PBS aired its Stanley Nelson-directed documentary Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Tuesday evening, and the film became the fuel that launched #BlackPanthersPBS as a top trending topic on Instagram and Twitter.
Media and black journalists hailed the documentary as “phenomenal.”
— HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) February 17, 2016
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) February 17, 2016
— jamilah lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) February 17, 2016
Black Lives Matter leader and Baltimore mayoral candidate DeRay McKesson showed his support and simply tweeted: #BlackPanthersPBS
— deray mckesson (@deray) February 17, 2016
Other Twitter users used the documentary to attack recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, President Ronald Reagan, and the National Rifle Association.
— aafsec (@aafsec) February 17, 2016
So has the NRA ever come out and said most of their ideas were stolen from the Black Panthers? That would be nice. #BlackPanthersPBS
— Rugged Amethyst (@GrooveSDC) February 17, 2016
Still, other Twitter users watched the PBS film and linked the Black Panther Party’s radical agenda to that of present-day radical black nationalist group Black Lives Matter.
The parallels of the Black Panthers and BLM is frightening. The footage from then and today is basically the same #BlackPantherPBS
— Skiperella. (@Skiperella) February 17, 2016
The people who hated the Black Panther Party got older and had children who now hate the Black Lives Matter movement.
— Beautiful (@FeministaJones) February 17, 2016
Black lives matter is our present day BPP. I love it.
— ⚡️Sammie J. (@skinnyreese__) February 17, 2016