Founder of Seattle Black Panthers praises Fidel Castro’s Cuban Revolution in speech at public college
Former Black Panther leader Aaron Dixon delivered a speech at Portland Community College (PCC) late last month in which he recounted his history as a violent radical and praised the Cuban Revolution of 1959 for freeing Cuba from “oppression” of American businesses.
The Cuban Revolution “freed it from its oppression, freed it from the American businessmen who used Cuba as its personal playground,” said Dixon, in his speech.
Dixon, in part was invited to speak at PCC, for his role in founding the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1969.
According to a The Seattle Weekly profile, Dixon’s activities while a Black Panther included firebombing local businesses and physically threatening a school principal with firearms.
In the same article, he was quoted as saying the bayonet is “a beautiful weapon.”
In another article, published by The Seattle Times, Dixon told a reporter that he used to shoot at firemen who were called to put out the fires that his group set.
“I wanted to scare the firemen, to keep them inside so they couldn't fight the fires we were setting around the city," Dixon stated.
He also called Huey P. Newton, who co-founded the Black Panthers and was convicted of manslaughter in 1968, a “magnificent human being.”
The speech was hosted by the Black Student Union of PCC along with various other Socialist groups. Over 50 people attended, according to a video description of the event.
Dixon recently ran unsuccessfully for a Senate seat in Washington in 2006 as a Green Party candidate.
A spokesperson for Portland Community College was not made available to Campus Reform by the time of publication.
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