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August 15, 2014

New Black Panthers Inflame Michael Brown Incident In Missouri

The leaders of the New Black Panther Party (NBPP), the largest organized anti-Semitic and racist Black militant group in America, traveled to Ferguson, Missouri, inflaming the already tense situation following the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by police.black-panther-nzinga-shabazz-ferguson-missouri

The NBPP’s leadership, including Chairman Hashim Nzinga, Chief of Staff Chawn Kweli, and former Chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz arrived in Ferguson earlier this week and held press conferences, set up a “field legal office,” and interacted with the victim’s family, protesters and law enforcement.

Statements from NBPP leaders prior to and during their presence in Ferguson  have featured calls for violence against police. Shabazz wrote on Facebook yesterday that if the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown is not released, he will release the officer’s name and address to “give the demonstrators a clearer target.”

Kweli posted a statement on Facebook on August 10 that read: “IF NEED BE PUT AS MANY AGGRESSORS IN THE COFFINS THEY PICKED OUT FOR YOU IN SELF DEFENSE…IF YOU DIE, DIE LIKE A WARRIOR.”

Nzinga addressed the NBPP on the August 11 online broadcast of Black Power Radio titled “Murder In Missouri- Michael Brown And Blood Thirsty Pigs- The Battle Is On!” Nzinga claimed that white Americans are committing “genocide” against Black males: “The Black male is being exterminated…The ones who are not being exterminated, they’re pushing them to be gay and fags so they won’t be productive on reproducing babies. This is about genocide.”

Nzinga injected anti-Semitism into the discussion, blaming the recent incident on the supposedly Jewish-controlled media. “Jews’ media and the Jews’ TV, they have made it look like we’re the villains of America…” said Nzinga. He also blamed violence in Chicago on Mayor Rahm Emanuel who he described as “a Jew, and that Jew is a master at propaganda.”

Additionally, Nzinga described support the NBPP has received from St. Louis based media and real estate mogul Michael V. Roberts. “Our billionaire friend Mike Roberts, I’ve been on the phone with him all week. He will be bringing us in again,” said Nzinga.

Kweli, the host of the often racist and anti-Semitic Black Power Radio, expressed similar sentiments to Nzinga’son the August 11 broadcast, describing police actions in the aftermath of the shooting in Fergusonas “state-sponsored terrorism against our people” and as “a war.”

In the same broadcast, Shabazz suggested the next tactic for police in Ferguson is to set up concentration camps. “The SWAT team is out and all the plans and the plots of the concentration camps are out,” he said.

The NBPP commonly takes on racially-charged issues under the guise of championing civil rights as they also did in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin incident. The group’s demonstrations, conferences, and other events often blend inflammatory bigotry with calls for violence, tarnishing its efforts to promote Black pride and consciousness.