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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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August 16, 2013 0

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba Lends Support To New Black Panther Party

Jack­son, Mis­sis­sippi, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba is the lat­est pub­lic fig­ure to lend sup­port to the New Black Pan­ther Party’s (NBPP) upcom­ing Mil­lion Youth March in Harlem.

On the New Black Pan­ther Party’s (NBPP) online radio pro­gram on July 31 pro­mot­ing the march, Lumumba men­tioned that he learned from Dr. Khalid in the past, pre­sum­ably refer­ring to Khalid Abdul Muham­mad, the vehe­mently racist and anti-Semitic for­mer leader of the NBPP.

An image of Lumumba claim­ing he “proudly sup­ports the Mil­lion Youth March” is being pro­moted by the NBPP on their web­site and social media as well.chokwe-lumumba-new-black-panther-party-mayor-jackson

Lumumba has been involved in NBPP events over the years, includ­ing as a speaker at NBPP con­fer­ences in Atlanta in 2009 and 2010, as a speaker at an event titled “A Call for Rev­o­lu­tion” in New Orleans in March 2006, and as co-convener of the NBPP’s Mil­lion Youth March in New York in 2003.

The NBPP, the largest orga­nized anti-Semitic and racist black mil­i­tant group in Amer­ica, is also pro­mot­ing sup­posed endorse­ments from other pub­lic fig­ures, celebri­ties such as Nick Can­non and Erykah Badu, as well as some busi­ness leaders.

By tak­ing on racially-charged issues under the guise of cham­pi­oning civil rights, the NBPP has, at times in the past, received national atten­tion for its efforts, gar­nered some sup­port from promi­nent mem­bers of the African-American com­mu­nity and attracted fol­low­ers. 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.

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