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From the Writings of David Horowitz: August 27, 2010

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Posted on August 27 2010 6:45 am
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My reflections after Betty’s murder did not stop with the Panthers. I understood better now who they were, yet was puzzled by the way they seemed to operate with impunity. This was a reality that was a far cry from the image of the persecuted vanguard we had created (and were able to establish widely in the press). Law enforcement seemed unable to stop them, and at times was even paralyzed in its efforts to do so. If one thought about it without ideological blinders, the authorities we accused of harassing them were surprisingly forbearing, and on occasion even showed exceptional consideration. Although Newton had murdered an Oakland policeman, the chief of the Oakland force had warned him when his life was in jeopardy, even though the danger was created by his own criminal acts. And this was not the only instance I knew of. During Bobby Seale’s campaign for mayor, one of his bodyguards, jittery from lack of sleep, in the early morning hours had inadvertently shot and killed a crippled newsboy. This presented the authorities and the press alike an opportunity to destroy the campaign and do the Panthers serious damage. But the bodyguard was arrested and prosecuted quietly, while Seale went on with his mayoral quest – which included regular denunciations of the ‘fascist’ power structure and its brutal repression of Panthers like him.

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