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Hashim Nzinga, New Black Panther Party Chief of Staff, Arrested on Weapons Charge

 

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.