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

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Date: Fri Jan 18 2002 - 19:07:36 EST

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    I am new to this list and was surprised to see this article without comment.
    what is the Point? it can't be the logic of the argument.

    let's begin with H. Rap Brown. his membership in the Panthers was only
    symbolic. his real political activity was in SNCC. however, the author does
    not want to argue that members of SNCC were thugs. well, there is no mention
    of this anyway. what is the charges against H. Rap Brown evidence of? the
    fact that the Panthers were thugs.

    it will take a great deal to vindicate David Horowitz, aman who argues that
    Blakes benefited from slavery. this is like arguing that Jews benefited from
    the holocaust.
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    > Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002 13:21:31 -0800
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    > Subject: A Panthers Trial: Another Vindication of David Horowitz
    > A Panther's Trial: Another Vindication of David Horowitz
    > | 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
    > 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
    > 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
    > invisibility.
    > 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
    > 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
    > Panthers.
    > Betty had found something wrong with the Panthers' record books and
    > 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
    > 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
    > 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
    > 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
    > 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
    > 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
    > 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
    > truth.
    > -------------------------------------
    > 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

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