Remember when the National Park Service (NPS) marked the inauguration of President Trump by retweeting messages that targeted the incoming Trump Administration, prompting a directive sent from its Washington support office to cease all operations on Twitter?
Put NPS together with the leftist University of California, Berkeley, and what have you got?
It ain’t bibbidy, bobbidy, boo.
Instead, it’s a $100K grant NPS is giving UC Berkeley to “honor the legacy” of one of the most virulent America-hating groups of the 20th century, the Black Panther Party (BPP).
The grant totals $97,999.70; the funding announcement states:
The project will discover new links between the historical events concerning race that occurred in Richmond during World War II and the subsequent emergence of the BPP in the San Francisco Bay Area two decades later through research, oral history and interpretation. Committed to truthfully honoring the legacy of BPP activists and the San Francisco Bay Area communities they served, the project seeks to document the lives of activists and elders and the landscapes that shaped the movement … the project will document how the BPP impacted the visual arts, music, dance, and styles of the 1960s 70s and 80s will underscore the vastness of its impact on American culture. Bay Area sites that shaped the BPP will be identified in an effort to memorialize a history that brought meaning to lives far beyond the San Francisco Bay Area.
The FBI describes the Black Panther Party this way: “The Black Panther Party (BPP) is a black extremist organization founded in Oakland, California in 1966. It advocated the use of violence and guerilla tactics to overthrow the U.S. government.”
As Discover the Networks has noted:
In 1970, Panther “minister of culture” Emory Douglas stated: “The only way to make this racist U.S. government administer justice to the people it is oppressing, is ... by taking up arms against this government, killing the officials, until the reactionary forces ... are dead, and those that are left turn their weapons on their superiors ... thereby passing revolutionary judgment against the number one enemy of all mankind, the racist U.S. government.’”
BPP members were arrested 348 times for murder, armed robbery, rape, and burglary in 1969.
But for the NPS and UC Berkeley, “honoring the legacy of BPP activists” is something worth $100,000 of funding.
It shouldn’t be a surprise.