Three days before Wednesday’s New Black Panther protest in Baton Rouge, civil rights leader and Black Panther supporter Ron Ceasar posted on his Facebook page,
“SHOWDOWN IN BATON ROUGE, LA – THE NEW BLACK PANTHERS FACE-OFF WITH BATON ROUGE POLICE, HIGH NOON, JULY 5, (WEDNESDAY) AT THE POLICE STATION AT 9000 AIRLINE HWY OVER THE NON-INDICTMENT OF WHITE POLICE OFFICER SALMANELLI FOR EXECUTING BROTHER ALTON STERLING. WOW! THE PANTHERS BELIEVE IN STRAPPING UP WITH SHOTGUNS AND RIFLES STAYING PREPARED TO DO BATTLE!!!!WOW!, GONNA BE A SHOWDOWN IN LOUISIANA!!!”
Clearly, the 64-year old Ceasar was excited about the prospect of a violent encounter with police. There was violence but no guns were involved Wednesday. It’s no secret Black Panthers have been known to carry guns but Mr. Ceasar told me the family of Alton Sterling was aware of that and asked them to leave their guns in the trunk of their cars at the protest.
Ceasar told me more Black Panthers are heading to Baton Rouge as a military tactic where they send in a few members to test the waters, if police rough them up they bring in the big boys from all over the nation.
“We getting ready to have us a civil war.” Ceasar said.
Of the seven Black Panthers arrested Wednesday in front of Baton Rouge police headquarters, 5 were from out of town and arrest records don’t list the residences of the other two.
“These guys will die for the cause. Something is going to happen and it’s not going to be peaceful. The Panthers are not going to sit out and just go home and they are going to make a move and it will be unannounced.”
I asked Ceasar if the unannounced Black Panther event would be violent.
“Of course it’s going to be violent. Because the police have shown that violence begets violence. We can’t go over there and demonstrate peacefully, look what we got. You shot our women.” Ceasar said.
I asked Mr. Ceasar if he’s had discussions with the leaders in the Black Panther movement and whether they’ve indicated to him if there would be violence. He responded, “That’s top secret.”
Ceasar said police brought this on themselves by the way he and his fellow protestors were treated Wednesday.
“There were snipers in the trees, there were guys riding around in tinted vehicles, there was the FBI, they were all there. I’ve worked civil rights for over 30 some years. I know how they operate. They were prepared to kill us all. But all of us there, we would have died for the cause. ” Ceasar said.
Ceasar described Wednesday’s protest this way to the Daily Mail, “What we saw today was the white man once again treating the black man as his slave.”
Police stop out of town Black Panthers with a history of violence from storming their headquarters and Ceasar describes it as the white man once again treating the black man as his slave. What do you even say to something like that?
Dan Fagan is a former television news reporter, journalism professor, newspaper columnist, and radio talk show host. He grew up in New Orleans and currently lives there. He is a regular contributor for The Hayride. If you have a news tip for Mr. Fagan you can reach him at [email protected] or 504-458-2542.