Two black panthers blocking and intimidating voters
Founded in Dallas, the group portrays itself as a militant, modern-day expression of the black power movement. Former NBPP Chairman Khalid Muhammad has referred to Jews as “bloodsuckers.” The New Black Panther Party, originally founded in 1989 by Dallas radio personality Aaron Michaels, hoped to engage black citizens in community activism.
Although it frequently engages in armed protests of alleged police brutality, non-racist, left wing members of the original Black Panther Party of the 1960s and 1970s have rejected the new Panthers as a “black racist hate group” and contested their hijacking of the Panther name and symbol. ” — Malik Zulu Shabazz, the party’s former national chairman, protesting at B’nai B’rith International headquarters in Washington, D. One of its main goals was to increase black representation on the Dallas school board.
Keever, a Caucasian in a district where students of color were the majority, was elected on the heels of a scandal involving school board member Dan Peavy.
Some of Peavy’s phone conversations, where he frequently used the N-word to describe a number of individuals, including students, were leaked, and Peavy was forced to step down. It might make someone upset.” On June 7, 1998, James Byrd Jr., was murdered in Jasper, Texas, by three white men who chained the black man to the back of a truck and dragged him to death.
” — King Samir Shabazz, former head of the party’s Philadelphia chapter, in a National Geographic documentary, January 2009.
Former California grand dragon of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Tom Metzger, was a featured speaker at the event.
After the arrests, Michaels and Muhammad issued a citywide call to action, requesting that black men come armed to the next school board meeting. In the wake of the horrific murder, Khalid Muhammad led a group of armed NBPP members to Jasper, where members confronted a group of Klansmen who rallied in the town.
In the NBPP’s “10 Point Platform,” which is taken from the original Black Panther Party, the NBPP demands that black people be given a country or state of their own within which they can make their own laws.
He also used his time at the podium to claim that O. Simpson was innocent of murdering of his wife, despite the fact that he “left his black wife and decided to live a life sleeping with the enemy,” and described himself as a linebacker “willing to open up a hole, breaking crackers’ necks and backs.” In May 1996, Muhammad and Michaels worked together in an effort to force the resignation of Dallas School Board President Bill Keever, after he had three New Black Panther Party members arrested for disrupting a board meeting.
The group was already upset by Keever’s appointment, which they saw as a continuance of racial inequities and discrimination in the school system.
Although Metzger is no friend to African Americans, both he and NBPP members share a common belief that white and black people should live in separate countries.
At that 1993 meeting, Michaels claimed that the NBPP had formed 20 chapters.