Interview with Bobby Seale
QUESTION 7
INTERVIEWER:

Did Malcolm ha--Malcolm X have a particular influence on the Panthers?

BOBBY SEALE:

A particular influence in the sense that--

INTERVIEWER:

Now could you just rephrase the question? I'm sorry.

BOBBY SEALE:

Malcolm X had a particular influence on the Panthers in the sense that earlier he had stated that the Civil Rights people down south who were exercising the First Amendment of the Constitution, that's what he alluded to, were going to be violated by racist and every Black man who has a shotgun in his home has a right to defend himself. Even the Deacons for Defense in this context had an influence there. Even as we read the history of Robert Williams also had an influence there. So, you see this has been rolling since '59 in terms of how we see the history, even with respect to the slavery votes historically. So it comes to a point that if the Civil Rights people, who were peacefully protesting, if their rights are going to violated, then we're going to have to move to a higher level and take the position that we have a right to defend ourselves based on the Constitution of the United States.