The FBI Ran The Black Panther Party?
First of all, I am not talking about Marvel movies. I am talking about the revolutionary group founded in 1966. It was also known as the "Black Panther Party for Self-Defense." It started in Oakland, California and later spread to many other states and prisons worldwide. In 1969, the FBI described it as "the greatest threat to the country's internal security" (while secretly leading it with undercover agents the whole time!)
Tupac's mom, Afeni Shakur, ran away from home at 15 because of her abusive father. She went to New York and studied at the school of performing arts. One day, she listened to a speech by the Black Panthers.
"For the first time, there was now something I could do with all this aggression and fear inside me. It educated my mind and gave me direction. And with that direction came hope."
Black people in NYC were in a situation where landlords wouldn't fix rotting apartments because they had black residents, and children died from mould poisoning. Many were poor because they weren't allowed to work due to their skin colour.
The Black Panthers believed the only way for black people to get power back in America was for them to gain power by owning things in business (which is what Jay-Z is doing through owning as much of the music industry as he can).
The purpose of The Black Panthers was to teach black people to defend themselves against oppression; they would need to use self-defence. Their current methods of being docile don't work because the police were getting away with literal murder and weren't afraid of retaliation. Black people didn't like leaving their houses since it meant entering a dangerous situation. The purpose of this group was not to incite violence; it was to practice self-defence. Self-defence is a basic human instinct! The very fact a group had to be formed for black people to remind them they were allowed to use a basic human instinct should tell you how oppressed they were.
At one point, the group got influenced by the undercover agents to plant bombs in banks. But Afeni Shakur didn't want to go through with it, and she also thought it was just a fake plot to get them all arrested as someone was undercover.
She was right, and they all got arrested before the plan came close to being executed.
The undercover members were the most active members of the group too. In court, Afeni got them to admit that the undercover agents were mainly in charge and the ones who purchased the dynamite. In doing so, she proved that the USA was behind the violence since they employed undercover police agents.
Not only this, but the undercover agents ended up defending the Black Panthers and saying the USA was at fault. They said what they witnessed in the group was beautiful, and the oppression they face is horrible. All defendants were released because of this.
You can watch a great video explaining this here.