Revolutionary Suicide is smart, unrepentant and thought-provoking in its portrayal of inspired radicalism. Eloquently tracing the birth of a revolutionary, Huey P. Newton’s famous and oft-quoted autobiography is as much a manifesto as a portrait of the inner circle of America’s Black Panther Party. From Newton’s impoverished childhood to his adolescence and struggles with the system, from his role in the Black Panthers to his solitary confinement in the Alameda County Jail.
If you know very little about the Black Panthers or even if you believe you’re an expert on their history and organisation, I encourage you to pick up a copy of this amazing autobiography. The insight into Huey’s soul, thoughts, and adventures is worth your time.
“Black men and women who refuse to live under oppression are dangerous to white society because they become symbols of hope to their brothers and sisters, inspiring them to follow their example.”
“I and my comrades have a death wish; it means just the opposite. We have such a strong desire to live with hope and human dignity that existence without them is impossible. When reactionary forces crush us, we must move against these forces, even at the risk of death. We will have to be driven out with a stick.”