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New Black Panther Party National Leader Faces Weapons Charges

By Mark Potok on June 26, 2013 - 10:27 am, Posted in Anti-White, Extremist Crime

An infamous leader of the racist New Black Panther Party, known nationally for his boiling hatred of white people and apparent attempt to intimidate voters in 2008, is slated to appear in a New York City courtroom today to face charges of illegally carrying a loaded, unlicensed handgun and wearing prohibited body armor.

The Philadelphia Daily News reports that King Samir Shabazz, whose real name the newspaper said was Maruse Heath, was arrested last Thursday in Harlem, where he was reportedly helping plan a march this September to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Million Youth March. That rally, led by another white-hating black nationalist, featured exhortations to kill police and dozens of arrests.

The Daily News also quoted Shabazz speaking on a presumably recent “black-power radio show,” although it did not say when he spoke. Shabazz reportedly said that black people should form militias to kill whites, attack them with pit bulls, pour acid on them and raid nursery schools to “kill everything white in sight.” Shabazz, who is the Panther’s national field marshal, added, “I would love nothing better than to come home with a cracker’s head in my book bag,” the paper reported.

The New Black Panther Party is unrelated to the original Black Panther Party, which was militant but not racist. Officials of the original Panthers have repeatedly denounced the later organizations as a “black racist hate group,” and have even sued it for stealing its name and logo. Although courts ruled for the original party, that ruling has never been enforced and the newer group’s name remains unchanged.

Shabazz has come to national attention before, when he and another member of the Panthers showed up in 2008 wearing military style fatigues at a Philadelphia polling station. Shabazz, who was then the head of the local Panther chapter, brandished a nightstick and made threatening remarks to several voters. The Panthers suspended the chapter and criticized Shabazz, but that distancing didn’t last long.

The Justice Department under President George W. Bush opted not to pursue criminal charges in the case, instead leveling civil charges. The government won the case by default when the Panthers failed to show up in court, but the Obama administration eventually decided to drop most of the charges, arguing that it wasn’t proven that the Panthers had engaged in voter suppression. Many right-wing groups attacked Obama over the case, accusing him of protecting black racists.

Officials of the New Black Panther Party have decried Shabazz’s recent arrest and $75,000 bail, claiming that his weapon was found after an illegal stop and describing him as a political prisoner. A support rally, entitled “Stop the Attack on the Million Youth March,” is scheduled for July 1 at a restaurant in New York.

The Panthers are known for their confrontational style. In 1998, after a black man was dragged to death behind a pickup truck in Jasper, Texas, a group of armed party members confronted Klan protesters in that East Texas town, and violence very nearly erupted. Similarly, in March of last year, a local Florida leader of the group made headlines after put a $10,000 “bounty” on the head of a neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.

The group is also known for its incendiary racism and anti-Semitism. Shabazz, for instance, said in a 2009 National Geographic documentary, “I hate white people. … We keep begging white people for freedom! No wonder we not free! Your enemy cannot make you free, fool! You want freedom? You going to have to kill some crackers! You going to have to kill some of their babies.”

According to the Daily News, Shabazz faces a mandatory minimum of 3½ years and up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the recent weapons charges.

  • Chris P.

    Oh yea! But then again there will be another parasite taking his place, racism will never stop .

  • OJ Simpson

    Te Aryan Brotherhood will be welcoming him when he gets to prison …

  • John

    concerned citizen, you must’ve read the wrong article…this is about black supremacists, not white ones

  • Kiwiwriter

    He’ll get his, and John, you certainly lived up to Reynardine’s prediction of a cretin turning up.

  • concernedcitizen

    This is why hate is so horrible in any form, truly there are some very nasty monstrous white supremacists and bigots out there in the world and they give the White Race a bad name and face, but intelligent people know that there are some very intelligent White people who do not subscribe to their stupidity and are friends and neighbors who do not intentionally try to harm others based on ethnicity, religion or sexual persuasion.

    So it is simply not viable to hate all white people.

    There are some very nasty bigots where we live. And I do mean nasty and ugly in the most extreme since of the word. Their existence is nothing more than a cancerous scar upon mankind.

    But I know that they are monsters among themselves and that they have no place amongst truly loving and intelligent White people. No truly loving and intelligent White person would have anything to do with them. That’s why they must hang with their hating cliques.

  • Erika

    considering that the only time these guys ever show up is when Fox News needs to bring out the “scary black man” narrative – and of course, the “its not the Republicans who are suppressing people from being able to vote, look at the scary black men and please ignore the fact that even in our scare video opening doors for old ladies to get into the polling place” narrative, i wouldn’t be surprised if they were on Roger Alies payroll.

  • M. Bright

    Maybe he’s upset, because, in about two hours, his ex girlfriend is scheduled, in Texas, for a lethal injection for robbing and murdering elderly women so she could go out and buy crack cocaine.

  • aadila

    What troubles me about the polling place incident was not the militant behavior, but that this one incident has been used repeatedly to justify the acts of racist and vigilante-style poll watchers to harass and intimidate non-white and elderly voters.

    During the last general elections when the right wing labored to influence the outcome by concocting a wave of voter supression laws, some party deans frankly acknowledged in some cases that the express purpose was to limit the numbers of Democratic voters who would be eligible to cast a ballot — almost exclusively on the basis of race and ethnicity.

    In other words, a highly-publicized yet ultimately futile demonstration of racial animus in a solitary incident is unacceptable to the right wing, but a wholesale mandate to obstruct or eliminate representation at the polls by black and Latino voters is somehow not only justifiable, but vitally necessary to the entire electoral process.

  • John

    Alright! Finally an article worth reading

  • Sam Molloy

    Many thanks for an informative and balanced report.

  • Reynardine

    Well, five minutes till some polymorphic cretin says this article proves that SPLC ignores nonwhite haters.