Published On: Thu, Apr 5th, 2018

Black Caucus leader Virgie Rollins taps into her Black Panther path to call for a ‘revolution’

The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee’s Black Caucus, Virgie Rollins, admitted at a small town hall in Detroit Saturday that she is a former Black Panther, a radical protest organization that was formed in the 1960s.

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“I’m a former Black Panther and, when we talk about the movement , as a former Black Panther with Angela Davis and Kathleen Cleaver, it was important … to make people understand it was about the movement for us,” said Rollins. “Educating us. We got out and we taught kids, we fed the hungry, and we clothed the naked.”

An insider recorded the incident and posted the clip online.

Rollins asks blacks to vote for Democrats in the 2018 midterms and help take Congress back from the Republican Party.

“We got to turn back to the revolution!” Rollins yelled.

Sitting near Rollins was Democratic National Committee Deputy Chairman Keith Ellison, D-Minn.

The Black Panther Party’s radical history dates back to 1966, when it was founded and served as a community organization to protect blacks from police brutality by law enforcement officers in Oakland, Calif. As the movement grew across the country, the United Kingdom and Algeria, it faced allegations of being focused on “defiant posturing over substance,” according to author Hugh Pearson.

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Back in 2016 Rollins told the Michigan Chronicle that she joined the Black Panther Party in 1966 after she moved to Detroit.

“My father was probably the only African American pastor in Benton Harbor at the time,” she said. “So what happened was, I had never seen that many black people in my life [when I moved to Detroit]. So I joined the Black Panther Party. In Detroit.”

During the interview, Rollins also excitedly related how the Panthers were gathering guns and threatening revolution and noted how she is the “real McCoy” because she approved of the behavior.

“And so Angela Davis, Huey Newton, and all them come. And so where do they want to meet? At the bishop’s house. At our house. So my husband is working for Chrysler, and he comes home and I just got all into it. And they had all these guns and they were talkin about we gotta start shootin and reorganizing. And they were organizing this big rally and H. Rap was gonna be speaking,” she said.

“There are nine girls and seven boys in my family. So we all learned how to shoot. And the Black Panthers were talking about walking down the street with a rifle? I’m getting all into this stuff! Cause, you know, it’s in the blood, and I’m the real McCoy.”

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