Update— August 30, 2013: The gun charges against Hashim Nzinga have been dropped.
Hashim Nzinga, longtime member of the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) who has a history of advocating militant action, has been arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the DeKalb County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office.
According to the arrest warrant, Nzinga was detained after trying to pawn a semi-automatic handgun at pawn shop. He had been convicted last month for felony deposit account fraud.
On March 25, Nzinga announced on CNN that his group was offering a $10,000 reward for the “capture” of George Zimmerman, the man who reportedly shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenager in Florida, last month.
Nzinga regularly encourages militant action as a legitimate response to the ills plaguing the African-American community. During a January 2009 radio interview, he asserted that African-Americans must defend themselves against perceived exploitation and oppression, even if it entails resorting to violence. “I got the right to defend my house I got the right bear arms and I got the right to protect myself,” he said.
Nzinga has accused Jews of having disproportionate power over the media and entertainment industries, which he asserted was achieved by exploiting alliances with Blacks during the Civil Rights era.
Nzinga’s conspiratorial view of the world is apparent in other theories he has advanced in speeches and interviews. For example, he has asserted that Jews had foreknowledge of September 11 attacks during a September 2005 appearance on Hannity & Colmes. He has also accused “white-run” U.S. government agencies of infiltrating and plotting to “destroy” the NBPP.
Nzinga’s tenure with the NBPP can be traced back to 1994, when he met Khalid Muhammad. At that time he became Muhammad’s personal assistant, and was later appointed Chief of Staff.
|An example of a Stormfront|
In an article posted to the white supremacist Counsel of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) Web site, the author asserted, “Each time you see a ‘mainstream’ news outlet rant about the Zimmerman/Martin case…ask yourself why the media is called Zimmerman a white man instead of a Latino. Ask yourself if you think the story is really news or is it agitation/propaganda designed to advance a political agenda.”
Similarly, posters to the white supremacist Internet forum Stormfront, expressed both racist and anti-Semitic views. For example, “Thule Seeker” asserted, “[Zimmerman] can do us another favor by getting his jew-bean ass thrown in prison. Everyone always blames Whites for being racist but now the shoe is on the other foot. It will be nice for jews, beans and/or jewbeans to see one of their own go to prison for the very thing that us Whites are always accused of.”
Another Stormfront member, using the name “Richard Nixon,” wrote: “The anti-white Jew media will still try to spin this in an anti-white angle. And, of course, Blacks will find an excuse to riot, loot, a [sic] wreak overall havoc.”
On yet another white supremacist forum, Vanguard News Network, “Craig Cobb” wrote, “Ha ha the lying media calls a possible jew spic mix a ‘white’ just like the annual DOJ UNiform Crime Report files do! Probably in about 10 more years George Zimmerman will be as White in America as it gets–like our elite version of an Icelandic pale blue eyed platinum blonde.”
Some white supremacists, while describing Zimmerman in racist terms, lauded him for killing a black teen. On Stormfront, “Thin White Duke” argued, “Zimmerman should be praised as much as any mestizo in America should. Putting white nationalism aside for a moment, this man removed a violent person from a neighborhood voluntarily. If only we had more whites patrolling our neighborhoods and keeping the negroes in check like this mestizo did.”
Another Stormfront member, “Reference,” asserted, “Let’s don’t get bogged down in Zimmerman’s ethnicity. Zim put down negritude while his neighbor ran into the house, locked the doors and called 911 — a completely useless neighbor IMO.”