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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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August 16, 2013

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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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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