or soldiers are only a gun in the establishments hand. They make the racist secure in his racism.”

“The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution.”

“The walls, the bars, the guns and the guards can never encircle or hold down the idea of the people.”

“There will be no prison which can hold our movement down.”

“There’s no reason for the establishment to fear me. But it has every right to fear the people collectively – I am one with the people.”

“We have such a strong desire to live with hope and human dignity that existence without them is impossible. When reactionary forces crush us, we must move against these forces, even at the risk of death. We will have to be driven out with a stick.”

“We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism. We must destroy both racism and capitalism.”

“When you deal with a man, deal with his most valuable possession, his life. There’s play and there’s the deep flow. I like to take things to the deep flow of play, because everything is a game, serious and nonserious at the same time. So play life like it’s a game.”

“You can jail a Revolutionary, but you can’t jail the Revolution.”

“You can kill my body, but you can’t kill my soul. My soul will live forever!”