Washington Post on Chauncey Bailey

Check out the Washington Post‘s take on the murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey: “For Some in Oakland, Editor’s Death Shows Subversion of Black Activism.”

“To some,” writes Karl Vick, “the suspect’s ties to a black Muslim bakery held a darker significance, a symbol that Oakland’s radical black movement — a history that spawned such national figures as Huey Newton and Angela Davis — had over the years gone awry, and that the violence that infused parts of that tradition had been tolerated too long.”

The article continues:

“This community has a radical tradition, including the Black Panthers, the West Coast Black Arts Movement, the establishment of black studies,” said Marvin X, a militant-turned-writer, standing in the doorway of a downtown photocopy shop. “Look at where we are now. We’ve gotten off course from our tradition. Radicalism has been aborted to criminality.”

The article later goes on to quote Oakland poet Ishmael Reed as saying:

This was sort of the Oakland version of a fatwa. … This will wake up the African American elite, because they could be next. They feel very vulnerable now, after hundreds of people have been killed in the streets.

What do you think – is the fate of the Black Muslim bakery activism gone astray, or something very different altogether?

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