The radical politics of love

Fred Hampton. Black Panthers. Black Power. Messiah.


I’m curious what these bring to mind for you. What do you know about each of them? What emotions rise up for you? How does your body feel when I say the words.


Fred Hampton. Black Panthers. Black Power. Messiah.


Fred Hampton was the chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. The Black Panther Party was originally founded to protect African-Americans in Oakland from police brutality. It eventually evolved into a revolutionary group advocating for Black power. Revolutionary group. Black power.


How does that sit with you? Trying to protect people from police brutality – that may seem like a noble cause even if you disagreed with their method or armed patrol. But revolutionary group? Black power? I’m guessing that more than a few of us start to squirm at those terms.