Millennials must really help people on the streets and do more than just complain through social media.
October marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party in Oakland by Bobby Seale and the late Huey P. Newton in 1966. Parties, walking tours, museum exhibits and lectures will be running at various times and locations from Oct. 20 to 23, writer Lisa Fernandez reports for NBCBayArea.com.
In a look back at the Black Panther movement Fernandez found few old-time activists who believe that social media will help cure societal ills. She writes:
Twitter and technology have changed the immediacy and the ability to organize African-Americans to shut down commerce and decry police brutality. But the social injustices that plagued the Black Panther Party 50 years ago still plague the Millenials propogating the Black Lives Matter Movement today, organizers and historians say. And if the current movement wants to stay relevant, some say, then the activists have to really help people on the streets and do more then send off a missive of tweets.
“It’s vital,” said Khalid White, a sociology and history professor at San Jose City College and San Jose State University and author of Black Fatherhood. “The Black Lives Matter movement helped to bring activism to the Twitter generation. But we’re still fighting the same social economic ills the Panthers did in the 1960s and ’70s: police brutality, and criminalizing people of color.”
Veteran protester Cat Brooks notes acknowledges that social media can have a galvanizing effect, she notes that police are working everyday to monitor activists movements on all platforms, including Twitter and Facebook.
She told Hernadez: “Social media gives us the ability to push out a more consistent onslaught of state-sanctioned violence against black and brown bodies.”
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