Except that Rap was never really a Panther, save for the titular position he
held during the short-lived "merger" or "alliance" (depending on the
perspective) of early 1968. Some of us have been trying to correct this
misnomer since last year, without success, obviously.
George Snedeker wrote:
> I can not understand why people insist in referring to Al-Amin (H. Rap
> Brown) as an ex-Black Panther. why not refer to him as a former leader of
> SNCC? what does "Black Panther" signify in this context? a violent criminal?
> let's be a little careful about the hidden meanings of our very political
> language. why not refer to H. Rap as a former Communist? after all, the
> Panthers were Marxist-Leninists...
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> > Subject: Opening statements expected in trial of ex-Black Panther
> > Opening statements expected in trial of ex-Black Panther
> > <http://www.cnn.com/2002/LAW/02/19/al.amin.trial/index.html>
> > February 19, 2002
> > Atlanta, Georgia (CNN)
> > Opening statements got under way Tuesday in the trial of a former Black
> > Panther whoin the 1960swent by the name H. Rap Brown.
> > If convicted, Jamil Abdullah Abdullah Al-Amin, who went by the name H. Rap
> > Brown in the 1960s, could face the death penalty.
> > Al-Amin, now a Muslim cleric who ran a small grocery store till his
> > is charged with killing a Fulton County, Georgia, sheriff's deputy and
> > wounding another on March 16, 2000.
> > The surviving deputy is expected to testify that Al-Amin fired at them
> > day when officers tried to arrest him on minor charges.
> > The arrest warrant was for Al-Amin's failure to appear in court on charges
> > of receiving stolen property and impersonating an officer.
> > The deputies exchanged gunfire with a man standing near a black Mercedes
> > Benz, and a spokesman on that day said the deputies might have wounded the
> > man who shot at them.
> > One deputy, Ricky Kinchen, died the next day. The surviving officer
> > identified Al-Amin as the shooter.
> > SWAT teams, helicopters and search dogs joined in a hunt that started with
> > a blood trail. After entering a vacant house where police thought they'd
> > cornered the shooter, they found more signs that the assailant may have
> > been wounded.
> > Four days later, authorities arrested Al-Amin in Lowndes County, Alabama,
> > 175 miles southwest of Atlanta. He was not wounded.
> > Police also found a rifle and handgun near his arrest location, and tests
> > indicated they were the weapons that wounded Kinchen, a local newspaper
> > reported. Ten days later, they also found a black Mercedes with bullet
> > holes in it.
> > Three months later, an Atlanta fugitive captured in Nevada confessed to
> > killing Kinchen. He later recanted that statement.
> > Black Panther past
> > Born Hubert Gerold Brown in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Al-Amin went by the
> > name H. Rap Brown during the 1960s and served as chairman of the Student
> > Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
> > In 1967, he was charged with inciting a riot in Cambridge, Maryland, where
> > he declared to hundreds of African-Americans: "It's time for Cambridge to
> > explode, baby. Black folks built America, and if America don't come
> > we're going to burn America down."
> > The next morning, a school and two city blocks burned.
> > He later joined the Black Panther Party, which sought to empower
> > African-Americans and confront and conquer social injustices. At one point
> > he was minister of justice for the Panthers.
> > As a Panther, Al-Amin exhorted African-Americans to arm themselves. "I say
> > violence is necessary," he once famously said. "It is as American as
> > pie."
> > The Black Panther Party collapsed in the late 1970s, brought down by
> > deaths, defections and infighting.
> > Al-Amin, 58, converted to Islam while in prison serving five years for his
> > role in a robbery that ended in a shootout with New York police.
> > Until his arrest, Al-Amin operated the grocery in Atlanta's West End and
> > was the spiritual leader of a mosque in the neighborhood.
> > Neighbors credited Al-Amin, whom friends described as a humble and
> > respectful man, for working to clean up drugs and prostitution in the
> > low-income West End.
> > Conspiracy accusations
> > Al-Amin and his followers contend the state's case is bogus, and
> > the U.S. government's latest attempt to destroy the Muslim cleric.
> > Because the accused in under a gag order, Ed Brown, Al-Amin's brother,
> > serves as spokesman for the family.
> > "This [murder arrest] is part of a pattern that has gone on for 35 years,"
> > Brown said. "It started with his civil rights efforts and now it's Islam.
> > Anything that shines a light on the corruption of this government or does
> > not contribute to its process of corruption, they are opposed to."
> > The government has cooked up a case against his brother, destroying
> > evidence, Brown continued.
> > "Both officers said they wounded the perpetrator. It was reported there
> > a blood trail. They got a search warrant and mobilized the SWAT team based
> > on the blood trail," he said.
> > "But then when they arrested him and he wasn't wounded, they stopped
> > talking about it."
> > Al-Amin's dealings with authorities did not end when he converted to
> > records show. In 1995, he was accused of aggravated assault, but the
> > later recanted and said authorities pressured him to blame Al-Amin.
> > From 1992 to 1997, the FBI staked out Al-Amin, suspecting him of
> > gun-running. The agency generated 44,000 documents, records indicate, but
> > failed to produce an arrest or indictment.
> > "What explanation do they have for watching him?" Ed Brown asked. "They
> > were so obsessed."
> > Now, Al-Amin faces the death penalty if convicted. Brown said Al-Amin's
> > death is what law enforcement has sought for years.
> > "This is a very unforgiving country when you show this country its warts,
> > when you hold the mirror up," Brown said. "If you happen not to share
> > beliefs, they'll kill you."
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