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March 27, 2014 3

New Black Panther Summit Attracts Support from Diplomats, Academics

2014 NBPP SummitDespite the New Black Pan­ther Party’s (NBPP) overt plat­form of anti-Semitism and racism, the group’s upcom­ing “Dig­nity Sum­mit” has attracted sup­port from diplo­mats, aca­d­e­mics and busi­ness lead­ers, who report­edly will be speak­ing at the events.

The NBPP claims that among the for­eign rep­re­sen­ta­tives speak­ing at the March 28–30, 2014 Sum­mit in Atlanta are Gandy Thomas, the Con­sul Gen­eral of Haiti in Atlanta, Randy E. Rolle, the Con­sul Gen­eral of the Bahamas in Atlanta, and Daniel Agyekum, the for­mer Ambas­sador of the Repub­lic of Ghana (though the NBPP’s pro­mo­tional mate­ri­als do not indi­cate he is no longer Ambassador).

Accord­ing to the pro­gram of events, there will also be pre­sen­ta­tions by Pro­fes­sor Leonard Jef­fries of the City Col­lege of New York, Pro­fes­sor Akinyele Umoja of Geor­gia State Uni­ver­sity, Pro­fes­sor Jacob Sav­age of Alabama A&M Uni­ver­sity, real estate and media mogul Michael V. Roberts, and editor-in-chief of Hip Hop Enquirer Mag­a­zine Den­nis Byron.

By tak­ing on racially-charged issues under the guise of cham­pi­oning civil rights, the NBPP, which is led by Hashim Nzinga, has received national atten­tion for its efforts, gar­nered some sup­port from promi­nent mem­bers of the African-American com­mu­nity, and attracted fol­low­ers. The group’s events often fea­ture inflam­ma­tory big­otry cou­pled with calls for vio­lence, tar­nish­ing its efforts to pro­mote black pride and consciousness.

In recent install­ments of the NBPP’s online radio broad­cast pro­mot­ing the Sum­mit, NBPP National Chief of Staff Chawn Kweli referred to Jews as the “Syn­a­gogue of Satan,” employ­ing a phrase com­monly used by the Nation of Islam (NOI) and the title of a viciously anti-Semitic book pub­lished by the NOI. Kweli praised NOI leader Louis Far­rakhan for his “war on the Syn­a­gogue of Satan” and encour­aged “any­body right­eous” to engage in this war.

In last week’s radio broad­cast, Kweli also alluded to the NOI’s Secret Rela­tion­ship Between Blacks and Jews, stat­ing “the so-called Jews…don’t want their hands to be exposed in terms of their role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade,” and con­tin­ued, “They don’t want you to talk about your enslavement…and how the blood-sucking cap­i­tal­ist jew­el­ers and oth­ers have ben­e­fited from our mishaps.”

Kweli then inter­viewed Asha­hed Muham­mad, Assis­tant Edi­tor of the NOI’s Final Call news­pa­per and author of The Syn­a­gogue of Satan, which claims that the world is being manip­u­lated and cor­rupted by Satanic pow­ers led by Jew­ish elites. The book, which has been heav­ily pro­moted by the NOI since 2005, fea­tures a fore­word by Malik Zulu Shabazz, then National Chair­man of the NBPP.

After pro­fusely prais­ing Muham­mad and his book, Kweli asked Muham­mad what moti­vated him to write the book to which Muham­mad responded with the fol­low­ing rea­sons: “the bat­tle with the so-called Jews on cam­pus,” Jew­ish orga­ni­za­tions’ “awe­some con­trol of pub­lic knowl­edge,” and the “con­trolled media” that allegedly por­trays the African-American com­mu­nity in a neg­a­tive light.

Con­tin­u­ing to invoke anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries about sup­posed Jew­ish con­trol, Muham­mad described African Amer­i­cans as being “hood­winked and bam­boo­zled by the Zion­ists” who “have to be exposed and uncov­ered because as long as they are allowed to con­tinue to lie and influ­ence so many peo­ple with their lies, they stop us from unifying.”

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March 20, 2014 3

What Next for the Westboro Baptist Church?

fred phelpsThe vir­u­lently homo­pho­bic, anti-Semitic West­boro Bap­tist Church (WBC) is enter­ing a new stage now that founder and patri­arch Fred Phelps, Sr., has died. An estranged son, Nate Phelps, who first described his father’s impend­ing death on Face­book, also claimed that WBC mem­bers excom­mu­ni­cated the senior Phelps in August 2013.

WBC would not con­firm whether Fred Phelps had been excom­mu­ni­cated, assert­ing that infor­ma­tion on WBC’s mem­ber­ship was pri­vate. A March 16 press release on the group’s web­site stated that the group has no sin­gu­lar leader but is headed by an eight-member board of elders.

Accord­ing to Nate Phelps, WBC has under­gone a num­ber of changes over the last year. He claimed that ten­sions rose within WBC when the all-male board of elders mar­gin­al­ized WBC spokesper­son Shirley Phelps-Roper.  In response to the power strug­gle between Shirley and the board, Fred Phelps allegedly called for kinder treat­ment between WBC mem­bers. The board then sup­pos­edly excom­mu­ni­cated Fred.

The ongo­ing inter-family strife within the orga­ni­za­tion, if true, sig­nals a new chap­ter for WBC.  Shirley Phelps-Roper, Fred’s daugh­ter, has been the most pub­lic face of WBC and acts as a lawyer for the group, as well. Nate Phelps claimed that Shirley could never be the leader of WBC because of pas­sages in the Bible that cite women’s sub­servience to men. Another issue that could affect Shirley’s sta­tus within the church is her two daugh­ters’ very pub­lic defec­tion from the church about a year ago.

A new leader of WBC may emerge in the com­ing months now that Fred Phelps has actu­ally passed. Nate Phelps spec­u­lated that pos­si­bil­i­ties include one of Fred’s sons, Tim Phelps, or Steve Drain, a mem­ber of the church who is not part of the extended Phelps fam­ily.  In the last few months, Drain appears to have super­seded Shirley Phelps-Roper as spokesper­son for the church.

Fred Phelps’ death and Shirley Phelps Roper’s alleged mar­gin­al­iza­tion may change the pub­lic face of WBC but pre­sum­ably not its mes­sage. The church will likely con­tinue its many protests at the funer­als of sol­diers and other indi­vid­u­als and pro­mote hate towards any­one who dis­agrees with its viewpoint.

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February 4, 2014 0

FBI Hosts ADL Extremism Training for North Texas/Oklahoma Regional Office

ADL’s North Texas/Oklahoma Regional Office pro­vided a day-long train­ing on domes­tic extrem­ism to 161 local, state and fed­eral law enforce­ment offi­cers rep­re­sent­ing 40 agen­cies on Jan­u­ary 29. The train­ing was co-sponsored and hosted by the FBI, Dal­las Divi­sion.dallas-fbi-adl-extremism-training

ADL’s Dr. Mark Pit­cav­age and Oren Segal, two of the Direc­tors of ADL’s Cen­ter on Extrem­ism, pre­sented train­ing on the activ­ity, tac­tics and ide­ol­ogy of var­i­ous domes­tic extrem­ists move­ments and groups. Dr. Pit­cav­age focused on anti-government move­ments, includ­ing sov­er­eign cit­i­zens, as well as white suprema­cists. Mr. Segal focused on the rad­i­cal­iza­tion process and crim­i­nal activ­ity asso­ci­ated with home­grown extrem­ists moti­vated by rad­i­cal inter­pre­ta­tions of Islam, as well as the role of the Inter­net in the rad­i­cal­iza­tion process.

The FBI Dal­las Divi­sion is proud to part­ner with ADL on a num­ber of ini­tia­tives, includ­ing law enforce­ment train­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties,” said Assis­tant Spe­cial Agent in Charge Don­ald Freese. “These con­fer­ences strengthen national secu­rity by train­ing law enforce­ment to iden­tify and pre­vent hate crimes and extrem­ism in our community.”

ADL is grate­ful to the FBI for being strong com­mu­nity part­ners, help­ing to pro­vide such impor­tant train­ings for law enforce­ment through­out our Region,” said ADL North Texas/Oklahoma Com­mu­nity Direc­tor Roberta S. Clark. “In addi­tion to pro­vid­ing crit­i­cally impor­tant train­ing, these oppor­tu­ni­ties allow us to inform law enforce­ment pro­fes­sion­als about the many ways ADL can be of assis­tance to them in areas of hate crimes, hate groups, extrem­ists and terrorists.”

The FBI Cit­i­zens Acad­emy Alumni Asso­ci­a­tion gen­er­ously hosted a Con­ti­nen­tal break­fast for the par­tic­i­pants. The train­ing eval­u­a­tions were over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive and expressed great appre­ci­a­tion to ADL for pro­vid­ing such an impor­tant opportunity.

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