Most media coverage of the Black Panthers focused on their violent rhetoric and the fact that they carried arms. Their language was threatening as was their public stance. Many forget the Panthers were also involved in many nonviolent community-organizing activities. They preached political empowerment, crusaded against police brutality, initiated community social programs, such as free breakfasts for children, issued a newspaper, and trained recruits with guns, lawbooks, and texts advocating world revolution.
Like many far-winged groups the Black Panthers did some good as well as some bad. The images of the Panthers were either exhilarating, terrifying or world-changing, depending on who was looking.