"Before 1776 America was a British colony. The British Government had certain laws and rules that the colonized Americans rejected as not being in their best interests. In spite of the British conviction that Americans had no right to establish their own laws to promote the general welfare of the people living here in America, the colonized immigrant felt he had no choice but to raise the gun to defend his welfare. Simultaneously he made certain laws to ensure his protection from external and internal aggressions, from other governments, and his own agencies. One such form of protection was the Declaration of Independence, which states: '... whenever any government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundations on such principles and organizing its powers in such forms as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.' Now these same colonized White people, these bondsmen, paupers, and thieves deny the colonized Black man not only the right to abolish this oppressive system, but to even speak of abolishing it."
Huey P. Newton
(1942-1989) Founder of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense
"In Defense of Self-Defense" June 20, 1967
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 -- Anonymous      
 -- Anonymous      
Though Dred Scott was never overturned, it was said to be nullified by the 13, 14 and 15th Amendments. (was it?) Because of the racial mind sets of Huey's day, his charge had a special significance. Today, because of the 14th Amendment and other Amendments, unconstitutional infrastructure and enforcements, and in general a socialistic theocracy's implementation the plight of all color has deteriorated under color of despotic and tyrannical law. Racial prejudice has been replaced in much part by religious prejudice. Those who speak or act against the slavery, immorality, and debauchery of socialistic theocracies, are ridiculed, persecuted, ostracized, and worse.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- Sovereign Person, Lake Charles      
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US      
     -- redpill, Florida      
    He was right on. And we still have the right to alter or abolish it. We do it every election cycle. We do not have the right to alter or abolish it by force, until free and fair elections are no longer held. Huey was correct in much of his analysis but he was wrong in his failure to understand how things get changed in America. He would be shocked to see the USA of 2009. Patience is the operative word for a healthy working democracy. He was incorrect in calling America a colony of England, there were 13 colonies of England and they were not totally sure whether or not they were united or Americans, that came later.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Nothing but BS. Read the damn quote Waffler.
     -- warren, olathe     
    He's got a point. It's beyond race now -- it is all about power.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    There is talk again about a Constitutional convention of the States. It might be time to enact one final amendment: this union is dissolved. If the Federal government ignores that amendment as it ignores so many others, armed conflict is the final alternative. We have every right to abolish the United States, contrary to Waffler's opinion.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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