Has the medias perception of Black culture effected how we perceive the Black agenda?

From the politics of the Black Panther Party (BPP) to the beliefs and outrage over the newly founded Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement; the media industry has negatively defined both minority groups. Rather than digging deeper for the true meaning of these groups and their advocacy, publicizing simple-minded accusations seems to have been the easier route for the American media industry. Many American’s believe the Black Panthers are a terrorist group with an open agenda of overthrowing the government. The publicized view of the BPP was far from Huey P. Newton and other BPP leader’s agenda which begun in 1966. In fact the “Black Panther Party Platform and Program” can be found easily online and in many published books.

The Black Panther Platform and Program:

1. We want freedom. We want the power to determine the destiny of our Black Community.

2. We want full employment of our people.

3. We want to end the robbery by the white man of our Black community.

4. We want decent housing, fit for shelter of human being.

5. We want education for our people that expose the true nature of this decadent American society.

6. We want all black men to be exempt from military service.

7. We want an immediate end to POLICE BRUTALITY and MURDER of blacks.

8. We want freedom for all black men held in federal, state, country and city prisons and jails.

9. We want all black people brought to trial to be tried in court by jury of their peer group of people from their black communities, as defined by the constitution of the United States.

10. We want land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace. And as our major political objective, a United Nations — supervised plebiscite to be held throughout the black colony in which only black colonial subjects will be allowed to participate for the purpose of determining the will of the black people as to their national destiny.

Despite the public resources available, many people still do not understand the point of their agenda; but I leave that to you to personally investigate being that is apart of being an aware citizen.

Here is a link I would like to provide to help you further understand the BPP agenda, rules, etc.

My point is, there is not a lot of information in regards to the many positive movements that the BPP was involved in.

Videos of the original BPP marching toward the California state capital building during the Mulford Act Protest, May 2nd 1967, with guns in hand; scared many and the media went with it. Yet, the media never covered why the BPP were marching to the state capital. The reason the BPP were protesting with guns, was because this act was only being implanted to disarm African American’s, despite the many armed whites. Many whites in power use and used the court of law to keep black people down. Fighting against these injustices, murders, and unfair trials were agendas the BPP were bringing awareness to. This is why they are called the Black Panther Party for Self Defense.

Not many are aware of the FBI’s agenda to shootout members of the party during a meeting. The FBI and local police worked hand in hand to break down this political party that was built to bring up the African American’s. A Berkeley police officer brought documentation of the plan to attack the BPP to Charles Garry whom was the BPP first lawyer. The polices documented plan was leaked, along with their personal agenda to kill over 20 BPP during that rade. Many BPP offices and meeting spots were attacked country wide, and slowly diminished.

The largest agenda of the BPP did have a lot to do with fighting against police brutality, but that was not their only agenda. I believe during this time of American society, people wanted to defend the government and believe it had the best interest of the people. That is why stories like the one I briefly explained above were not publicized to the media and the American people. Walter Lippman’s theory corresponds well, because media messages cause us to form many stereotypes. I believe that the stereotypes of the BPP correlate with why there are many negative beliefs of the Black Lives Matter movement and their agenda.

It is still difficult to find positive public information in regards to the BPP. This is the effect of the media creating stereotypes and the audience believing without personal investigation.