Interview with Huey P. Newton
QUESTION 21
LOUIS MASSIAH:

I'm interested in the language, particularly the word pig. Would you talk about, talk about that use of language of the Panthers and where it came from, particularly the term pig. And what was the intention, what was the political intention of calling the police pigs?

HUEY NEWTON:

Ah, the Black Panther Party felt that we needed to, ah, ah, we need, we needed imagery to, ah, change the consciousness of the people. And, ah, the, ah, ah, the police were disliked** and so forth, so, ah, by the community. So, we, ah, ah, I, I don't know who, it might have been Beverly Axelrod or Eldridge. I don't think it was Bobby, suggested that, ah, that we--

LOUIS MASSIAH:

Just a minute. Change here.