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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 15, 2013

New Black Panthers Claim Support From Nick Cannon, Others In Entertainment And Business


New Black Panther Party posts videos of alleged support from Nick Cannon and Micahel V. Roberts for September “Millions For Trayvon” march.

The New Black Pan­ther Party (NBPP), the largest organized anti-Semitic and racist black militant group in America, has posted video clips of well-known public figures in the entertainment and business worlds apparently expressing their support for their upcoming Mil­lion Youth March in Harlem.

Through its website and social media platforms, the NBPP is promoting videos of entertainer Nick Cannon and St. Louis real estate and media mogul Michael V. Roberts inviting people to the September 7 march.

While it is unclear if Cannon or Roberts realize the event is sponsored by the NBPP, Cannon tells viewers “It’s going down in Harlem September 7th, the Million Youth March is coming together…Let’s go.” Roberts states, “I’m here to support the Million Youth March. It’s coming up very soon and it’s going to be extremely important.”

Cannon is shown being interviewed by NBPP’s National Chief of Staff, Hashim Nzinga, who has a long history of anti-Semitism.

Additionally, the NBPP is claiming the support of Leon Goodrum, a businessman who owns a number of McDonalds franchises in Atlanta. The group even uses the McDonalds logo with Goodrum’s picture on its list of supporters, which is ironic since the NBPP’s National Chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz has referred to such companies as “bloodsuckers” that the NBPP will seek financial endorsements from and “then when they help us, we still gonna turn on them like a Black Doberman Pinscher.”

Another successful businessman the NBPP advertises as a supporter is Comer Cottrell, the entrepreneur who founded Pro-Line Haircare.

The September rally will commemorate the 15 year anniversary of the first Million Youth March, which ended with a melee between New York City police officers and demonstrators when police attempted to shut down the rally at the 4 p.m. deadline.

In the aftermath of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, the NBPP has begun promoting the September 7 rally as “Millions for Trayvon,” calling the event a “Massive Post Verdict National rally to Support Trayvon Martin and Black Youth” that will “shut down New York.” The rally is part of a larger weekend of events that the NBPP is referring to as the “National Black Family Convention” (September 5-8).

In 2012, the New Black Panther Party infamously offered a $10,000 reward for the “capture” of George Zimmerman with a wanted poster with a photo of Zimmerman’s face in the crosshairs.  The NBPP’s Florida representative has called Zimmerman “a wicked white beast” and claimed “his father is a Jew, he’s a no good Jew.”

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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