Interview with Anne Wild
QUESTION 5
LOUIS MASSIAH:

Could you speak specifically about the Sacramento legislature, how you felt when you saw those images on TV or read about it in the newspaper.

ANNE WILD:

Well, I think it was very exciting because, one, it was the fearlessness of it. And the sort of audacity of it, that they would have this great sense of themselves and pride, and sort of integrity about their own organization and political ideas. That they would go up and assert themselves, and say, "We're not going to take it anymore." And sort of present themselves as this, you know, political force that would, would defend itself with arms if need be. And the history of, of the Panthers, uh, does come out of Oakland, and Oakland, for 20 years before that, since, I think, the 30's and 40's, had recruited from the South, had recruited, um, sheriffs from the South, had recruited police to come to Oakland to work in the Oakland police force. So you had some cracker, racist, redneck police in Oakland, and who harassed, who would not even go into the Black community to deal with basic, you know, crimes that were happening, you know, Black on Black. They just ignored, you know, sort of serving that community. So there was a, a serious history of being attacked, you know physically and with weapons on the part of the Oakland police. So this was made me as a Bay Area person and intimate with a lot of these, you know, these events, very proud that this, you know, organization would finally stand up and say, "We're not going to take it anymore. We're going to defend our community and we're willing to fight, you know, with guns if, if need be." So to me it was powerful, exciting, and, uh, I had gre--I was very much inspired by it. It made me want to follow the Black Panther Party, you know, for however long it took, because I agreed with their goals and their demands.

LOUIS MASSIAH:

Okay, so, so, stop.