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January 24, 2012 1

Amid New Black Panther Controversy, Dallas County Halts Appointment of Aaron McCarthy

Just hours after con­tro­versy arose sur­round­ing the re-appointment of Aaron McCarthy to the Dal­las County Commission’s Home­land Secu­rity Advi­sory Coun­cil due to his role as founder of the racist and anti-Semitic New Black Pan­ther Party for Self Defense (NBPP), the Com­mis­sion post­poned its vote. Offi­cials cited doubts about the over­all value of the advi­sory com­mit­tee, not McCarthy’s for­mer affil­i­a­tion with a hate group, as the rea­son for the decision.
Con­cerns about McCarthy’s involve­ment in the Home­land Secu­rity Advi­sory Coun­cil are not unwar­ranted. Despite the fact that that McCarthy, also known as Aaron Michaels, has not held a sig­nif­i­cant lead­er­ship role with the NBPP in recent years, his mil­i­tant lead­er­ship of the group through­out much of the 1990s is well doc­u­mented. Dur­ing his tenure, the NBPP invited a white suprema­cist leader to speak at a rally pro­mot­ing racial sep­a­ratism and engaged in racially-charged, armed confrontations.

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