At a rally outside the U.S. Courthouse October 29, 1969, Dr. Benjamin Spock, background, listens to Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois Black Panther party speak at a protest against the trial of eight persons accused of conspiracy to cause a riot during the Democratic National Convention in 1968. (AP/stf)

The Breaking of the Rainbow Coalition and the Rise of the “Negro Imperialist”

Black Panther Fred Hampton’s state-sponsored assassination on December 4, 1969, marked the beginning of a reactionary counter-revolution that has seen not just the rise of corporatism and militarism and right-wing ideology, but the cultivation of a sell-out black leadership.