Whew! It's been an exhausting week. Kids are tiring and I've also been ramping up my work for Vocally. But I'm still here for the blog.
And it's still Black History Month.
Did you know that free breakfast at school exists because of the Black Panthers?
How the Black Panthers’ Breakfast Program Both Inspired and Threatened the Government
At the time, the militant black nationalist party was vilified in the news media and feared by those intimidated by its message of black power and its commitment to ending police brutality and the subjugation of black Americans. But for students eating breakfast, the Black Panthers’ politics were less interesting than the meals they were providing.
“The children, many of whom had never eaten breakfast before the Panthers started their program,” the Sun Reporterwrote, “think the Panthers are ‘groovy’ and ‘very nice’ for doing this for them.”
Is it weird that the History Channel says that "its purpose was to fuel revolution by encouraging black people’s survival"? How fucked up is it that black people trying to survive is revolutionary? God, this country is a white supremacist hellhole.
The Black Panthers were awesome.