As a black woman, I have always heard mentions of the Black Panther Party, although as a Londoner, born in the late 1990s, this was always going to be limited when compared to that of African-Americans living in the US.
I learnt a bit about the Party at AS Level and found it very interesting to learn about this controversial aspect of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. As this was my first time learning about the Movement, as the only black student in the class, it was very hard for me to see the atrocities my people had gone through. I even received a racist comment by one of my classmates, lucky me. I was very glad to be born towards the end of the 20th century, but I knew and still do know that inequality still exists due to racism, xenophobia and sexism.
Skipping onto second year of my university course, I learnt about the African-American Civil Rights Movement once more, but from a different angle. Instead we were looking at the uses of sources in the Movement, such as pamphlets, posters, newspaper articles, oral histories etc. Once again, believe it or not, I was the sole black student learning about the hardships of black people in the US and it was not any easier.
Towards the end of second year we were prompted to start thinking about our dissertation topics. I had my heart set on doing Tudor England, as I had sort of an obsession for their way of live and how politically ambitious and almost evil the elites were. I have found that I have a weird interest in the gory parts of history, hence my hatred for social history of the working class. The reason as to why I failed to choose this topic was due to the hardship of having to learn and translate Old English, having to deal with their horrific spelling, punctuation and grammar agitated my soul. Meanwhile, during the real world of the 21st century, the tensity of race relations started to rise among African-Americans and the police force. Police brutality became an epidemic, and still is in my opinion, therefore I thought it be suitable to focus on the African-American Civil Rights Movement but from the militant perspective. Focusing mainly on the peaceful protests of the Movement had been done to death by educational institutions and I thought that not enough emphasis had been put on this controversial group of Black Liberation.
This blog will essentially track my progress, be a record of my dissertation’s journey and possibly my MA’s journey if I choose to follow the advice of my dissertation supervisor and pursue an MA in relation to race.