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.