ADL Expresses Concern Over New Black Panther Party’s Self-Proclaimed Peacemaking Role in Ferguson;

Says Group Has Long History of Provoking Hatred and Violence

New York, NY, August 20, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed concern over the role that the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) claims to play in supposedly helping to keep the peace between protesters and law enforcement in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

ADL said a number of media outlets and law enforcement officers have provided a platform for the group and its spokespersons, seemingly unaware that the group is an extremist and racist organization.

 “The leadership of the NBPP has called for vio­lence against police and has made vehemently racist and anti-Semitic statements which have marked the group’s activity for many years,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “While the group has received national attention for its efforts, it should not be mistaken for anything other than what it is – a hate group that promotes violence and bigotry.”

Since arriving in Ferguson on the week of August 11, for­mer NBPP Chair­man Malik Zulu Shabazz has been identifying himself as head of Black Lawyers for Justice, and has led protesters in chants calling for the death of the officer who shot Michael Brown. Using a megaphone, Shabazz yelled, “Who do we want?” Protestors responded, “Darren Wilson!” Shabazz: “How do we want him?” Protestors: “Dead!” On August 14, Shabazz also wrote on Face­book that if the name of the offi­cer who shot Michael Brown were not released, he would release the officer’s name and address to “give the demon­stra­tors a clearer target.” Upon arriving in Ferguson, NBPP Chief of Staff Chawn Kweli posted on Face­book on August 10 that “If need be put as many aggressors in the coffins they picked out for you in self-defense…If you die, die like a warrior.”

“The public should not be fooled by the New Black Panther Party’s effort to present itself as a responsible voice,” said Oren Segal, Director of the ADL Center on Extremism. “The group has a long history of inserting bigotry and militancy into racially-charged issues around the country and confronting police, and the last thing the people of Ferguson need is for extremist groups to exploit the situation, fanning flames of bigotry and violence while at the same time taking credit for peacekeeping.”

NBPP Chair­man Hashim Nzinga has also made inflammatory statements on the group’s online radio broadcast, which he titled, “Mur­der In Mis­souri– Michael Brown And Blood Thirsty Pigs– The Bat­tle Is On!” and claimed that white Amer­i­cans are com­mit­ting “geno­cide” against Black males. Additionally, Nzinga also blamed news coverage of the rioting on the supposed Jewish-controlled media, claiming that “Jews’ media and the Jews’ TV, they have made it look like we’re the vil­lains of Amer­ica…”

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