The Black Panther’s Secret North Korean Fetish

Did you know that the Black Panther Party had a deep and long-running affection for Kim Il Sung and North Korea's 'Juche' ideology? No, neither did we...
December 20th, 2012

Broken wine bottles and hypodermic needles are very effective. Pork chop and chicken bones can even be utilized as weapons. This is ‘Juche’ relying on what you have, to sustain your resistance.

Or so reads a Black Panther newspaper article from February 1970. A year earlier, the Panthers discovered the Juche Idea after Eldridge Cleaver

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About the Author

Benjamin R. Young

Benjamin R. Young has a bachelor's and master's degree in history from The State University of New York, The College at Brockport. He will begin his PhD studies in modern Korean history at The George Washington University in Fall 2014. He has studied the Korean language at Geumgang University in Nonsan, South Korea and with the Pyongyang Project in Yanji, China. 

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  • Peter Ward

    There are lots of references to the Black Panthers (흑인펜셔당) in The Korean Central Yearbook (조선중앙년감) from the mid-1960s to the late 1970s. Is there any chance I could see your MA? I am currently writing a piece on North Korean official perceptions of American economy, politics and society, and I must admit your work sounds absolutely fascinating…