Episode 3: The Black Panther Movie and Questions of Black Liberation

In this episode of On Mass I discuss the dynamics and implications of the movie “Black Panther” and the contours of Black liberation. I also talk about some of the historical debates around this topic and discuss the opinions of Marcus Garvey, A. Phillip Randolph, Cyril Briggs, and Harry Haywood and relate them to an ongoing debate I’ve been having with members of the African People’s Socialist Party and Black liberals.


Joshua Bloom – Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party
Harry Haywood – Black Bolshevik: Autobiography of an Afro-American Communist
Mark Solomon – The Cry Was Unity: Communists and African Americans
Ryan Miniot – The Black Left’s War On Marcus Garvey and Garveyism
Louis J. Parascandola – Cyril Briggs and the African Blood Brotherhood
Cyril Briggs – The Negro Convention


2 thoughts on “Episode 3: The Black Panther Movie and Questions of Black Liberation”

  1. Currently listening to the episode on china which is great do far. I see you mention APSP here. IDK if you are aware since I did not listen to this episode but APSP is an exploitative fake communist cult. The leader Omali Yeshitela claimed his ex wife was a cop because she sued him for refusing to pay child support. Yeshitela was actually kicked out of the party by black women because he beat his partner (a different woman after his ex wife) & beat another party member who tried to stop him. But he used the party’s white funders to smear the black women in the party as “lesbian separatists” who were part of an FBI operation & rebuilt a new organization without them. APSP has been called out numerous times in the last couple of years for similar abusive cultish behavior but many of those call outs are now hard to find. I personally believe it is because the party works hard to silence them. You can read more about the events surrounding Yeshitela’s misogynoirist violence in the interview “Ajowa Ifateyo: Speaking Up Front”. I can add that I’ve personally engaged with their non black solidarity wing and a bunch of white people claiming “Uhuru” while oppressing, exploiting, and abusing black people is all they are.


    1. That’s startling news. I definitely heavily criticize them in the episode and actually am not a fan of them on an ideological and political level at all. It’s no surprise that they would uphold Garvey and then conduct themselves in a way that would exacerbate patriarchal and oppressive practices. It doesn’t shock me that they would emulate Garveyism and have these sort of things occur and be accepted in their ranks.


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