Extremists: The Panthers' Bite

"If Huey goes, the sky's the limit." For almost a year now, the black and white communities of Oakland, Calif., arrayed against each other in uneasy enmity, have heard the words with grim fascination. The threat was made by the friends of Huey P. Newton, the 26-year-old ex-convict who heads the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. And the Black Panthers have caught the public eye as the most extreme of the black extremists.

Newton was accused of killing a cop in a gunfight, for which he could have gone to the gas chamber....