One of the reasons that Fred Hampton had to be assassinated was because he was bringing the Black Stone Rangers gang in Chicago, along with Disciples, another gang in Chicago which were rival gangs, together against the police.
Their energies are not correctly channeled. They’re channeled by the police. It’s the police who spawn gangs in America. It’s the police who bring drugs into the community. It’s the police who control the drugs in the community. It’s the police who organize Africans to sell drugs in the community making it look like they’re not involved in it.
We did a video with the leadership of the Crypts and the Bloods when they tried to come together two years ago before the rebellion. We told them the only way they will find unity is coming together to protect our community against racist police. I even told them then, “the very guns which the police give to you”-Police would get these guns, you understand? As a young man in SNCC I was carrying a gun since 1962.
So these gangs must be organized against the police because the police are the front liners of the organized gangs in the country.
What they want to do is to make the entire African community insecure among each other. When they saw the feeling of solidarity that was developing in the 60’s, you understand? They said, “We got to stop this quick. We’ve got to bring insecurity inside here so when they see each other they wont say ‘hey brother!’ they’ll say ‘are you going to kill me?’.”
That’s all, but it ain’t goin nowhere, Jack. It’s just going to make us stronger for the second round on them because victory is ours no matter which way they come."
Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael)