New Black Panther Party Leader Video: ‘We will see caskets and funerals in the community of our enemy’

With recent contentious race topics entering the spotlight — such as the voter intimidation incident and the Shirley Sherrod imbroglio — the media has been more than willing to open their arms and turn on their cameras to hear the opining of the National Chairman of the New Black Panther Party, Malik Zulu Shabazz. Shabazz has appeared on Fox News, issued a statement through CNN, and done exclusive interviews for various media outlets.

The Anti-Defamation League has described Shabazz as anti-semitic and racist, trying “to recast himself as a serious civil rights leader in recent years by cloaking his bigotry and intolerance in religious and civil rights principles and inserting himself in high profile, racially charged issues around the country.”  This certainly seems to be the case as Shabazz has made an increasing number of appearances in the media, in which the audience is expected to suspend belief and assume this man is a serious voice on race relations in America.

In fact, Shabazz used his statement at CNN to accuse the “Republican or right wing tea party strategists” of “stir[ing] up racial fears.”

Perhaps Mr. Shabazz is unfamiliar with his own attempts to “stir up racial fears,” but in case he has forgotten, this video from C-Span (h/t John Simpson) where he calls out to a crowd in Washington, D.C. to “unite against a common enemy” and to defend themselves against the police should help remind him. In his words, “when we see caskets rolling and funerals in the black community … we will see caskets and funerals in the community of our enemy.”

The video is from an August 2000 event called the “Redeem the Dream” rally hosted by the Reverend Al Sharpton and includes participation by the NAACP, Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Georgia, current Democratic New York gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo, and former President of the NAACP and former Democratic Rep. Kweisi Mfume.  The C-Span library contains an entire 4 hour and 36 minute version of the video, so as not to confuse the media of the messages intent.

If Breitbart is going to be hammered by the media for allegedly taking a video clip out of context, shouldn’t the media adhere to the same standard for others?  Shouldn’t everything be held in context, especially the guests they’re going to interview?  Should someone providing commentary on racism be pointed out for their own racist activity?  Of course.

This video shows what the ADL has known for some time, and what the media should know when presenting a character such as Shabazz. But it is also one chapter in the history of a man long intent on inciting race wars. After all, Shabazz came to prominence in 1994 when he engaged in this warm-up speech for Khallid Abdul Muhammad at Howard University in 1994, which included this completely innocent exchange:

“Who is it that caught and killed Nat Turner?”

Audience:  “The Jews!”

“Who is it that controls the Federal Reserve?”

Audience:  “The Jews!”

“Who is it that has our entertainers . . . and our athletes in a vise grip?”

Audience:  “The Jews!”

“We want to bring on a man who makes the Jews pee in their pants at night . . . my big brother, Dr. Khallid Muhammad!”

With a man like Shabazz allegedly voicing the concerns of black America, it’s no wonder the NBPP churns out people who stir up racial fears by shouting, “You want freedom, you’re gonna have to kill some crackers!  You’re gonna have to kill some of their babies!”