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September 13, 2013

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

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

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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