The Black Panthers, a militant “black power” group from the 1960s, are regrouping and claim they want to murder as many Caucasian Americans as possible.
You may have heard the profanity and death threat-laden recordings of a couple of their leaders which were posted at Breitbart.com recently. It is hard for many of us to imagine that there are actually people in America who hold such ignorant hatred for their fellow countrymen, but it is sadly so.
“Under siege.” That’s how New Black Panther Party Chief of Staff Michelle Williams describes the black community in Tampa, FL, site of the GOP convention. And you can bet she blames Republicans, whites, and “tea baggers.”
So during an Aug. 12 rant on Black Panther radio, she let loose not only on “crackers” but also on black conservatives. During a particularly colorful diatribe explaining why she hates whites and why all blacks should, too, she vowed that as long as whites keep characterizing blacks as “ni**ers,“ her ”feet [will be] on your motherfu**ing necks.”
But the most shocking comments come in a separate piece of audio posted on the site. In it, the host says blacks are “too scared” to drag whites out of their houses, skin them, hang them in trees, drag them behind trucks, and pour acid on them. He talks about that as he announces the desire for a new “military.” The host, which appears to be King Samir Shabazz of “kill cracker babies fame,” repeats the threat that made him famous: mainly that blacks will have to kill white babies “seconds” after they’re born — and he suggests firebombing nurseries to do it.
If the name Michelle Williams sounds familiar, it’s because she is the infamous voice behind the “dead or alive” bounty on George Zimmerman’s head. And when a firestorm erupted after those comments, she offered this tearful apology:
“If my words, my words that I had to say out of anger will make the American people address this issue, let it be my time, Melanie. Let it be my time to address this issue with America, that we say enough is enough. We can’t have any more killings…My words were out of anger. I did not incite, I did not promote, nor did I encourage anyone to go and pick up a gun.”
What is it about the Justice Department and the Black Panthers? On March 24, Mikhail Muhammad, leader of the New Black Panther Party, offered a $10,000 bounty for the “capture” of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin. The Panthers distributed wanted posters, calling him a “child killer” and offering the bounty “dead or alive.” Muhammad warned that Mr. Zimmerman “should be fearful for his life.” The bounty announcement came moments after members of the group called for the mobilization of 10,000 black men to capture Zimmerman.“The Black Panthers didn’t come here to divide people. They are already divided. We came today because we are making an appeal: do justice. Our children are tired of being shot, dying and murdered,” said Muhammad.
When asked whether he was inciting violence, Muhammad replied defiantly saying: “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”
These acts were almost certainly criminal. Florida Code 787.01 makes it a felony to threaten someone or abduct them with the intent to terrorize. Florida Code 777.04 further criminalizes solicitation which “commands, encourages, hires or requests another person” to engage in criminal activity such as kidnapping. Solicitation to kidnap is also a federal crime, and the fact that this was unambiguously racially-based brings it within the purview of federal hate-crime laws.
There is an important moral dimension at play as well. This scandal offers an opportunity for the Obama administration to show it can act impartially and calm racial tensions. So far, the White House has failed to lead on the issue.
How in the world could the New Black Panthers feel so bold as to openly threaten someone, and publicly offer a contract for an illegal kidnapping? Why, it is almost as though they believe the law no longer applies to them. It is almost like they have some precedent for believing that.
This isn’t the first time Mr. Holder’s department has been accused on being soft on black radicals.
In the closing days of the George W. Bush administration, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a complaint against two members of the New Black Panther Party, along with the head of the Party and the organization itself following an incident that occurred outside a polling station near downtown Philadelphia in November of 2008. The Justice Department said they violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by scaring voters with the weapon, uniforms and racial slurs.
The case was originally brought in January 2009 by career attorneys in the department’s Civil Rights Division. The incident was caught on videotape. Two of the party’s members, one of whom brandished a nightstick, were accused of harassing and intimidating voters.
According to a witness, the Panthers shouted racial slurs; one said, presumably to a white voter: “Now you will see what it is like to be ruled by the black man, cracker.”
According to an election observer, that remark was directed at him and another poll watcher.
One of the witnesses, Bartle Bull, a veteran civil rights activist who served as Bobby Kennedy’s New York campaign manager in 1968, has publicly called this “the most blatant form of voter intimidation” he has ever seen. Mr. Bull says he heard one yell “You are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker!”
Justice Department lawyers investigated the case, filed charges, and when none of the defendants filed any response to the complaint or appeared in federal district court in Philadelphia to answer the suit, the court entered a “default” against all the Panthers defendants.
After President Obama took office, however, the department decided that charges should be dropped against all of the defendants except “Minister King Samir Shabazz” aka Maurice Heath, who was the man holding the nightstick. The department succeeded in obtaining an injunction to forbid him from carrying a weapon at a polling place in the future.
J. Christian Adams, a former attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the US Justice Department, testified on July 6, 2010, before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Adams was interviewed afterwards on FOX News by Megyn Kelly. Adams alleged that the Justice Department ignores voter fraud and states that a mandate came from Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandes, an Obama appointee at the top of the department.
Julie Fernandes, an ideological firebrand and former lawyer for the Leadership Conference for Civil Rights, announced at a policy meeting that “the voting section will not bring any other cases against blacks and other minorities.” Christian Adams, a former DOJ attorney who quit his job after over the Obama administration’s refusal to prosecute the Panthers, claims the administration has ordered the DOJ not to pursue voting-rights cases against black people.
Christopher Coates, former head of the Justice Department’s Civil Right’s Voting Division, corroborated the statements made earlier by J Christian Adams when he resigned from the US Justice Department.
Meanwhile, the forced dismissal of the New Black Panther case turned out to be just the beginning of the misery heaped on Coates. According to multiple sources at Justice, the political appointees who came in soon after Obama’s inauguration — particularly Julie Fernandes, an ideological firebrand and former lawyer for the Leadership Conference for Civil Rights — put severe restrictions on Coates almost as soon as they arrived and began micromanaging all of his work. The new political apparatchiks stripped Coates of virtually all discretionary authority, delegated responsibility for most decisions to more “results-oriented” underlings in the Voting Section, and rendered him a virtual figurehead.
Attorney General Eric Holder finally got fed up with claims that the Justice Department went easy in the voting rights case against members of the New Black Panther Party because they are African American.
Holder’s frustration over the criticism became evident during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing as Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) accused the Justice Department of failing to cooperate with a Civil Rights Commission investigation into the handling of the 2008 incident in which Black Panthers in intimidating outfits and wielding a club stood outside a polling place in Philadelphia.
The Attorney General seemed to take personal offense at a comment Culberson read in which former Democratic activist Bartle Bull called the incident the most serious act of voter intimidation he had witnessed in his career.
“Think about that,” Holder said. “When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, and to compare what people were subjected to there to what happened in Philadelphia—which was inappropriate, certainly that…to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all, for my people,” said Holder, who is black.
By now, the default judgment about Eric Holder’s Justice Department is that it discriminates intentionally on the basis of race. By the precise definition used in the American Heritage dictionary, the department is racist.
The Justice Department hasn’t seriously contested the accusation of racialism. Whistleblowing attorney J. Christian Adams has made credible charges, backed by at least five former colleagues, that the department’s Civil Rights Division has adopted a policy of refusing to enforce civil rights laws on behalf of whites victimized by minority perpetrators. Mr. Adams cited an incident from November in which Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandes openly stated it was departmental policy not to enforce parts of the federal motor-voter law that involve cleaning up dead and ineligible voters from poll registries. Another former department attorney, Nicole S. Marrone, has written that Ms. Fernandes previously discussed that law in explicitly racial terms.
To such a specific allegation of lawlessness, the Justice Department’s response has been dead silence. No specific denial of the accusation. No statement that the department would not tolerate such lawlessness. No investigation. And when The Washington Times asked directly on Monday about the Fernandes statement, Justice spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler responded with boilerplate that neither affirmed nor denied the statement.
For what it’s worth, last month a federal court found that political appointees of Obama did indeed interfere in the Justice Department’s investigation of the New Black Panther voter intimidation case.
The New Black Panthers continue to incite violence and racial hatred in the country without fear of crackdown from law enforcement. They believe, apparently with good cause, that they can say and do whatever they want…so long as the current leadership exists at the DOJ.