How we stop the Black Panthers?
Ronald Reagan cooked up an answer
How do you stop the Black Panthers? Not by attacking them head on (though, the government did that too), but by destroying the community that the Panthers came from.
This primarily refers to the Mulford Act of 1967 which Reagan passed as the governor of California to limit open firearm wielding. He was inspired to do this to help suppressed the Black Panther movements of the time.
But, could also allude to the connection between the CIA, Iran, and the Contra rebels in which the 1980s the federal government, led by Republican president Ronald Reagan, invented and distributed crack to predominantly Black communities in the hopes that its spread would hinder Black Power organizations like the Black Panthers.
There’s also some wordplay with “cooked up”.
It’s been noted that Kanye’s dad was a member of the Black Panther Party, and he left the party to become one of the first black photojournalists.
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