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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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March 27, 2012 0

Hashim Nzinga, New Black Panther Party Chief of Staff, Arrested on Weapons Charge

 

Update— August 30, 2013: The gun charges against Hashim Nzinga have been dropped.

Hashim Nzinga, long­time mem­ber of the New Black Pan­ther Party (NBPP) who has a his­tory of advo­cat­ing mil­i­tant action, has been arrested and charged with pos­ses­sion of a firearm by a con­victed felon, accord­ing to the DeKalb County, Geor­gia, Sheriff’s Office.

Accord­ing to the arrest war­rant, Nzinga was detained after try­ing to pawn a semi-automatic hand­gun at pawn shop. He had been con­victed last month for felony deposit account fraud.

On March 25, Nzinga announced on CNN that his group was offer­ing a $10,000 reward for the “cap­ture” of George Zim­mer­man, the man who report­edly shot and killed Trayvon Mar­tin, an African-American teenager in Florida, last month.

Nzinga reg­u­larly encour­ages mil­i­tant action as a legit­i­mate response to the ills plagu­ing the African-American com­mu­nity. Dur­ing a Jan­u­ary 2009 radio inter­view, he asserted that African-Americans must defend them­selves against per­ceived exploita­tion and oppres­sion, even if it entails resort­ing to vio­lence. “I got the right to defend my house I got the right bear arms and I got the right to pro­tect myself,” he said.

Nzinga has accused Jews of hav­ing dis­pro­por­tion­ate power over the media and enter­tain­ment indus­tries, which he asserted was achieved by exploit­ing alliances with Blacks dur­ing the Civil Rights era.

Nzinga’s con­spir­a­to­r­ial view of the world is appar­ent in other the­o­ries he has advanced in speeches and inter­views.  For exam­ple, he has asserted that Jews had fore­knowl­edge of Sep­tem­ber 11 attacks dur­ing a Sep­tem­ber 2005 appear­ance on Han­nity & Colmes. He has also accused “white-run” U.S. gov­ern­ment agen­cies of infil­trat­ing and plot­ting to “destroy” the NBPP.

Nzinga’s tenure with the NBPP can be traced back to 1994, when he met Khalid Muham­mad. At that time he became Muhammad’s per­sonal assis­tant, and was later appointed Chief of Staff.

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