It’s No Ordinary Love
Chapter Four I’ll Be There for You: Elaine Brown’s Bittersweet Taste of Power
During black human events, such as a black revolution, revolutionaries are essential. When a black revolutionary is a black woman, the tide will change, if you get my drift. Enter a female phenom named Elaine Brown. Elaine Brown brought the scent of a woman to an otherwise sweat, blood, and testicular stench of black men who were leading a revolution based on wretched guesses that were dipped in the idea of revolutionary suicide, risking death in exchange for improving existential freedoms. This chapter examines Elaine Brown’s experiences as presented in her book A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story and will not be a singularly focused treatise about her sexual choices except where contextually relevant. This chapter will not serve as an indictment about female leadership over a male-dominated culture; however, the nuances of femininity interacting with combustible masculinity will be addressed. It is important to begin with the agenda of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense so that there is a better understanding of the phase Elaine Brown assumed leadership. It is also important to acknowledge the military wing of the Black Power movement in a ←59 | 60→ manner that provides a basic orientation concerning the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.
The primary modus operandi was to weaponize the movement to generate mutual fear and increase the perception of reactionary violence. In so doing, the Panthers moved to seize upon a righteous, dignified living by directly confronting agents and institutions that acted in ways to prohibit...
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