[sixties-l] A Panthers Trial: Another Vindication of David Horowitz (fwd)

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    Subject: A Panthers Trial: Another Vindication of David Horowitz

    A Panther's Trial: Another Vindication of David Horowitz

    FrontPageMagazine.com | January 17, 2002
    By: Jamie Glazov

    THE CURRENT Atlanta murder trial of Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, a former Black
    Panther, is another vindication of David Horowitz's critical assessment of
    Panther criminality.

    Also known as H. Rap Brown, the 58-year-old Al-Amin is accused of murdering
    Ricky Kinchen, a sheriff's deputy, and wounding his partner, Aldranon
    English, in a shootout in Atlanta in March, 2000. Kinchen and English had
    attempted to serve a summons to Al-Amin after he had failed to attend a
    court hearing on charges of driving without proof of insurance, receiving
    stolen goods and impersonating a police officer.

    Al-Amin fled after the shooting and was placed on the Federal Bureau of
    Investigation's Most Wanted List. He was captured several days later hiding
    in woods near a small town in Alabama. The weapon used in the fatal
    shooting was found nearby. English, the surviving officer, identified
    Al-Amin as the gunman.

    A former Panther, Al-Amin has a history of violence and brushes with the
    law. In 1968, he was charged with inciting a riot and went underground on
    the eve of his trial, earning him a place on the FBI's Most Wanted List.
    Three years later, he was caught during a shootout in an attempted-armed
    robbery in New York and sentenced to five years in prison.

    Al-Amin converted to Islam in jail. He moved to Atlanta in 1976 and opened
    a mosque. In 1995, he was arrested for shooting a drug dealer and was
    investigated for several homicides. No charges were laid.

    The present trial not only crystallizes Al-Amin's individual criminality;
    it also reminds us that the Black Panthers were ruthless thugs. David
    Horowitz has been stating this fact for more than two decades, but the
    American Left and mainstream media continue to force this issue into

    Horowitz came to the truth about the Panthers the hard way. In December
    1974, the Panthers abducted and killed his friend, Betty Van Patter. An
    enthusiastic Leftwing radical who was working for the Panthers at the time,
    Horowitz had recruited Betty to keep the books of a "Learning Center" in
    Oakland that he had created to run a school for the children of Black

    Betty had found something wrong with the Panthers' record books and naively
    went to inform Elaine Brown, the leader of the Panthers at the time. She
    subsequently disappeared. In January 1975, her battered body -- with her
    head caved in -- was found floating in San Francisco Bay.

    Horowitz was devastated. He began to ask questions, but he faced only a
    disturbing lack of curiosity among his Leftwing associates about Betty's
    death. It became obvious to him that the Panthers knew what had happened to
    Betty - because they killed her. It also became obvious that his fellow
    progressive radicals were not interested in Betty's murder. The sacredness
    of human life was not on their priority list; the ideal of what the
    progressive cause represented was.

    In the end, Horowitz reconciled himself to the reality that the Panthers
    were just plain ruthless thugs who were involved in racketeering,
    prostitution, extortion, drug dealing and murder.

    It was this realization that led to his political conversion -- a journey
    that he recounts in his autobiography Radical Son.

    Horowitz discerned that the way the American Left absolved Panther crime
    was a mutated form of how socialists practiced Gulag denial. And to be
    sure, the Panthers always enjoyed the support of the American Left, the
    Democratic Party, and the mainstream media.

    Till this very day, the national media still have yet to conduct a serious
    investigation into any Panther murders. Could this be because Panther
    crimes are directly connected to many political figures within the liberal
    establishment? Hillary Clinton, for instance, did absolutely nothing in her
    position of power to bring any Panther thugs to justice, let alone to set
    any historical facts straight. Could it be because as a law student at Yale
    in 1970 she organized demonstrations to exonerate Panther leaders from
    being tried for murder?

    Is it really a mystery why prominent figures like Tom Hayden and
    journalists like Los Angeles Times columnist Robert Scheer, both of whom
    championed the Panthers at the time, have remained silent about Panther
    brutality till this day?

    No one has ever been charged in Betty Van Patter's death. But many Sixties
    and Seventies radicals have knowledge about what happened to her. They will
    not come forward.

    Thanks to the efforts of individuals like Horowitz, the details of Panther
    crimes continue to surface -- notwithstanding the blackout by the national
    media. Yet Horowitz has been vilified by the Left for his efforts. He has
    also put his life in danger.

    In his last televised interview, Eldridge Cleaver, the former Black Panther
    leader renowned for his vehement commitment to, and participation in,
    violence, discussed his change of heart. In the now famous 60 Minutes
    program during which he admitted the brutal ruthlessness of the Panthers,
    he stated: "If people had listened to Huey Newton and me in the 1960s,
    there would have been a holocaust in this country."

    The current Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin murder trial is extremely significant in
    this context. It reminds us of the Left's practice of historical amnesia,
    and of how one man's fight to resuscitate historical memory, a fight that
    has been waged at a great personal cost, has been vindicated by historical


    Jamie Glazov holds a Ph.D. in History with a specialty in Soviet Studies.
    He is the author of 15 Tips on How to be a Good Leftist and of Canadian
    Policy Toward Khruschev's Soviet Union which will be published by
    McGill-Queens University Press in March 2002. Born in the U.S.S.R., Jamie
    is the son of prominent Soviet dissidents, and now resides in Vancouver,
    Canada. He writes the Dr. Progressive advice column for angst-ridden
    leftists at EnterStageRight.com.

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