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Aaron / Black Power and Communtiy Organizing

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Interviewer: Can you describe the purpose and goal of People’s Party Two? Aaron: Purpose and goal? Purpose and goal was to free black people. To empower black people. To have decent housing, education, end of police brutality, respect, dignity. It’s about all that, you know what I mean? That’s basically—I can feel all that, you know what I mean? Self-defense. The idea of defending ourselves because the civil rights movement at the time was going on. The idea of not being non-violent, that idea appealed to me to. Interviewer: What are your feelings about the self-defense and the non-violent? Were they in conflict with one another or did you think the two ideas were on the same wavelength? What was your opinion about the two methods? Aaron: Well, we had a right to defend ourselves. Plus, you know, I’m a young man. Used to watch the TV and see black people getting beat up, heads knocked in, and I didn’t think we should have to do that without defending ourselves. I could relate to that idea. Blacks defending themselves, bearing arms, you know? I could relate to that.

Interview Interview with James Aaron
Subjects Citizenship › Civic Engagement
Citizenship › Political Rights
Housing
Community Organizations › Civil Rights Organizations
Community Organizations › Civil Rights Organizations › National and Regional Civil Rights Organizations
Community Organizations › Civil Rights Organizations › Local Civil Rights Organizations
Race Relations
Race Relations › Black-White Race Relations
Race Relations › Skin Color in Race Relations
White Resistance to Civil Rights
White Resistance to Civil Rights › Hate Crimes and Violence
White Resistance to Civil Rights › Hate Crimes and Violence › Assault as Hate Crime
Education
Police and Law Enforcement
Police and Law Enforcement › Police Brutality
Media
Media › Mainstream Media
Recreation and Leisure › Consumption of Radio/Television/Film
Ideology
Black Power
Black Power › Local Black Power Organizations
Black Power › Black Power and Community Organizing
Tags Hampton, Carl
The People's Party II
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Interview date 2016-06-08
Interview source CRBB Summer 2016
Interviewees Aaron, James
Interviewers Enriquez, Sandra
Rodriguez, Samantha
Duration 00:02:05
Citation "Black Power and Communtiy Organizing," from James Aaron oral history interview with Sandra Enriquez and Samantha Rodriguez,  June 08, 2016, Houston,TX, Civil Rights in Black and Brown Interview Database, https://crbb.tcu.edu/clips/2494/self-defense-i-could-relate-to-that, accessed November 13, 2019