Here we can see the cover art for Bad Brains album. In the cover art alone one can see how they distinguished themselves from the federal power dynamic of D.C.
"We didn't call ourselves Bad Brains at first. We called ourselves Mind Power for many reasons. We were hoping to be able to have a name that would represent what we thought the youth needed"
H.R., Bad Brains
Attached is a video of Attitude: Bad Brains advocated P.M.A. or Positive Mental Attitude. Punk in D.C. was not about nihilism instead it was a culture of empowerment.