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June 25, 2015

Malik Zulu Shabazz Calls For Violence In Charleston, South Carolina

Malik Zulu Shabazz, the racist and anti-Semitic for­mer leader of the New Black Pan­ther Party (NBPP) and current head of Black Lawyers for Justice (BLJ), traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, where he called for violence in the aftermath of the shooting that killed nine people at the Emanuel AME Church.

Hashim Nzinga (left) and Malik Zulu Shabazz (right) lead protestors in Charleston

Hashim Nzinga (left) and Malik Zulu Shabazz (right) lead protestors in Charleston

On June 23, Shabazz organized a rally in front of the Emanuel AME Church billed as “National Rally #1 In Defense of the Black Church.” From the stage, Shabazz referenced  Denmark Vesey, who in 1822 plotted a rebellion against slavery in which, according to PBS, he and others “planned to seize Charleston’s arsenals and guard houses, kill the Governor, set fire to the city, and kill every white man they saw.” Shabazz stated:

Denmark Vesey had a plan to kill all the slave masters in the state. Denmark Vesey had a plan to kill every last one of them and kill all their goddamn families, and we need some new Denmark Veseys today. We gotta complete what Denmark didn’t finish. He never finished his mission, but the real children of Denmark Vesey is [sic] out here today.

Shabazz has planned a second rally he is calling “Rally to Bury White Supremacy: Massive National Demonstration #2” scheduled at the same location on June 27. Hashim Nzinga, the current chairman of the NBPP attended the June 23 rally and is scheduled to attend this one as well.

While Shabazz attempts to por­tray him­self as a civil rights leader, he continues to inject his big­otry and violent rhetoric into high-profile racially-charged events, inflaming already tense situations.

Previously, in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore, Shabazz organized protests and called for violence against law enforcement on Fox News Radio’s “The Alan Colmes Show.” Shabazz told Colmes that “those young Baltimore youth are liken to the Palestinians battling an Israeli occupier…some people might need to get hurt in self-defense.”

These statements echoed those he made on Black Power Radio, where he justified the burning down of a CVS and told his audience that “We’re gonna stop all of this goddamn talking and raise up an army and deal with you mother—ers.”

Similarly, after Michael Brown was killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, Shabazz and other NBPP leaders traveled to Ferguson, aggravating the situation there. Shabazz led protesters in chants calling for the death of the officer who shot Michael Brown. Using a megaphone, Shabazz yelled, “Who do we want?” The protestors responded, “Darren Wilson!” Shabazz: “How do we want him?” Protestors: “Dead!”

In 2012, the NBPP, then under the leadership of Shabazz, also offered a $10,000 reward for the “capture” of George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Mar­tin in Florida.

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May 7, 2015

Baltimore Protest Organizer Spouts Inflammatory Rhetoric On NBPP Radio

Malik Zulu Shabazz, the racist and anti-Semitic former leader of the New Black Panther Party (NBPP), who has taken credit for organizing protests in Baltimore in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death, went on the NBPP’s Black Power Radio earlier this week to express his inflammatory views.

Malik Zulu Shabazz and protesters in front of Baltimore City Hall

Malik Zulu Shabazz with protesters in front of Baltimore City Hall

While Shabazz has attempted to portray himself as a civil rights leader in Baltimore, he openly expressed his bigotry and praised the actions of rioters in Monday’s broadcast of Black Power Radio.

During this broadcast, Shabazz praised protestors “especially the youth, who rose up like the Palestinians did, rose up against the police state, rose up against occupation, rose up and caused a rebellion in the streets.”

In response to claims that rioters are damaging their own community, Shabazz asked, “What do you mean our community? How much of it did we own? Forty-four of the stores that were burned down in Baltimore were owned by outsiders or Koreans. We didn’t own those stores.”

Shabazz also justified the burning down of a CVS claiming that such stores are “taking all our money…what really has CVS done for our community? They gave out a few jobs and took a whole bunch of money from us.”

While discussing those who do not agree with his tactics, Shabazz stated, “There are a lot of haters out there against Attorney Shabazz [and] the New Black Panther Party. And we’re gonna stop all this goddamn talking and raise up an army and deal with you motherf—ers.”

By appearing on Black Power Radio, Shabazz, who stepped down from his leadership role with the Panthers in 2013, reaffirmed his continued involvement with the NBPP, the largest organized anti-Semitic and racist Black militant group in America.

In the same broadcast, Hashim Nzinga, the current leader of the NBPP, injected anti-Semitism into the discussion, employing a common trope of his: that a supposedly Jewish-controlled media nefariously portrays Black people in a negative light. “And with your Jewish and your mostly menorah, I mean majority, uh, minority-owned TV stations, going to paint a picture like something’s wrong with us,” Nzinga stated.

Nzinga also offered inflammatory language describing a “genocide” taking place in America. “That’s all in you, white man, is to fight and kill. And when you can’t fight or kill, you go hunt…You’ve got to be killing something. And right now, it’s killing the Black man off.” He added, “We ain’t gonna let you do it no more.”

The NBPP com­monly takes on racially-charged issues under the guise of cham­pi­oning civil rights as they also did in the after­math of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Trayvon Mar­tin. However, 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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November 26, 2014

Arrested Black Panther Also Involved in Sovereign Citizen Movement

Update — 9/3/15: Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Orlando Baldwin were each sentenced in a federal court to seven years in prison.

Update — 6/2/15: Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Orlando Baldwin each pleaded guilty to four explosives and gun charges that will carry seven-year prison terms when they are sentenced Aug. 31.

Update — 4/2/15: Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Orlando Baldwin were indicted on additional charges involving the conspiracy to use bombs to commit “violent acts”  and the illegal purchase of firearms.

Federal agents arrested two New Black Panther Party members (NBPP) in St. Louis on November 21, accusing Olajuwon Ali and Brandon Baldwin of illegal straw purchases of handguns.  Some media have cited anonymous sources alleging that the pair also attempted to purchase pipe bombs.olajuwon-ali-document

One of the accused, Olajuwon Ali, 22, is the head of the NBPP’s St. Louis Chapter, but he also has been active in a very different extremist movement:  the anti-government “sovereign citizen” movement.

The sovereign citizen movement has experienced rapid recent growth, particularly in its Afro-centric “Moorish” offshoot.  “Moorish” sovereigns emerged in the mid-1990s when members of the Moorish Science Temple (MST), a religious sect, attempted to meld their beliefs with that of the sovereign citizen movement.  Sovereign beliefs have since spread widely among MST adherents, and later to other African-Americans, bringing new adherents to what historically has been considered a right-wing extremist movement.

Ali is typical of many new recruits to the “Moorish” movement.  Although there is evidence that Ali may have encountered sovereign citizen ideology as early as 2010, when still a teenager, it was in April 2013 that he formally joined the movement, filing an “Abjuration of Citizenship” document declaring himself  an “aboriginal/indigenous, free Sovereign Moor – Natural Person of the Land.”

The document, as well as a Moorish identification card that Ali has used, appear to come from an influential New Jersey-based Moorish group led by R. V. Bey.  One of the signatures on the document seems to be that of one of R. V. Bey’s prominent disciples.

Another signature on Ali’s document belongs to Kusu ra Kush Bey, aka Chester Wilson, a St. Louis-based Moorish sovereign.  In the same month that Ali filed his “abjuration,” the FBI arrested Wilson for his alleged involvement in a major multi-state car theft ring.

Ali himself had a brush with the law only months after declaring his sovereignty.  In June 2013, St. Louis police arrested Ali for trespassing, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace following an incident in which Ali allegedly attempted to use a Moorish identification card at a convenience store to demand “tax-free” purchases.  Ali, tased during the incident, later described his arrest as “unlawful” and himself as a “victim of police brutality.”

Ali’s legal troubles took up much of his time, but he found a new source for activism following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson in August 2014.  That month, Ali, calling himself a “Minister of Justice and Law,” offered a “Lessons of Law Class (Post-Mike Brown)” to inform African-Americans of their “Constitutional, Universal Human, and Indigenous Rights.”

The shooting also gave Ali an opportunity to join NBPP activism with Moorish activism.  On August 13, Ali composed a lengthy, sovereign-style “Affidavit of Fact” directed to the mayor of Ferguson  in which he asserted that claims the NBPP had encouraged violence were “false propaganda [sic]” released by “European owned” media stations.  He also accused the city of Ferguson with the “GENOCIDE AND MURDER OF Aboriginal Indigenous American Michael Brown Jr.”

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