Source Three

Newsletter entitled ‘Black People’s News Service’ published by the British Black Panther Party, the largest Black Power group in Britain, 1970, Catalogue ref: MEPO 31/21. 

Transcript 

[Source page 1.] 

BLACK PEOPLES NEWS SERVICE 

BLACK PEOPLE UNITE AND FIGHT BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY FOR OUR LIBERATION. SEIZE THE TIME! THE TIME IS NOW! 

black panther movement 

Black People’s News Service is meant to serve black people because the racist capitalist establishment in Britain has deliberately distorted black peoples history, has refused to give the true reason why we black people are here in Britain and are supressing information about the day to day struggle of black people here and all over the world… 

PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY BLACK PANTHER MOVEMENT 

… July 1970 

BLACK OPPRESSED PEOPLE TAKE TO PROTEST AGAINST RACISM AND EXPLOITATION (see page 3) 

BLACK YOUTH SHUT AT BUS STOP BY WHITE FASCISTS (page 2) 

TOBAGO WHITE HAVEN BLACK HELL (page 5) 

THE MAIN QUESTION FACING BLACK PEOPLE IS TO BE OR NOT TO BE 

Black Panther Movement statement on the election, page 4; 

THE BLACK STRUGGLE IN AMERICA 

Bulletin from BLACK PANTHER PARTY-INTERNATIONAL SECTION, ALGERIA, PAGE 6. 

 

[Source Page 2] 

[‘The Situation of Black People in Britain’ transcribed.] 

BLACK PANTHER MOVEMENT 

What we stand for 

BLACK PEOPLES’ NEWS SERVICE 1970 

BLACK PANTHER MOVEMENT in Britain stands fundamentally for the LIBERATION. Liberation of ALL oppressed People. And primarily the liberation of Black People totally from every form of enslavement and exploitation. 

The Situation of Black People in Britain 

Why are we, Black people, here in Britain in the first place? We are in Britain not by choice or by chance, but because of the historical fact that Britain first came to our own countries. Britain plundered and colonized our homelands with ruthless violence subjected us to the most inhuman torture and took us at gun point from Africa and Asia to the Caribbean and the Americas to up wealth for her. Britain took over our lands exercising control over our natural resources by brutal force….; and for 400 years now she has continued to pump the natural wealth of our different countries to [provide] a high standard of living for her people in this country while our own people back home who produce the wealth live in abject poverty and in the most inhuman condition. 

In the early part of this century Britain caused widespread economic depression and hard living conditions for us in our different countries. Britain herself was then facing a national disaster, industrial collapse and economic ruin as a result of the two world wars. Britain therefore induced us in ‘her Colonies’ to come here and help in the building of her ruined industries. Britain recruited us into her factories and firms for industrial production. Britain engaged our men and women to run her transport services and our nurses, midwives and doctors to maintain her health and medical services, thus Britain herself is responsible for our being in this country to provide the main labour force that keeps her industry going. 

Having been induced by Britain to make our homes her[e] Black People now face mounting Racism and Exploitation in Immigration, Employment, Housing, Education as well as increasing persecution and brutality by the police 

 

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Tasks 

  • What 3 words do the images on the front of newsletter suggest to you? Give your reasons.  
  • Can you explain why this newsletter is named ‘The Black Peoples’ News Service’? 
  • What does this Black Panther organisation stand for? Does this help us define ‘Black Power’?  
  • Why do you think the newsletter starts with the history of British colonialism? [Page 2]. 
  • According to this source, why did migrants come to Britain?  
  • How might this understanding of immigration help black people fight for equality?  
  • How does this source help to understand the meaning of Black Power in a global context