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.
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.