The National Park Service, under the direction of Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, pulled funding for a controversial National Parks grant, given to honor the legacy of the Black Panther Party – a domestic terrorist organization (much like Black Lives Matter), which advocated for the violent overthrow of the federal government.
Last month, Obama’s agents in the bureaucratic structure of the National Park Service (NPS) were able to push through a $100,000 to the University of California at Berkeley, to publish a government-backed, rose-tinted history of the Marxist black separatist movement, Black Panther Party.
The FBI labels the Black Panther Party a terrorist organization because of its, “use of violence and guerilla tactics to overthrow the U.S. government.”
The grant charged the radical leftists at UC Berkeley to, “truthfully honor the legacy of [Black Panther Party] BPP activists and the San Francisco Bay Area communities they served, the project seeks to document the lives of activists and elders and the landscapes that shaped the movement,” the National Park Service said in the grant awarded for the project.
However, this is an awkward grant for the NPS – of all organizations – to award. In the 1970s, the head of the Black Panther Party murdered NPS Ranger, Kenneth Patrick while he was on patrol near the San Francisco in 1973. Patrick was shot three times by Veronza Leon Curtis Bowers Jr., who is currently serving a life time sentence for first-degree murder.
The Fraternal Order of Police, which is the largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers with some 330,000 members, sent a letter to President Trump, expressing “outrage and shock” that the National Park Service would be funding a project which honors the legacy of a terrorist organization, the Black Panther Party.
“Mr. President, as far as we are concerned the only meaning they brought to any lives was grief to the families of their victims,” Chuck Canterbury, the national president of the Fraternal Order of Police wrote in his letter, “According to our research, members of this militant anti-American group murdered 16 law enforcement officers over the course of their history. Among their victims was U.S. Park Ranger Kenneth C. Patrick. He was murdered in cold blood by three members of the Black Panther Party on 5 August 1973. His killer, who remains behind bars, still considers himself a Black Panther and a ‘political prisoner.'”
The letter continued, “It is appalling that the National Park Service, Ranger Patrick’s own agency, now proposes to partner with [Berkeley] and two active members of this violent and repugnant organization.”
“At a time when many in our nation feel strongly that memorials to aspects of the darker times in our history be removed from public lands, why would the NPS seek to commemorate the activities of an extremist separatist group that advocated the use of violence against our country—a country they perceived as their enemy?” Canterbury asked in his letter saying, “This is a despicable irony and we hope you can bring it to an end by halting [the grant] immediately.”
Jeremy Barnum, a spokesman for the National Park Service, confirmed to that the project would not be receiving funding from the agency.