Interview with Huey P. Newton
QUESTION 10
LOUIS MASSIAH:

That's good. Could you talk about, you've done it a little bit, but talk a little about the original vision of the Black Panther Party. Did you see it as a local organization or as a revolutionary organization? What, in the beginning when you and Bobby Seale were first talking.

HUEY NEWTON:

Ah, no I thought that it would be a national organization. Ah, I thought that with our, ah, when Blacks across the country.

LOUIS MASSIAH:

Start that again, and rephrase--

HUEY NEWTON:

The Black Panther, the Black Panther Party, ah, ah, felt that, ah, we would, we would quickly become a national organization when Blacks across the country saw what we were doing in Oakland by, ah, ah, driving out the, ah, we, what we called the oppressive army of police. And, ah, controlling our community, the institutions in the community. We felt that, ah, the government's next move would be to bring in the national guard to recapture these institutions and this would connect us to the international movement of, ah, of the worker's movement, the international proletariat, proletarian movement, ah, such as, was happening in, ah, in the, ah, in Cuba, ah, and, ah, we were very impressed by the Cuban revolution. And, ah, ah, at the, at the time of the creation of the, ah, the Black Panther Party, ah, I was, ah, introduced to Marxism and, ah, ah, I think I had read a book called the, ah, Imperial, Materialism and Empirical Criticism. And, ah, ah, by I.V. Lenin. And at that time, that, ah, it was pointed out that, ah, there were many contradictory social forces and if you knew what to increase or decrease at a particular time that you could cause the transformation. And, ah, so we were trying to increase the conflict that was already happening and that was between the White racism, ah, the police forces in the, ah, various communities in the, Black communities in the country. And, ah, we felt that we would take it to, take the conflict to a so high a level that some change had to come.