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Militant Black Groups Plan Armed Rally, Call for Vigilantism

By Leah Nelson on April 9, 2012 - 3:03 pm, Posted in Anti-Semitic, Hate Groups

The New Black Panther Party (NBPP) and New Black Liberation Militia (NBLM) are planning an armed rally in Sanford, Fla. later this month, Hatewatch has learned.

Speaking via phone from Jacksonville, where his group was holding a press conference with NBPP area spokesman Mikhail Muhammad, NBLM head Minister Prince Najee Shaka Muhammad today told Hatewatch that the armed rally, planned for April 21, is part of a crusade to obtain “justice” for Trayvon Martin, the black teenager whose shooting death in Sanford at the hands of a neighborhood watch volunteer has caused waves of outrage across America.

His hope is that today’s press conference will help mobilize “our people,” with the intent of “building up a black army and black militia” to “protect” the black community from aggression by “white supremacists” – which is, he said, “a trend.” Major topics of discussion at today’s gathering, he said, were the arrests yesterday of two white men in connection with a deadly and apparently racially motivated shooting spree that left three black people dead and two injured in Tulsa, Okla., and the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement’s (NSM) announcement that it planned to undertake patrols of Sanford. (Such patrols reportedly have not yet taken place.)

Jacksonville may not the only place where black separatists are rallying. According to a flier posted on the Facebook page of Tampa NBPP chapter president Clarence Steven Jones (who also goes by “Ali Muhammad”), NPBB National Chair Malik Zulu Shabazz was to speak today at noon at an undisclosed location in the Tampa area. Both the Tampa and Jacksonville events are connected by last week’s announcement that today was to be a day of “action and absence” to “demand the arrest of George Zimmerman for the murder and racial profiling hate crime of Trayvon Martin.” (The shooting has not been declared a hate crime or even a crime at all – Zimmerman claimed self-defense and an investigation into allegations that he acted unlawfully is still under way.)

The NBPP and NBLM have been front and center among the many outsiders vying for the spotlight in the wake of Martin’s death in Sanford. As of late March, the NBPP was offering a $10,000 reward for Zimmerman’s “capture,” while the NBLM has announced plans to undertake a “citizen’s arrest” of Zimmerman.

NBPP had reportedly planned to conduct “self-defense” training for blacks in the Sanford area on the evening of April 7, but in an E-mail to Hatewatch, Sanford police said there were no reports confirming such activity.

Spokesmen for both NBPP and NBLM told Hatewatch they think Zimmerman was getting special treatment because his father is a former judge who is reportedly Jewish.

They also said they were not interested violence or vigilantism – denials which rang hollow in light of words like these, from Mikhail Muhammad to Hatewatch: “If you don’t do justice by the people, eventually people take justice into their own hands. … We live in a society where you either use the laws fairly and squarely or there aren’t going to be any laws that will be respected.”

The NBLM’s Najee Muhammad, a former NBPP “National Field Marshall” who told Hatewatch he founded the NBLM in 2010 because he felt constrained by the NBPP’s restrictions on military displays, was blunter. “When I found out about the [Jewish] background of that [Zimmerman] family, I said, ‘Uh-oh, ain’t nothing going to happen to that family unless we do it.’”

The militia leader, who bragged about “rolling” with members of the Crips and the Bloods and “rumbling” with police as a teen, grew up in Cleveland among radical black militants, many of them members of the Nation of Islam (NOI), a black separatist hate group whose rhetoric today is positively mild compared to that of the NBPP. He reminisced fondly about his father’s brother “Uncle Ahmed,” better known as Fred Evans, a black militant who died in jail after famously leading the “Glenville Shootout,” a 1968 Cleveland sniper attack on police that left several dead and caused a 5-day riot that the neighborhood in ruins.

Asked if he wanted to see another such event, Najee Muhammad equivocated. Insisting he respects authority and would not personally instigate violence, he said, “Uprising is going to happen by the nature of the cause.”

  • Reynardine

    Traditionally, that has involved a man wholly owning one or more women, who owed him unremitting fealty and service with little or no return obligation. Along the spine of the Himalayas, there has been a different tradition, where, owing to the inarability of the land, a group of brothers or cousins married one woman. It was customary to expose girl babies for twenty-four hours so there would not be too many women and so that the survivors would be the fittest. The earliest forms of marriage, though, seems to have been for villages or tribes to exchange young males, who were then allowed to cohabit indiscriminately with the women of their new village (and vice versa).

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Gee, you must be new here Ventra. Could you please name a superpower that was destroyed by illegal immigration? I’ll let the “traditional marriage” comment slide because none of you people even know what that means, and if you found out, you’d be shocked.

  • Gregory

    Wentra,
    Those groups are hateful as well. Now they just have some company who are not melanin deprived and just as stupid.

  • Wentra

    You mean there are black groups on the hate watch? I thought only white people who didn’t want the country destroyed by illegal immigration, muslim terrorism and the destruction of traditional marriage were considered hateful!

  • Reynardine

    Prosecutor Corey has charged George Zimmerman with second-degree murder by information. That is the highest degree that can be charged by information in this state, and a prosecutor can thereafter go to a grand jury for a first-degree murder charge. But, in view of the fact that Zimmerman seems to have turned himself in voluntarily, there may have been an arrangement not to do so.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Just found out that Zimmerman is being charge with Martin’s murder! I only hope that the trial is fair and that Martin gets the justice he deserves.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    I for one welcome our new hippopotamus overlords. All glory to the Hippocrats!

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Assuming he’s not a troll, Mr. “Alinsky”(I love how all the conservatives are so concerned with that man after Glenn Beck told them to), so wonderfully demonstrates how delusional conservatives are.

  • Reynardine

    Saul, Hippocrates is dead.

  • SAUL ALINSKY

    As long as you are black you can put a bounty dead or alive on a person and not one damn state run media, Police Department,
    Dept of Justice, Southern Poverty group, ACLU, Eric Holder, Obama will do anything. Let it be a white or hispanic and Congress, President, and all the other hippocrats will spend their life ignoring it!

  • Reynardine

    Dragon, you missed my point, which is: first Neo-Nazis, now these guys. If they’re trying to start another Civil War, we need it ended. This crap is twenty miles from my house. The St. Johns is a broad river, but not broad enough. General Sherman was a joke (I hope).

  • CriticalDragon1177

    Reynardine

    You wrote,
    ————————————————————————————
    Where the Hell is General Sherman, now that we really need him?
    ————————————————————————————

    If they do anything illegal, it should be the police that handle it, not the military. The cops can handle it, so there’s no need for a General Sherman here. In fact what someone like him might do in this situation may not even be necessary or justified. If they commit a crime, they will be criminals, not highly trained soldiers.

  • CriticalDragon1177

    Leah Nelson,

    Another bigoted hate group that thinks its above the law. I hope if any of either groups members try any thing, they are quickly hunted down and arrested.

  • Jack Wolford

    I thought you needed a permit fror a rally and if that is correct then a rally with firearms would not be permitted in my opinion.

  • Jason Trahan

    @ 43, I’ve never seen a Panther holding just a candle before…

  • sheila stark

    that’s about the most stupid way to demonstrate for someone’s wrongful death. What on earth do they hope to accomplish? I wish this country would get behind gun control for all wackos…white supremacists, black panthers…(really, what’s the difference today?). UGH….Of course, as the person above commented, Floridians might just see where their inane laws takes them, and I have a hunch it’s not what they intended.

  • Reynardine

    Where the Hell is General Sherman, now that we really need him?

  • Mitch Beales

    Perhaps Floridians will begin to recognize that their “stand your ground” law is an invitation to armed conflict.

  • Gregory

    Why does the SPLC never, ever, address black hate groups? Oh, wait. Never mind.

    Not to diminish the serious nature of rival gangs of racially motivated vigilantes forming in the wake of this tragedy, I have to wonder when one key player is titled “NBLM head Minister Prince Najee Shaka Muhammad” if this is not an elaborate bit of performance art, alá Sacha Baron Cohen.

  • Reynardine

    A. As someone with some Zimmermans in my family tree, I affirm that the only thing you can conclude about a family named Zimmerman is that an ancestor was a carpenter.

    B. We need this like poop on a dinner plate.

  • david

    rally yes, armed rally no way. just asking for the whole thing to explode violently. that is a page from the tea party handbook and they should stay as far away from it as they can.