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Back in the ‘60s, the founders of the Black nationalist Black Panther Party told white radicals asking to join the BPP to go found their own party. Thus, the White Panther Party was born. The WPP was generally viewed as a far lesser threat than the BPP to national security by various national and local police organizations in the United States. However, actions taken by members of the WPP, whether alleged or actual, did serve to expose the FBI’s widespread illegal wiretapping of the BPP’s phones.
California was the spark of many radical movements of the ‘60s. It was the spark of the old prison rights movement during the time of George Jackson. This new movement is occasioned by the mass incarceration that people did not know of back in the ‘70s and the growth of control units, or SHUs, as they call them in California.