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The Black Panthers
by Marine, Gene.
Published by Signet, New York (1969)
Paperback First Edition
Measures 7x4 inches Weighs 6 ounces

Condition: Very Good.
Solid tight copy with clean pages
Cover is tanned and shows light blemishes and scuffs. Spine is creased.

"People are not really unconcerned about the problems
of blacks," a television news executive told me recently
(apparently unaware that blacks are people), "and I don't
think they're unwilling to do something about them. It's
just that they're tired of hearing about them."
AH right. I won't write about the problems of black
people. I shall write only about white problems, and in
fact only about one of those. That white problem is called
the Black Panther Party.
You have seen them, at least on television or in newspa­
per pictures: black berets, powder-blue turtlenecks, black
leather jackets, blade pants and shoes (in Los Angeles,
white T-shirts bearing the legend "Black Panther Party"),
and, where legal, guns. The guns, you have probably been
told, are for police, or for white oppressors, or—perhaps
—for you.
Perhaps no white man—and I am white—can ade­
quately convey the background of being black which is
necessary in order really to understand the Panthers, who
exist now in every major city in America and in quite a
few smaller ones. On the other hand, and always excepting
a couple of outstanding novelists, if a black man expressed
it adequately, he would have to be talking in blade terms,
and if you're white, you probably wouldn't understand
him anyway.
So I have undertaken to "explain" the Black Panthers,
as best I can, as a white reporter writing primarily for
other whites. I have no doubt that the alert will find in my
account ample evidence of racism—I cannot not be my­
self, and I am a white American. I can only say that I am
aware of the problem, and I've tried.
Unless your own politics are radical enough to have put

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