Learning about Eldridge Cleaver, former Black Panther

Archived speech at UCLA (10/4/1968):

Was a colorful figure, to say the least. Started out committing petty crimes and was sent to reform schools. Then graduated on to raping black women, honing his skills until he felt comfortable attacking white women as well, which he openly admitted to in his essays written during his time served at Folsom state prison. Those essays were later published as a book titled Soul on Ice.

Wound up involved in a shooting between the Black Panther Party and Oakland, CA, police officers. Then skipped out on bail and left the country, headed to Cuba and then Algeria and then France. Came back to the U.S. years later with a different attitude about communism after witnessing it up close and personal abroad. Came out as a Republican by the early 1980s and spoke out in support of Ronald Reagan, despite his expressed disdain for the man in the past. Was actually permitted to teach students at a California university after all that too.

Over time he switched from Islam to Christianity, then to Mormonism specifically, then back to evangelical Christianity later in life.

Then he got involved in using crack cocaine in the late ’80s and ’90s and faced a couple charges related to that plus burglary. Then somehow got his head bashed in, presumably by another crackhead, and was found wandering the streets bleeding and incoherent with crack in his pocket.

His wife divorced him, stating that he had changed ever since leaving Algeria and basically wasn’t mentally stable. He died in 1998 at age 62.

So, that’s Leroy Eldridge Cleaver in a nutshell. Some folks still glorify him as though he was a quality role model. I’m not understanding their enthusiasm over this character.

Following are quotes from Eldridge Cleaver:

We would go out and ambush cops, but if we got caught we would blame it on them and claim innocence. I did that personally in the case I was involved in.… We went after the cops that night, but when we got caught we said they came after us. We always did that. When you talk about the legacy of the ’60s, that’s one legacy. That’s what I try to address, because it helped to distort the image of the police, but I’ve come to the point where I realize that our police department is necessary.

  • Interview by Reason magazine (1986), referring to the death of Bobby Hutton

I can understand J. Edgar Hoover, because he wasn’t inaccurate.… He said that we were the main threat. We were trying to be the main threat. We were trying to be the vanguard organization. J. Edgar Hoover was an adversary, but he had good information. We were plugged into all of the revolutionary groups in America, plus those abroad. We were working hand-in-hand with communist parties here and around the world, and he knew that.

  • Interview by Reason magazine (1986)

From his book Soul on Ice:

I became a rapist. To refine my technique and modus operandi, I started out by practicing on black girls in the ghetto — in the black ghetto where dark and vicious deeds appear not as aberrations or deviations from the norm, but as part of the sufficiency of the Evil of the day — and when I considered myself smooth enough, I crossed the tracks and sought out white prey. I did this consciously, deliberately, willfully, methodically — though looking back I see that I was in a frantic, wild and completely abandoned frame of mind.

Rape was an insurrectionary act. It delighted me that I was defying and trampling upon the white man’s law, upon his system of values, and that I was defiling his women — and this point, I believe, was the most satisfying to me because I was very resentful over the historical fact of how the white man has used the black woman. I felt I was getting revenge.

[bold emphasis mine]

Why people choose to pedestalize this man, I do not understand. He may have been intelligent, but that does not in any way minimize the severity of his crimes. Why he was allowed to later on teach college students is beyond me. All I can really appreciate him for was his honesty after-the-fact.

“Gutfeld: Why hate crime law sucks” (Fox News)

Agreed. Whether motivated by hate due to political leanings, disability or race, it’s all cruel and hateful. Never favored this legislation from the beginning, but I at least want to see it applied across the board and not used to cater to certain races/groups specifically.

And yes, what about all the people who watched the Facebook footage and didn’t report it to authorities after all those hours the torture went on. Amazing that people viewing it at the time decided to let that slide. The victim was obviously mentally slow and made to drink out of a toilet by super-aggressive jerks. Not sure how people just chose to ignore that going on.


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An excellent compilation that I wish others would take time to view. Will add more of the videos when I get back from my afternoon work.

Back in and continuing on…

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Especially appreciate that last man’s commentary in video 10.

Part 11:

Excellent response.

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Glad I watched ’til the end. A lot of interesting voices there. Also wasn’t what I expected from rapper Lil Wayne (never listened to his music, so far as I’m aware, but have listened at least on one other occasion to his commentary before).

Overall, I’m very glad this compilation series was created.

“Why I am Mostly Attacking the ‘Liberals’ (Hint; it Isn’t Because I Moved Right)”

By Styxhexenhammer666 in 09/2016.

I agree with him and my view changed as well during the G.W. Bush’s administration’s invasion of Iraq in the early 2000s. Messed with my head and sent me on a bigger information hunt which continues forevermore in the political and economic spectrums.

“Happy New Year And Yes You Have A Lot To Be Thankful For Damit”

Good video. Have been enjoying this man’s perspective since stumbling across his channel for the first time yesterday. Don’t agree with everything this man states but I can appreciate a different perspective possessing substance.

“Why Black Lives Matter Is Bad For Black People”

Haven’t watched Cult of Dusty’s channel in a long while.

But that was a valuable video I’m glad to have stumbled across. Not fully in agreement with him, particularly the part about believing police brutality is such a prevalent issue impacting all races in America. Have to call a bit of bullshit on that despite having closely known white men who’ve been treated roughly by cops at times. Why? Drugs, booze, violation of parole in one case, smart-mouthing, etc. We have a right to freedom of speech, but insult anyone cruelly enough and they’ll likely react, some cops included. Not saying it’s right, just acknowledging that our own compliance plays a role here. More fruitful to fight the System in the courts rather than with an arresting cop on the streets. Best of all to not give the police a reason to arrest us in the first place.

Personally speaking, I’m not too interested in pandering to keep the black “kids” from getting angry. Might as well aim to say what we mean and mean what we say. Makes life less confusing. I don’t understand what’s become of the white guilt trend in the U.S. Like “liberals” are becoming paranoid yet bent on concocting dramatic events and spurring others into responding via provocative language and attempts at intimidations.

What rights? We only have privileges.

A video of mine from a couple years back:

Felt timely, once again, at this juncture.

“Black mob tortures retarded white kid in Chicago — 10th anniversary of worst case ever.”

Colin Flaherty covered this most recent story, as well as other notably heinous crimes.

Fucks with a person’s head to listen to that girl laugh as her friends beat on that autistic boy. I’m with everybody else who says four individuals deserved to be shot. That’s putting it lightly and somewhat politely.

And people seriously wonder why I refuse to bring children of my own into this world…  If that were my child being treated like that, I’d lose my damn mind, guaranteed. Guaranteed.

Just when you think things might not get any worse, they do. Look, I agree that black lives indeed do matter, but so do everybody else’s and this is PURE BULLSHIT! When you treat another human being like this, you forfeit your right to live. That’s how it operates in my book anyway, as I’m sure many Americans would agree. To do somebody like this for your own entertainment is beyond sick and twisted — it is a declaration to the world that you have become SO INCREDIBLY PSYCHOTICALLY DESTRUCTIVE and care absolutely nothing at all for the lives of others or for your own life. That clearly is the message being sent here. Crystal clear.

Also very emotional watching the part of the video about Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, a couple young people who were savagely raped, tortured and murdered in Tennessee ten years ago. Listening to their family members speak is heart-breaking. I just couldn’t go on after losing a loved one harmed like that, that extensively and cruelly. How does one not give up in the face of such a horrific tragedy? I don’t know. Must involve a lot more strength than someone like me could possess.

Lord, I don’t understand how humans can inflict such horrors on one another. We are the special species in that regard. This all just has me in a pool of tears over here today. I just can’t even barely imagine suffering such a fate and wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Wouldn’t even wish it on those depraved human beings who did that to others because it can only destroy the soul of anyone carrying out such evil violence. A bullet is much more merciful for all involved, not that I like having to say that, but I see no other way around it. Put them in prison to groom other prisoners to become just as wicked sounds like a recipe for disaster as well. But the Law will do what it will do, and we know that this justice system was constructed for this reason, to maintain our civility individually as well as societally. That matters. Doesn’t cease to matter despite such incredibly barbaric behaviors pushing us to feel the blinding need for vengeance. Gotta be bigger than that, or else forfeit our own right to freedom and/or life. And there I’m saying this to us out in society, not to the victims’ families since their pain can’t help but warp their outlook on life, perhaps forevermore. Channon’s daddy’s expression of pain, sorrow and hate for those who did this to his daughter and her friend is understandable. Hard not to feel hate when your life has been robbed of someone so valuable to you and for no good reason.

There are no fool-proof answers in this life. Just a bunch of tough questions and tougher consequences to reckon with. Very easy to get depressed when sitting with such material frequently, as I know Colin has had to do as a journalist and now as an author and youtube video contributor of this nature. I’ve routinely tuned in to trying to make some sort of sense of the human condition all my life and it’s lessons are heart-breaking and enraging. No getting around that. Just a whole lot of harsh and unfortunate truths to contend with and so many questions we’ll never have answered in this plane of existence, if ever.

Civility — I do believe that’s an important word for the rest of us to keep in mind as we go forward. Think about what it really means at its core and what it asks of us humans. I fear what’s coming could possibly be awful if people lose their heads and take to vigilante justice. But then again, I don’t know what the right answer is anymore. Just don’t want innocent people to wind up targeted because of the actions of thugs.

Just came across this Whitehouse.gov petition being circulated demanding that Brittany Herring and her friends be charged with “hate crimes.” I don’t favor hate crime legislation and would rather see it done away with other than perhaps being treated as an enhancement to another criminal offense, but so long as such legislation does continue to exist it deserves to be applied fairly in cases where it’s warranted. Imagine if the races were reversed in that case — who wouldn’t consider it a “hate crime” then?

“[News] WTF – White Man Kidnapped and Beaten by Anti-Trump Gang” (and more)

Mundane Matt’s take on this recent horrific event in Chicago where Brittany Herring and friends bound, gagged, tortured and beat a special needs young man and live-streamed their criminality on Facebook:


I watched this portion of her original video. Sick and stupid doesn’t begin to cover it…

[Video has since been removed, but another copy is viewable on Heavy.com]

Straight-out psychotic and cruel. Not to mention narcissistic.

Another commentary video on this where a little earlier footage from the live-stream event is provided:

She likely wasn’t accurate in linking these criminal thugs with the Black Lives Matter movement since it’s not clear that that was their motivation. However, it is very clear from the thugs’ own words that they were motivated by racial prejudice and feeling desire to intimidate and mistreat those they assume were Trump supporters. We don’t honestly know if the white young man in question voted for Trump or even is old enough to vote at all, not that that matters one iota. The lady in that last video is correct that since Trump’s victory all we’re really seeing are crimes being committed against his supporters and hoaxes manufactured by people trying to draw sympathy toward their Leftist positions. It’s unnerving, folks, that this is what America is dwindling into, yet at the same time so many wish to blame Trump and his supporters for why this outcome is occurring, which makes absolutely no sense. This trend is about open intimidation of the public. And where is Hillary in denouncing this shit? Where’s Obama? Where’s Bernie Sanders? Suddenly M.I.A. Because if Russia can’t be blamed, then apparently it just doesn’t really matter.

Fucking sickens me. The more I look into news reports spanning back over the last couple of years and hear of racial tensions mounting, the more it looks like black folks (not all obviously but enough) are helping in orchestrating a self-fulfilling prophecy where they “martyr” themselves via suicide by cops or otherwise commit criminal acts that land them in over-populated prisons so that they can bitch about the unfairness of it all. But this is how a civilized society operates — criminals are supposed to be dealt with by the Law, not pandered to. The political Left doesn’t see it this way though and instead makes all kinds of excuses for why all of this somehow is ultimately a result of inequality created and perpetuated by white folks. As if a narrative that simple can honestly sum up what’s happening here.

Look, I’m not coming at this from the political Right and was not a voter for Trump. Actually have never voted for a Republican presidential nominee so far. I’ve always been a registered Independent who primarily votes third, fourth and fifth party in any given election. So my goal here isn’t to pick a side and lambaste its opposition. No, that shit is unhelpful and unproductive, IMO. Like I told my liberal friends whom I chatted with last night on related political matters who tried pigeon-holing me on the Right, as is so common, I consider myself both liberal and conservative and am highly critical of both the Democractic and Republican parties. Apparently a disclaimer of this nature is required, lest others leap to assumptions and dismiss your opinion outright or strawman your position. Which is further mind-fuckery since we can’t even have a real conversation much of the time on such issues in our country since so many want to jump in a camp and cloak themselves with righteous indignation provided therein. Getting so sick of it. Bring up a story like this and likely someone will assume your motive is racist, as if that’s all that could possibly make sense here.