The Black Panther newspaper was first published in 1967, and over its 13-year run became an important vehicle for the Black Panthers’ campaign to raise consciousness, organize at the community level and provide basic social services. Offered here is the issue for February 6, 1971, containing a mix of news, editorials, adverts for Panthers events, and the Party’s program and platform.
The issue is of particular interest for its inclusion on page 15 of a small thematic map depicting “Guerilla Acts of Sabotage and Terrorism in the United States 1965-1970.” The map is “reprinted from Scanlan’s,” a short-lived (March 1970-January 1971) monthly dedicated to investigative journalism and sufficiently controversial that it was the subject of an FBI investigation.
The map depicts the United States in outline, with small circles showing the location and number of “acts of sabotage and terrorism” around the country, though concentrated around the major urban centers. It is accompanied by a two-page table with a chronological list of nearly 150 such events between March 22 and Sept. 7, 1970. Each event is cleverly accompanied by symbols representing the type of target (“government buildings,” “corporations,” and so on) and method (“sniping,” “bomb or dynamite,” etc.) The general point seems to be that the country was awash in violence against the establishment, though one could argue about the criteria for inclusion: For example, was every act of violence perpetrated on a policeman really a case of “sabotage” or “terrorism?”
Not in Persuasive Cartography: The PJ Mode Collection.