Even a cursory look at American society today reveals that protests against racial discrimination are by no means a thing of the past. What can we learn from past movements in order to understand the workings of racism and resistance? In this book, Franziska Meister revisits the Black Panther Party and offers a new perspective on the party as a whole and its struggle for racial social justice. She shows how the Panthers were engaged in exposing structural racism in the U.S. and depicts them as uniquely resourceful, imaginative, and subversive in the ways they challenged white supremacy while at the same time revolutionizing both the self-conception and the public image of black people. Meister thus highlights an often marginalized aspect of the Panthers: how they sought to reach a world beyond raceby going through race. Theirs, she argues, is a message well worth considering in an age of "color blindness."
About the Author
Franziska Meister is a science and culture editor at the Swiss weekly WOZ – Die Wochenzeitung.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Playing the Race Card 13
Enter the Captive Black Warrior in Babylon 29
To Expose, Subvert, and Provoke 47
Response: To Disrupt, Discredit, and Destroy 91
Crucial Role of the Media 123
Where Do We Go From Here? 161