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When Huey Newton inspired the Polynesian Panthers of New Zealand who stood up to racism

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Huey Percy Newton was a revolutionary African-American political activist who did his best to correct what was described as the ills of the American society at the time and fought for the end of the oppression of people of color in the country. He and fellow student Bobby Seale formed the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in 1966 to fight police brutality against the black community in Oakland.
The party took on a militant stance coupled with the burgeoning pride associated with the black power movement. The Panther Party became infamous for brandishing guns, challenging the authority of police officers, and embracing violence as a necessary by-product of revolution. The Panthers were not just about being menacing, however, as the group introduced a series of goals such as fighting for better housing, jobs and education for African-Americans. These plans were laid out in the Panther Party’s “Ten-Point Program.

Six young New Zealand-born Pacific Islanders were inspired by the works of Newton and his party and in 1971, they created The Polynesian Panther Party (PPP). The PPP was a revolutionary social justice movement formed to fight racial inequalities carried out against indigenous Māori and Pacific Islanders in Auckland and New Zealand as a whole.

Pacific Islanders is a term used to describe the Indigenous peoples of Oceania (Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia). During the 1950s when New Zealand’s economy was not in good shape and needed workers, thousands of Pacific Islanders arrived. Over time, the color of the population changed in inner-city Auckland. The city was no longer all-White and this bothered people and authorities. Soon, Pacific Islanders faced issues such as racial profiling, redlining, disproportionate incarceration, and segregation in the sports world, according to this report.

Six young Maori and Pacific Islander men, namely, Fred Schmidt, Nooroa Teavae, Paul Dapp, Vaughan Sanft, Eddie Williams and Will ‘Ilolahia took notice of what was happening and founded the PPP on June 16, 1971, inspired by the American Black Panthers. The group was specifically inspired by the book Seize the Time by Bobby Seale of the American Black Panther movement. According to Stuff, the book’s central philosophy guided the PPP’s three-point platform — peaceful resistance, Pacific empowerment (identity work) and educating New Zealand about systemic racism.

“Initially it was the literature of the Black Panther Party in America that we got attracted to – the work they were doing in America, and when we read the books deeper we found out that the problems they were complaining about were the exact problems that we were seeing in New Zealand, so we decided to do something constructive and formed the Polynesian Panther Party,” Will ‘Ilolahia, who was the party chairman, said

With their black uniform and berets adopted from their peers in the United States, they seemed to be a threat to the White middle-class in New Zealand, however, their movement centered on community work, as stated by The PPP set up its headquarters in Ponsonby, a suburb of Auckland, and started to implement its program through community organizing and direct action.

“What was it all about being a Polynesian Panther? Standing up on behalf of our people, being good to your neighbour, don’t take no s… and stop this racism,” ‘Ilolahia was quoted by Stuff.

Indeed, acts of community care by Newton and his Panthers in the U.S. served as an inspiration to the Polynesian Panthers movement to serve the Polynesian community through grassroots community initiatives and of course protest of injustices. Some of its activities included youth programs intended to inspire community initiative and discourage gang integration, prison-visit programs, homework centres and tutoring for Pacific children, and free meal programs and food banks for families.

The PPP also kept aggressive police force accountable and organized legal aid for those unjustly evicted or fired or people who have lost their visas or under threat of deportation. All in all, it led programs that educated Māori and Pacific Islanders on their rights as New Zealand citizens. Within a few years, the PPP which was made up of former gang members, revolutionaries, university students and radicals expanded nationally with 13 chapters including its chapters in prisons and in South Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Dawn raids

From the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, special police squads conducted raids on the homes and workplaces of Pasifika overstayers throughout New Zealand usually at dawn. Over-stayers of Pacific Islander heritage were disproportionately targeted in these raids even though the majority of people overstaying were from the UK, Australia and South Africa, per this report.

In response, the Panthers organized “counter raids” outside the homes of government ministers, chanting around their homes with megaphones.The PPP’s actions helped to stop the dawn raids and the group even went on to successfully campaign for a state apology.

The Polynesian Panthers may not be very much alive today in New Zealand but their legacy as liberators can still be felt.


Why won’t white Folks Just Go Back to Europe?

By nature, humanity evolved and developed into cultures, colors and geographical boundaries. Africans on the African continent, Asians in the far east, Indian and Indian cultures in the Americas, Hebrews and Arabs in the Middle East, Caucasians in the north mountains, and various other shades of people in their own regions. But somehow Caucasians have not only spread out and integrated into almost every other land in the world, but they have taken some over and enacted their own laws, forcefully.

They took the America’s (north and south), parts of Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and some of the Middle East. However, they could not take the Far East or the entire continent of Africa because those nations have lived and survived centuries before Caucasians even learned to walk, and their resolve to hold their land is stronger than Caucasians realized.

Laws of nature and divine order have positioned the people of the world in environments they are more able to adapt to by reason of skin tone and their relationship with the climate and surroundings. Because this positioning of the cultures is based on natural law, when the natural order of things is disrupted by unnatural forces that are contrary to natural law, there is usually a need for a reset.

A major disruption calls for a major reset. The most obvious disruption today among the world cultures is a misunderstanding of who belongs where and who has first rights to the land they were naturally birthed to. Caucasians are the disrupters today; whereby they are attempting to relocate people of their native lands somewhere else while they themselves settle on that land.

With the use of violence, deceit, and unethical trading and business practices, Caucasians have succeeded in convincing themselves that they have all rights to whatever land they have wrestled away from the indigenous peoples. Unfortunately, they have not considered their relationship with the land itself or the environment they have claimed or the fundamentals of natural law. In other words, if the people cannot get them out of their native land, the land itself will purge them.

Caucasians develop diseases (mental and physical) in lands their immune systems or understanding cannot adapt to. They reject the foods of the native lands and bring in their own; which taint the original soil of the land, infect and kills off the wild life and ecological balance needed to naturally sustain the land. Afterward, they create and consume biological and chemical medicines that disrupt the immune system and they outlaw the natural, plant-based remedies meant to cure sickness that the indigenous peoples were used to.

Because of their egregious pleasure to maintain power over the land and people, they have thrown nature off balance which in turn throws humanity into abnormal directions morally and psychologically. Themselves almost surely because they now attempt to throw people off the land they inhabited by nature, and tell them to go back to where they came from. This psychological misfire is against all that is natural and have surely already broken a neurological wire in their brains.

The result of this malfunction in the minds of Caucasians is one of the reasons the world cannot find peace. The object of dividing the nations and cultures onto their own lands and in their own environment was so humanity could live in peace with one another. So when white folks insist on a segregated society, they must realize and understand that until they themselves return to the place of the Caucasus Mountains, there will never be peace on earth.