Interview with Huey P. Newton

How did the Panthers come about the communal lifestyle, the style of the Panthers, the way they lived and they way they dressed and they way they ate, how did they come about that?


Oh, again, that, ah, I was very impressed with the Chinese Revolution and the Cultural Revolution that was going on in China at the time. And, ah, ah, Mao Tse-Tung who was the, ah, Chairman of the Communist Party in China, ah, was experimenting with communal eating and communal living. Ah, this served us well because it was so difficult, housing was so difficult in our community. So we felt if we pooled together that, ah, this would answer that question especially for the core of the party.