When I became Honorary Prime Minister of the Black Panther Party, my job was to control, precisely, the two Field Marshals. They were the ones who had the guns. In any organization, you must be where the guns are cause that’s where the power is.
The guns that I see in this community, I can never get. The police bring those guns in. Uzi submachine gun…in the black community? How you get that? The kids don’t even know how they get it. ‘Oh I bought it from so-and-so.’ But I know these machine guns coming in here, it’s not the way you get them illegally. These guns are being pumped in.
It’s a planned program. All this pumping drugs [in the black communities] only shows me that we’re winning. The enemy is pumping these drugs, creating these divisions because of the rising conscious of the people. The police are the frontrunners of the organized gangs in the country. What they want to do is to make the entire black community feel insecure, insecure among each other. When they saw the feeling of camaraderie and solidarity that was developing in the ’60s, they said, ‘We got to stop this quick! We’ve got to bring insecurity inside here so when they see each other they won’t say ‘Hey, Brother.’ They’ll say, ‘Is he gonna kill me?’"
� Kwame Ture (Stokley Carmichael) (x)