Two and a Half Political Men

This was posted Feb. 2012 when we have a black President. This fact made me look at Oakland history in a new and different light. I was not alone. We now know racists were lurking in the dark for – their man!

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Black Panther Leader, Huey Newton, and actor-politician, Clint Eastwood, attended Oakland Technical High School in California. Clint went to Glenview Elementary, as did the artist Christine Rosamond Benton, and her three siblings. Mayor Eastwood was there when my late sister presented her portrait of Jimmy Stewart to this famous actor. Christine lived in Pebble Beach with her husband, the muralist, Garth Benton, cousin of the artist, Thomas Hart Benton, who was the grandson of Senator Thomas Hart Benton, the father of Jessie Benton, who married, the ‘Pathfinder’ John Fremont, who was the first Republican candidate for President. The Bentons were America’s foremost political family. Thomas and his brother, Jesse, got into a dual and gunfight with Andrew Jacklson and his cronies.

My daughter’s mother lived with a member of the Black Panther Party, and born him a son, who named his son after Malcom X. I knew the White Panthers…

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About Royal Rosamond Press

I am an artist, a writer, and a theologian.
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