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September 13, 2013 2

New Black Panther Party Rally Features Elected Officials, Anti-Semitism

The 15th Anniver­sary of the New Black Pan­ther Party’s (NBPP) Mil­lion Youth March rally in Harlem on Sep­tem­ber 7 fea­tured pub­lic fig­ures as well of its usual brand of racism and anti-Semitism.malik-zulu-shabazz-john-liu-million-youth-march

In pub­licly avail­able videos of the weekend’s events, NBPP National Chair­man Malik Zulu Shabazz used at least one anti-Semitic slur and sin­gled out sup­pos­edly Jewish-owned stores for a boy­cott. In typ­i­cal Shabazz fash­ion, he stated, “If I had it my way, we would black­out and boy­cott every blood­sucker on 125th Street and start with these so-called Jew­ish owned dia­mond stores.” He then went into a call-and-response with the audi­ence where he called out repeat­edly, “Shut ‘em down!”

Shabazz also spoke out against inte­gra­tion (say­ing he doesn’t want to see Black and white youth hold­ing hands), stop-and-frisk, gen­tri­fi­ca­tion in Harlem, sex­ual abuse within the Black com­mu­nity, and the George Zim­mer­man ver­dict, engag­ing in another call-and-response with the audi­ence, in which he asked what Zimmerman’s sen­tence should have been, and the audi­ence responded over and over: “Death!”

In an unan­nounced appear­ance, NYC Comp­trol­ler and then may­oral can­di­date John Liu was wel­comed to the NBPP’s stage where he did not object to being intro­duced as a “sup­porter of the Mil­lion Youth March.” Liu told the audi­ence that it was “great” to see so many in atten­dance and that it “means a lot.”

While it is not clear if Liu was aware of the NBPP’s his­tory of egre­giously anti-Jewish rhetoric and calls for vio­lence against white peo­ple, the LGBT com­mu­nity, law enforce­ment, and other groups, Liu con­cluded his stump speech with more praise for the move­ment. He said, “This Mil­lion Youth March is not just for today. It’s for every­day because every day we got to think about the changes that we need, and what each and every one of us indi­vid­u­ally can add to the move­ment that will one day, hope­fully soon, bring about the change we need.”

Dur­ing Liu’s remarks, he also men­tioned that he was the only may­oral can­di­date to attend the NBPP’s August 26th “NY May­oral Can­di­dates Forum,” and that he was embar­rassed, not for him­self, but for the other can­di­dates who did not show. In pro­mo­tional mate­ri­als, the NBPP claimed Liu, Anthony Weiner, Bill Thomp­son, and Bill De Bla­sio were all con­firmed to attend, but appar­ently it was only Liu who attended.

NYC Coun­cil­man Charles Bar­ron, who openly main­tains close ties to the NBPP and other hate groups, also made an appear­ance at the Mil­lion Youth March. While he focused his remarks on U.S. inter­ven­tion in Syria, he also employed harsh anti-Israel rhetoric, alleg­ing, “Israel uses gas and chem­i­cal weapons on the Pales­tini­ans. You want to bomb some­body, bomb Israel.”

The Mil­lion Youth March had endorse­ments from other pub­lic fig­ures. These included such nota­bles as Mayor Chokwe Lumumba of Jack­son, Mis­sis­sippi, enter­tainer Nick Can­non, and St. Louis real estate and media mogul Michael V. Roberts, but it does not appear that any of them attended.

The Mil­lion Youth March, adver­tised simul­ta­ne­ously as the “National Black Fam­ily Con­ven­tion,” a rally for Trayvon Mar­tin (“Mil­lions for Trayvon”), and a protest against U.S. inter­ven­tion in Syria, appears to have been largely a bust. Pro­moted for months as a “mas­sive rally” which the party claimed would include “at least 50,000” sup­port­ers march­ing through the streets of Harlem, the rally received almost no media atten­tion and appears to have attracted only a few hun­dred sup­port­ers and onlookers.

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July 1, 2013 0

New Black Panthers Respond To King Samir Shabazz’s Arrest

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Photo from Shabazz’s Face­book profile

Fol­low­ing the arrest of New Black Pan­ther Party (NBPP) National Field Mar­shal King Samir Shabazz for allegedly car­ry­ing a loaded, unli­censed firearm and ille­gally wear­ing body armor, the NBPP is claim­ing that Shabazz’s arrest is part of an “onslaught of attacks against the New Black Pan­ther Party…to derail the upcom­ing Mil­lion Youth March 15 year Anniversary.”

The “mas­sive rally,” planned for Sep­tem­ber 7 in Harlem, is part of a larger event (Sep­tem­ber 5–8), which the NBPP is call­ing the “National Black Fam­ily Convention.”

On July 1, the group plans to hold the “Stop the Attack on the Mil­lion Youth March: Free King Samir Shabazz Sup­port Rally” at Sylvia’s restau­rant in Harlem. Accord­ing to the NBPP web­site, the event will fea­ture New York City Coun­cil­man Charles Bar­ron and Pro­fes­sor Leonard Jef­fries of the City Col­lege of New York as keynote speakers.

In a recent online radio broad­cast, National Chair­man Malik Zulu Shabazz told Jerry Jack­son, Chief of Staff of the NBPP’s Philadel­phia chap­ter, to refrain from rhetoric call­ing for vio­lence after Jack­son, in a dis­cus­sion about King Samir’s arrest, stated, “it’s a good day to slap a cracker. It’s a good day to put a cracker in your trunk!”

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Photo from Shabazz’s Face­book profile

Despite Malik Zulu’s Shabazz’s attempt to have NBPP lead­ers “say less than what you think,” he has not made any effort to curb their egre­giously racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric. In the very next NBPP online broad­cast, National Chief of Staff Hashim Nzinga claimed that Jews con­spire to pro­mote a neg­a­tive image of Black youth through their sup­posed con­trol of the media.

Nzinga stated, “We don’t own the Jews’ news, and the Jews are not the friends of the African in Amer­ica.” He con­tin­ued, “the Jews’ news…shows us before the world look­ing like damn fools.” Nzinga explained that this will be a theme for the rally in Sep­tem­ber, dur­ing which the NBPP will call on its sup­port­ers to boy­cott the com­pa­nies that “con­tinue to help the Jews’ news make our youth look like buf­foons before the world.”

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June 25, 2013 2

King Samir Shabazz, NBPP National Field Marshal, Arrested On Weapons Charge

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King Samir Shabazz

Update: New Black Pan­thers Respond To King Samir Shabazz’s Arrest

New Black Pan­ther Party (NBPP) National Field Mar­shal King Samir Shabazz was arrested on June 20 in New York City for car­ry­ing a loaded, unli­censed firearm and the ille­gal wear­ing of body armor.

Shabazz, who has a tat­too on his face that reads “Kill Whitey,” is cur­rently being held on $75,000 bail and will appear in Man­hat­tan Crim­i­nal Court on June 26. The NYPD stopped Shabazz on his way out of a NBPP meet­ing about the group’s planned “Mil­lion Youth March” 15th anniver­sary rally, which is sched­uled take place in Harlem on Sep­tem­ber 7.

Two days after Shabazz was arrested, the NBPP held a “Stop the Attack on the Mil­lion Youth March: Free King Samir Shabazz Sup­port Rally” at Sylvia’s Restau­rant. Accord­ing to the NBPP web­site, the rally included New York City Coun­cil­man Charles Bar­ron and Pro­fes­sor Leonard Jef­fries of the City Col­lege of New York as keynote speakers.

Known for his rants that call for vio­lence, Shabazz has pub­licly stated that NBPP mem­bers should press their uni­forms so the crease could “cut that cracker’s throat in half and watch his head roll down the street.” In an August 2012 NBPP online radio broad­cast, he went on a vicious tirade describ­ing white nurs­eries and churches as legit­i­mate tar­gets for bombing.

The NBPP describes Shabazz’s arrest as an “attempt to stop the major orga­niz­ing efforts of the Mil­lion Youth March 15 year anniver­sary and slow down the progress of the pro­duc­tion of Black nation­al­ism.” They call on all “oppressed dark peo­ple of the planet” to “fight the efforts of the white dev­ils and Black Sam­bos by any means.”

Shabazz, whose real name is Maruse Heath, was pre­vi­ously arrested and released in 2008 for dis­or­derly con­duct after he and oth­ers inter­rupted a rally in Atlantic City. In 2009, Shabazz was impli­cated in a U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice suit after a voter intim­i­da­tion inci­dent  while he was head of the NBPP’s Philadel­phia chapter.

Shabazz is not the first NBPP leader to be arrested for weapons charges in recent years. In March 2012, Hashim Nzinga, NBPP Chief of Staff, was arrested and charged with pos­ses­sion of a firearm by a con­victed felon after try­ing to pawn a semi-automatic handgun.

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