Americans must ask themselves whether Eric Holder and black leaders indeed fear the New Black Panther Party, as they all refuse to condemn their rhetoric and tactics in the last few weeks.
The Trayvon Martin Case is the latest in a long list of incidents into which the New Black Panther Party has injected itself, but nothing has measured up to its latest tactics, which include placing a bounty on George Zimmerman’s head with the qualifier "dead or alive."
It would seem to the most independent of observers that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, in his refusal to condemn this murder-for-hire scandal, approves the placement of bounties by private citizens on other private citizens. One would not have to wonder, if this had been a group of Americans connected with the Tea Party Movement offering up a bounty on a private citizen, what the reaction of the Justice Department would be.
From the very start of the Obama Administration, it has seemed that Mr. Holder believes in giving a great deal of latitude to the New Black Panther Party, as his department refused to entertain the very thought of prosecuting two members of the Party on charges of voter intimidation after they were video-taped by independent observers standing outside a Philadelphia polling place with billy clubs in hand. One would not need to wonder what Mr. Holder's actions would be if a black voter called the Department of Justice and reported an empty police car sitting alongside the road leading to a polling place in Florida; there would be calls for him to launch investigations into voter intimidation from political and media figures.
I also notice that none of the self-appointed black leaders such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton publicly condemned the hate-filled rhetoric and murder-for-hire tactics of the New Black Panther Party, yet they boasted in the past that they were the Keepers of the Legacy of Martin Luther King -- who actively preached against the very violence that the New Black Panther Party called for in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, and the investigation that lead to the arrest of George Zimmerman. Al Sharpton even threatened a possible increase in civil disobedience if Mr. Zimmerman was not arrested before the Special Prosecutor had a chance to investigation the case and file charges against him. It would seem that President Obama’s calls for civility in the wake of the Gabby Gifford shooting are lost on his number one ally in the black community in this case.
Americans of all creeds should be concerned about the rhetoric and tactics coming from fringe groups like the New Black Panther Party, who claim it’s their main objective to use whatever means necessary in their tragic trial to foster racial discord. The question that most Americans need to be asking is, “Does the Attorney General of our nation fear the New Black Panther Party, or does his silence, along withthat of self-appointed black leaders, indicate they approve of the group's rhetoric and tactics?”