With the help of $5,000 of your money from Creative NZ, Reeds are set to publish on June 9th a history of the Polynesian Panther Movement. A ’70s and ’80s phenononon, the Panthers were directly modelled on their US counterparts, the Black Panthers, right down to the berets, shades, slogans and moustaches.
Edited by “Panther” founder member and current Director of Pacific Island Studies at Auckland University, Dr Melanie Anae, the book should shed more light on the Marxist underpinnings of racial politics in NZ.
In a 2004 “Anew” article Dr Anae quotes from some Panther material to demonstrate their proposed solution to the “racism” they encountered.
The revolution we openly rap about is one of total change. The revolution is one to liberate us from racism, oppression and capitalism. We see many of our problems of oppression and racism are tools of this society’s outlook based on capitalism; hence for total change one must change society altogether (Polynesian Panther Party, 1975: 226)
Worth a look for anyone interested in “National Question” politics.