DNC Black Caucus Chair: ‘I’m a Former Black Panther’

By Paul Crookston

The Democratic National Committee’s Black Caucus chairwoman Virgie Rollins said Saturday that she used to be a member of the Black Panther Party.

DNC vice chairman Keith Ellison was listening and appeared to notice the Republican tracker who was secretly taping the conversation. About a minute after Rollins first mentioned the Black Panthers, Ellison seems to look directly at the tracker and began whispering with someone next to him, but before the video cut off it captured Rollins’ comments.

“I’m a former Black Panther,” Rollins said. “And when we talked about the movement, as a former Black Panther with Angela Davis and Kathleen Cleaver, it was important for us to make people understand that it was about the movement for us, educating us.”

She touted the group’s community work, including teaching and helping to feed the poor. She also invoked Martin Luther King, Jr., even though the civil rights leader took issue with the Black Panthers’ movement.

“Mass incarceration did not just happen in Republican hands,” she said, adding a range of other issues including police brutality and charter schools.

She told listeners that they need to help direct the party as they seek to win back Congress.

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Source:: Washington Free Beacon