New York, NY, August 19, 2003 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said today that the leader of the upcoming Million Youth March has a long record of promoting racist views and inciting anti-Semitism. Malik Zulu Shabazz, national chairman of the New Black Panther Party, most recently manifested his anti-Semitism by giving expression to hateful 9/11 conspiracy theories about Jews.
ADL called on New York City Councilman Charles Barron, D-Brooklyn, who has publicly endorsed the September 6 event, to repudiate Malik Shabazz's leadership and anti-Semitic statements. This year's event in Brooklyn marks the five-year anniversary of the 1998 Million Youth March, which ended with clashes with police in Harlem after a series of anti-Semitic and racist speakers took the podium.
"There is ample reason to suspect Malik Shabazz will use the Million Youth March to promote racism and anti-Semitism," said Joel J. Levy, ADL New York Regional Director. "A rally that seeks to gather Black youth from around the country to stand united in their desire to better their communities is one that all groups should support. However, it is tainted because it is led by a racist and anti-Semite."
As recently as July 3, 2003, when asked about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Shabazz expressed "100 percent" support for Amiri Baraka, the disgraced former New Jersey poet laureate who created a firestorm over his poem "Somebody Blew Up America," which perpetuated an anti-Semitic myth that claimed Jews and Israel had foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks. "If 3,000 people perished in the World Trade Center attacks and the Jewish population is 10 percent, you show me records of 300 Jewish people dying in the World Trade Center," Shabazz said. "We're daring anyone to dispute its truth. They (the Jews) got their people out."