Malik Zulu Shabazz, New Black Panthers agitate in Ferguson
CHICAGO, August 19, 2014 — Marie Chappelle-Nadal, a Democratic Missouri State senator, says that the people of Ferguson are reporting that protests are filled “with anarchists from the New Black Panther party” who are inciting peaceful protestors to attack the police.
She says, as was reported last night by media, that agitators in the crowd are from New York, Miami and Chicago, and they are the ones inciting Ferguson to violence.
Today at 1:27 p.m., Capt. Ron Johnson said that some 60-70 persons were arrested due to the influence of 10-20 people who infiltrated into the crowd and began throwing bottles of unknown substances at the police.
A militarized response was needed in order to protect the people of Ferguson. Last night’s response was a direct result of two people being shot by persons in the crowds, not police. Capt. Johnson said it was a result of outside agitators as well as persons from within the community.
The violence that is burning Ferguson to the ground seems to flow from a group that calls themselves “The New Black Panthers.” They have no connection to the original Black Panthers organization.
The Black Panthers group news alert says, in regard to the New Black Panthers that:
As guardian of the true history of the Black Panther Party, the Foundation, which includes former leading members of the Party, denounces this group’s exploitation of the Party’s name and history. Failing to find its own legitimacy in the black community, this band would graft the Party’s name upon itself, which we condemn.
Firstly, the people in the New Black Panthers were never members of the Black Panther Party and have no legitimate claim on the Party’s name. On the contrary, they would steal the names and pretend to walk in the footsteps of the Party’s true heroes, such as Black Panther founder Huey P. Newton, George Jackson and Jonathan Jackson, Bunchy Carter, John Huggins, Fred Hampton, Mark Cark, and so many others who gave their very lives to the black liberation struggle under the Party’s banner.
Secondly, they denigrate the Party’s name by promoting concepts absolutely counter to the revolutionary principles on which the Party was founded. Their alleged media assault on the Ku Klux Klan serves to incite hatred rather than resolve it. The Party’s fundamental principle, as best articulated by the great revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, was: “A true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.” The Black Panthers were never a group of angry young militants full of fury toward the “white establishment.” The Party operated on love for black people, not hatred of white people.
Last Saturday, a man claiming to be the former chairman of the New Black Panther Party and the current president of Black Lawyers for Justice, Malik Zulu Shabazz told Missouri Highway Patrol captain Ron Johnson, who is overseeing policing efforts in Ferguson, that his groups, along with the Nation of Islam, are controlling the situation in the embattled city.
During Johnson’s Saturday press briefing to announce the new curfew in Ferguson, Shabazz, along with members of the Nation of Islam are helping to quell the violence.
“As you well know, on Thursday night, my group — and thanks to you — the my organizers, along with the New Black Panther Party and the Nation of Islam, we are the ones who put those men in the streets and we controlled the flow of traffic,” he said. “I personally shut down the avenue at 2 o’clock,” Shabazz said to Johnson. “You were there, and you witnessed that.”
Shabazz warned that the new curfew could be a “prescription for confrontation” between demonstrators and law enforcement given the sudden nature of the rule.
“It ended because we ended it and we have the rapport with the demonstrators — they respect me, they respect us,” he added.
Johnson said Shabazz was “absolutely correct” that those groups helped control the demonstrations, although he said he did not know the names of those groups at the time.
“First of all, I want to say that those groups he talked about that helped us Thursday night, he’s absolutely correct and when I met with the governor the next day I said I do not know the names of those groups. But I said there were gentlemen in black pants and black shirts and they were out there and they did their job.
“And I told that to the governor, and I’ll tell that to the nation,” Johnson said. “Those groups helped, and they’re a part of this.”
He also said he wanted more help from the groups.
“I ask that you help us. We can’t do it,” he said. “You were out there. It was some of the young men helping you, and I appreciate it.”
However a report by the Independent Journal Review paints a different picture of Malik Zulu Shabazz:
ILJ review writes:
Just prior to Saturday’s governor-ordered curfew in Ferguson, Missouri, New Black Panthers leader Malik Zulu Shabazz led a crowd in a chant, calling for the death of Darren Wilson, the officer identified in the shooting death of Michael Brown:
“What do we want?” “Darren Wilson.” “How do we want him?” “Dead!”
The Anti-Defamation League describes the New Black Panthers:
The New Black Panther Party for Self Defense (NBPP) is the largest organized anti-Semitic and racist black militant group in America. The group is led by Malik Zulu Shabazz, a Washington, DC-based attorney who has been active with the NBPP since the mid-1990s.
By taking on racially-charged issues under the guise of championing civil rights, the NBPP has received national media 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.
On the New Black Panthers website, Shabazz gets a business reference:
Any victims of Police terror who have been tased, hit with tear gas, rubber bullets or live fire call: (572) 223-9329 Legal council for all victims of Police Terror in St. Louis ALL VICTIMS MEET WITH US 11:00 am Thurs 8/14 in front of the Ferguson Pig Pen
Atty. Malik Zulu Shabazz and Black Lawyers for Justice – BLFJ will represent all victims in St Louis Past and Present of Police Abuses and Misconduct …
Reports are that Attorney General Eric Holder will be traveling to Ferguson tomorrow to ensure that “the police are properly trained and treating the arrested protesters with respect.”
Judge William Webster, former FBI director, compared the violence surrounding the Rodney King and Michael Brown incidents and the response of the police, noting that the police have failed to work with the community or have a planned emergency response in place.
It is very difficult to grasp how Capt. Johnson, the police or the National Guard can possibly quell the violence as long as Shabazz and the New Black Panthers are enlisting violent gangs, like the Bloods and the Crips, to agitate against the police.
Last night, police Capt. Ron Johnson asked that the people of Ferguson return to their homes by 4:00 p.m. so that when darkness falls and the agitators emerge, they can be removed from the streets of Ferguson and the city be returned to the people.