IN PURSUIT OF OVERSTANDING THE HISTORICAL RED IN BLACK
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Red Books for Guns
From Seize the Time by Bobby Seale
We were sitting in a car one day, in front of a doctor's office, where Huey had gone. We had just finishedreading in the papers about the Red Book. The Red Book was all over TV - the Red Book of China.The Red Book became a key thing with the Cultural Revolution that was going on in China, and Huey said,"You know what? I know how we can make some money to buy some guns." I said, "How?" "We can sellthose Red Books. I know that many brothers on the block would not even buy a Red Book, but I do knowthat many of those leftist radicals at Berkeley will buy the Red Book." Huey went on to talk about thecommunity of 26,000 at Cal, and how maybe a third or maybe a quarter of them were radicals or liberalswho'd be interested in the Red Book, since it was being publicized so heavily.The next thing you know, Huey asked me, "How much money do you have?" And I said, "Well, I have about$45 or $50 on me." He said, "Well, let's go buy a batch of Red Books and go up to Cal and sell them. I betwe can get a dollar apiece for them." I said, "Right on time."You know what we did? We went over to the China Book Store in San Francisco and we bought up twobatches of the Red Book, thirty in a package, and got back over here and we sold them motherfuckers atCal campus some Red Books. We sold the Red Books inside of an hour, at a dollar apiece and that shockedus. So we took all that money and we went back to the bookstore and bought all the Red Books the manhad left in the store. I think we had three or four more packages. We bought out all the Red Books, payingthirty cents for them. We made a deal with the bookstore. We told them, "We are the Black Panther Party,and could an organization get a discount?" and the next thing I knew, we had enough money to buy twoshotguns. This is the way it was.We got up to Cal the next day at 10:00 A.M., right around the time the student traffic gets heavy in front ofSather Gate. Huey did his sales pitch, "Power comes out of the barrel of a gun. Quotations from ChairmanMao Tse Tung. Get your Red Book." The books were going like hot cakes.I was hollering, "Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse Tung. Get your Red Book. I just learned that two CIAagents were converted to dedicated communists. Get your Red Book." I said, "All you free speechers uphere who lost Mario Savio must read the Red Book and do it like the Red Guards did it." Brother BobbyHutton could hardly get the title correct. He kept coming over and asking Huey or myself how topronounce it. Huey would tell him, but he couldn't get it. He said, "If we can buy guns with money coming inthis fast I don't have to be able to say it." So he just hollered, "Red Book, Red Book," and they really sold.