[sixties-l] Bobby Seales Confession: Confirming the Truths of David Horowitz (fwd)

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    Subject: Bobby Seales Confession: Confirming the Truths of David Horowitz

    Bobby Seale's Confession: Confirming the Truths of David Horowitz

    FrontPageMagazine.com | April 25, 2002
    By: Jamie Glazov

    BOBBY SEALE, THE FORMER CHAIRMAN AND CO-FOUNDER of the Black Panther Party,
    has just recently made a confession about Panther criminality that has
    vindicated what David Horowitz has been saying for years.

    Seale is best remembered for his 1969 courtroom histrionics as one of the
    Chicago Eight, the eight moral degenerates who were put on trial for
    inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Seale's behavior caused
    the judge to order him shackled to a chair and gagged.

    Seale is now apparently ungagging himself about the Panther past. In a
    recent speech at a Panther reunion, he confessed that the Panthers were
    little more than extortionists, gangsters and murderers and that they
    killed Betty Van Patter -- whose murder remains unsolved till this day.

    As expected, the former Panther engaged in selective memory and exonerated
    himself from any personal wrongdoing in Panther crimes. He also called
    David Horowitz a liar - even though he (Seale) simultaneously admitted
    that the Panthers were everything Horowitz has been saying they were.

    Seale's confession serves as yet another reminder of the Left's practice of
    historical amnesia, since the Liberal Establishment has yet to reconcile
    itself with who and what the Panthers really were. This explains why there
    has been a literal blackout by the national media on this issue.

    To fight this assault on historical memory, Horowitz has devoted much of
    his life to exposing Panther criminality. He has done so because the
    Panthers abducted and killed his friend - Betty Van Patter. For speaking
    the truth about the criminality of the Left's revolutionary vanguard,
    Horowitz has paid a large personal price. His life has been put in danger
    and his intellectual scholarship has been banned by the Nazi-like Leftist
    censors in academia.

    Seale's confession now serves as yet another vindication of Horowitz.
    Eldridge Cleaver's confession did the same several years back. In the now
    famous 1998 60 Minutes program during which he admitted the pernicious
    ruthlessness of the Panthers, the former Panther leader discussed his
    change of heart. Cleaver stated, "If people had listened to Huey Newton and
    me in the 1960s, there would have been a holocaust in this country."

    Betty Van Patter was one of the tragic victims of that holocaust in its
    beginning stages - and fortunately that potential holocaust did not
    animate itself into a larger force.

    Betty had been recruited by Horowitz in the early 1970s to keep the books
    of a "Learning Center" in Oakland that he had created to run a school for
    the children of Black Panthers. A Leftist radical at the time, Horowitz had
    become affiliated with the Panthers after he met their infamous leader,
    Huey Newton, and became enchanted with him.

    Horowitz didn't have a clue that the "Learning Center" served as a cover
    for Panther criminal activity; it was a military training center that was
    also being used as a vehicle to embezzle millions of dollars in California
    state and local education funds.

    After Newton killed a teenage prostitute and fled to Cuba in 1974, Elaine
    Brown took over as leader of the Panthers. She asked Horowitz to recommend
    an accountant to run the Party's finances. Horowitz suggested Betty.

    Extremely nave about what she was dealing with, Betty found something
    wrong with the Panthers' record books and went to inform Brown. She
    subsequently disappeared. In January 1975, Betty's battered body -- with
    her head caved in -- was found floating in San Francisco Bay.

    Horowitz was horrified by the murder of his friend. He felt a personal
    responsibility because he had brought Betty into the fold. He began to ask
    questions about her death, but he faced a disturbing lack of curiosity
    among his Leftwing associates.

    Horowitz was soon to learn that, in the mind of the Leftist, curiosity
    about Betty's fate was tantamount to disloyalty to the cause. Jean-Paul
    Sartre had set the example long before: appealing to Leftists to avoid
    speaking, let alone seeking, the truth about Stalin's gulags, since doing
    so would demoralize the French proletariat. In his autobiography Radical
    Son, Horowitz explains:

    "To doubt the Panthers was to jeopardize the faith that the Left had placed
    in them. Even though the era of revolutionary enthusiasm was over, they had
    remained a symbolic vanguard, the embodiment of black America's revolt
    against white oppression and the incalculable odds every radical faced."
    (p.243)

    In his essay, "Black Murder Inc." published in Hating Whitey, Horowitz notes,

    "The existence of a Murder Incorporated in the heart of the American left
    is something the left really doesn't want to know or think about. Such
    knowledge would refute its most cherished self-understandings and beliefs.
    It would undermine the sense of righteous indignation that is the crucial
    starting point of a progressive attitude. It would explode the myths on
    which the attitude depends." (p.121)

    Thus, Betty's murder, and the eerie indifference shown to it by her Leftist
    friends and colleagues, forced Horowitz to face the unfathomable: that the
    revolutionary vanguard of his own socialist dream was a criminal entity. As
    a result, the radical's utopian odyssey came to an abrupt and sudden end.
    His Whittaker Chambers-like conversion began.

    As Horowitz considered the insignificance of Betty's life and death in the
    eyes of his comrades, he began to recognize a familiar historical reality
    being played out in the surroundings of his own life: totalitarian and
    ruthless means were being perpetrated to build the fantasy of an earthly
    paradise. Real human flesh and blood was being sacrificed on the altar of
    ideals.

    While Horowitz could no longer blind himself about the Panthers, the
    American Left continued to do just that. It explains why, even though many
    radicals of the counter-culture have knowledge about what happened to Betty
    Van Patter, no one has ever been charged in her death. It also explains
    why, after more than two decades, the national media have yet to conduct
    even one serious investigation into any Panther murders.

    Now Bobby Seale has come forward and acknowledged that the Panthers
    murdered Betty. He has admitted that the Panthers were what the Left has
    always denied they were. His confession is no Twentieth Party Congress --
    that landmark watershed in Soviet history (1956) that witnessed Nikita
    Khrushchev expose and denounce Stalin's crimes. But one can hope that it
    might be the foundation for something that can become analogous to
    Khrushchev's secret speech.

    This is not to suggest that the Panther reality is equivalent to the
    Stalinist horror. Implying such a thing would only trivialize and minimize
    the large-scale diabolical evil that Stalinism was. But it is to suggest
    that many of the ingredients that spawned the Panther nightmare and the
    Stalinist terror were exactly the same.

    Seale might have just let the genie out of the bottle, and maybe we will
    soon be told more truth about what a mutated form of Stalinism, albeit on a
    much smaller scale, perpetrated in America.

    --------------------------------------------------------
    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 ( McGill-Queens University Press,
    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. Email him at jglazov@rogers.com.



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