By Mason Weaver | 4:49 pm, July 19, 2016
The Black Panthers were black cats; the New Black Panthers are kittens.

I know, because I was a Black Panther. In our day, we protested and demonstrated for the right to join America, to participate in the American dream. This New Black Panther party believes begging white people is the key to success.

Black Lives Matter may as well change its name to “Black Lies Scatter” after the embarrassing and cowardly display in Dallas. When the gunfire started, BLM members scattered like children chasing down an ice cream truck. Police officers running toward the gunfire had to dodge self-serving “Black Warriors” running for safety.

I guess Black Lives do Matter… to white cops.

The NBP and BLM are just looking for territory. The New Black Panthers should be setting up businesses, selling products, starting schools, and organizing black folks for success. If they want their own nation they need to hold a convention, develop a platform, and introduce legislation. Instead they are conducting themselves in the same manner as any other inner city gang.

These groups should both be judged by their fruits. Because BLM hasn’t told us anything about their goals, I can only conclude they are being used as someone’s tool. Who that is does not matter. I just don’t trust tools.

The “White Privilege” concept is a surrender of your racial identity and acceptance of the inferiority complex drilled into black people today. Believing in “White Privilege” is believing that white people are superior and need to take better care of their slaves. It requires you to accept the concept that white people control everything and the only hope you have is to beg for a better life.

If you believe in “White Privilege” you are weak and non-competitive. I have never met a white person who was superior to me. I have met some that are more experienced, more successful, or more talented, but I have never met a superior white person in my life.

Black Lives Matter should compete. You will lose some and win some but you will be in charge.

Back in the 1970s we marched for the right to vote. The New Black Panthers are trying to intimidate voters into not voting. BLM and their ilk demand minimum wages instead of striving for maximum wages. They seek low-income housing instead of high-income housing. Every problem, real or imagined, facing the black community seems to require a government solution.

Back in the 1970s, we demanded equal access and the opportunity to compete in America. Once we won that, we started competing. Then the liberals started looking for programs to manage the lives of black people. Many of my colleagues supported those efforts. I rejected them. I rejected affirmative action, the 8-A program, and all of the other liberal management programs. It is a system of slavery, not freedom.

If Black Americans want slavery, then they should continue to support those who have been leading them for 50 years. Nothing will change. Schools will remain horrible. Drugs will continue to plague our communities. Jobs will be scarce, and prison will continue to deprive us of our youth.

White privilege is not holding us back. Not accepting our American privilege is what’s holding us back.

Mason Weaver studied sociology at Merritt College under Melvin Newton, Huey Newton’s older brother and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. He is a former member of the Black Panther party.