Interview with Elaine Brown

Who were the Black Panthers, I mean in terms of the people that joined the organization? You talked before that they were combination of classes, people from the street, also people of education. Just, talk about that.


Well, um, we were a combination of people, I don't know if we were a combination of classes. Because our analysis would have been that, ah, Black people didn't fall into, for example the bourgeoisie, so it would be hard for us to have that class represented. But I would say that the party was an eclectic blend of people in terms of, um, but we were all unique. We were all, um, I think that we were all unique. We were all, we all came from different places. I mean, John Huggins for example, from New Haven, from sort of middle class, ah, background, uh. Bunchy Carter on the other hand from the streets of Los Angeles, um. And everywhere, you know, in between. But I would say our greatest appeal was to, ah, those people who were, who are now called the underclass, or what we called the lumpen proletariat, or people from the streets, and from the poorer working classes.