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June 30, 2015

Farrakhan Receives Support From Rappers On Social Media

Update — 7/8/15: Read ADL’s new report What is the Nation of Islam?, which provides further information on the NOI’s long record of anti-Semitism.

In the lead-up to the Nation of Islam’s (NOI) 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March scheduled for October 10 in Washington, D.C., anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan has received support from well-known rappers and others, who are helping bring Farrakhan’s message to a broader audience.

Photo with rap artist Rick Ross posted to Farrakhan's Instagram account

Photo with rapper Rick Ross posted to Farrakhan’s Instagram account

According to a June 23 Final Call article Farrakhan “is placing a priority on identifying and energizing youth leadership with support from members of the Hip-Hop community because today’s rappers have more followers on social media—and in real life—than many preachers in America.”

In recent weeks, Farrakhan, the leading anti-Semite in America, has spoken in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Houston, and Chicago to promote the October event, meeting with various rappers along the way.

Photo with rap artist The Game posted to Farrakhan's Instagram account

Photo with rapper The Game posted to Farrakhan’s Instagram account

Instagram and Twitter posts from rappers posing with Farrakhan or promoting his recent visits have reached a combined 10.9 million followers so far, and many more people through reposts and retweets. Even with some overlap, this represents a significantly larger reach than a post from Farrakhan’s Facebook account (173,000 followers) or his Twitter account (381,000 followers).

Some rappers who have posted messages promoting Farrakhan or the Million Man March anniversary include Rick Ross (3.2 million Instagram followers), The Game (3.1 Million Instagram followers), Birdman (1.6 million Instagram followers), 2 Chainz (1.5 million followers), Young Thug (1.3 million Instagram followers), and Scarface (227,000 Twitter followers).

Photo with musician Ceelo Green posted to Farrakhan's Instagram account

Photo with musician Ceelo Green posted to Farrakhan’s Instagram account

Additionally CeeLo Green met with Farrakhan in Atlanta, and the NOI posted on Facebook a video of Green praising Farrakhan as “legendary.” The NOI also posted photos of Ice Cube meeting Farrakhan in Atlanta, Bun B attending Farrakhan’s June 15 event in Houston, and Kanye West attending Farrakhan’s Los Angeles event on June 17. Kanye West is also working on a documentary on Farrakhan according to Rolling Stone.

Farrakhan has also received support from elected officials in at least three states, including Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and New York State representatives and City Council members who attended Farrakhan’s June 5 event in Harlem.

Farrakhan continues to espouse anti-Jewish hatred at high-profile NOI events, such as in March during his Saviours’ Day address, where he alleged that Jews com­mit­ted the 9/11 attacks and con­trol the U.S. government.

Previous Million Man March anniversaries have featured anti-Semitism including Farrakhan’s two-part 2012 sermon in Chicago and Char­lotte, when Farrakhan spread hateful anti-Semitic myths about Jewish control in the U.S. and a litany of other conspiracy theories.

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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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