Wednesday, July 27, 2005

“Sell Out” Is Sometimes Too Mild A Phrase

The Huey P. Newton Foundation seeks to keep alive the teachings of the deceased Black Panther Party co-founder by reprinting his writings and promoting the Party’s platform online. Former Party leader David Hilliard and Newton’s widow, who run the foundation, have come up with particularly unsavory way to profit from the name of a dead man. They intend to release a “Revolutionary Hot Sauce” bearing Huey’s likeness. They also want to trademark the phrase “Burn Baby Burn” and use it as a marketing slogan. That sound you hear is Huey (a communist who spent several years in exile in Cuba) spinning in his grave.


Blogger The Bookhouse Boy said...

Just following in the footsteps of Bobby Seale:

5:13 PM  
Blogger Henry Garfield said...

Point taken, but I would argue that Bobby Seale has for the most part kept his culinary and political activities separate. This new project by Huey Newton’s heirs directly links the two in a way I just can’t imagine he would have approved of.

8:20 PM  

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