The handbook for tween leftists and feminists, Teen Vogue, celebrated the anniversary of the Black Panthers Tuesday by applauding the group for founding free lunch programs, political education classes, and their concept “radical self-defense,” apparently forgetting that the Black Panthers, and their subsequent iterations were famous for, well, other things.
Teen Vogue Tweeted its congratulations to Black Panthers founders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale and authored a glowing retrospective on the organization.
The Black Panther Party, founded on this day in 1966 by two students, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, was known for its free breakfast program, political education classes, and belief in radical self-defense. https://t.co/Sdm7bjP3Ux
— Teen Vogue (@TeenVogue) October 15, 2018
Teen Vogue applauded the Black Panthers in their article, crediting them with a history of “non-violence” spent agitating “for guaranteed income, affordable housing,” and expressing “an opposition to the military, particularly the involvement of African-Americans in a military complex perceived as colonial.”
Now all that is, technically, true. The Panthers did have primarily political goals, and they did create quite the free lunch program for underprivileged school children, but leaders of the Black Panthers were implicated in more than 30 murders, many of police officers. Seale himself was accused of murdering and dismembering a fellow Black Panther. That allegation was never proven, however.
Teen Vogue writes off the allegations as a “rumor” designed to sully the Black Panthers’ good name.