Today is Black History Month, but there’s still a lot of white privilege to be aware of.
While it’s difficult to say whether this is because of any one person’s actions, or because the media has been too eager to erase all of the historical racism, there’s plenty of information out there to help anyone who’s ever felt like they were not part of the conversation.
Here’s what it was like to be a Black man in America from the 1960s to the present.1.
It was a hot spot.
In the spring of 1965, black and white activists in Detroit formed a Black Panther Party to “make an end to white supremacy.”
The Panthers were the first organized black groups in the United States, and they took inspiration from the Civil Rights Movement.
This wasn’t an organized movement, however, and the Panthers’ main focus was on local and state government.
The Black Panther leader Huey Newton was murdered in 1964, and while he had no direct ties to the movement, he did support the civil rights movement.
The Panthers’ mission statement read, “We demand the immediate, unconditional and unconditional release of all those who have been imprisoned, confined or confined in prisons and other institutions and the immediate release of those who are being kept there.”
The group also called for the abolition of Jim Crow laws and for a national boycott of white-owned businesses.
The movement was led by Malcolm X and the other leaders, and in the fall of 1965 they began an uprising in Detroit that led to the arrest of many of their leaders and the death of a prominent Panther leader.2.
It wasn’t always peaceful.
The Black Panther movement was not entirely peaceful, and it was only in the late ’60 and early ’70s that violent confrontations between police and protesters broke out.
During this time, Black and white demonstrators in Detroit were often confronted with the same tactics: “the Black Power salute,” or “the ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign,” and “the black-on-black crime.”
These tactics, often described as “policing for profit,” are still used today in certain parts of the country.
In 1966, the Detroit Free Press reported on the ongoing police violence, and an article in the New York Times declared, “Black men are being shot in the street, beaten up and murdered by police.”
In 1967, after a group of black students were stopped and frisked by police, an African-American student at Princeton University became the first person to be arrested after he was arrested for “blasphemy” and “obstructing the course of justice.”3.
It didn’t always go smoothly.
Although the Black Panther party gained traction in Detroit, the city was also a hotbed for violence.
In 1967 and 1968, a number of police officers were killed by the likes of George Wallace and Malcolm X, who were members of the Black Panthers.
In 1972, the New Black Panther Movement was founded in the wake of the Rodney King riots.
In 1974, three police officers shot and killed a Black woman named Hosea Williams.
In 1977, a mob of about 200 people attacked the Black Museum of African American History in Minneapolis, smashing the museum’s windows and throwing rocks and other objects at police.
In 1983, in response to the killing of a young black man named Oscar Grant, several thousand protesters gathered in Detroit to confront the city’s mayor, Richard M. Daley.
In response to these protests, the mayor ordered the police to arrest all Black people they suspected of involvement in the riots.
The mayor also ordered that all of Detroit’s Black children attend public schools for at least a week.
In 1984, the Black Lives Matter movement was again active in Detroit.
The group began by holding a sit-in outside the Detroit Police Department’s headquarters, but soon they expanded to occupy the building and vandalize businesses.
In 1987, after Black Panther leaders in Detroit called for a Black Liberation Army march on the city, the police fired tear gas canisters into the crowd.
In 1989, Black Lives Matters organizers in Detroit tried to organize a Black Youth March in response, but they were turned away by the police.
These protests weren’t the first time the police have used violence against Black people, but the violence they experienced in Detroit was different.
It had a violent ending.
On August 5, 1989, a group known as the Black Liberation Organization (BLO) marched to the Detroit police headquarters to protest the city having failed to release two of the officers who had been arrested during the riots of the 1960’s.
At the end of the march, a police officer shot and wounded three Black men, including a young man named Freddie King.
The police responded by firing tear gas into the group, killing one of them.
After King’s death, the FBI opened a civil rights investigation into the killings.
The investigation found that the police