Today, Media Matters for America has taken it upon itself to ask the question: “Who Is J. Christian Adams?” .
New Black Panthers Party fabulist J. Christian Adams is a long-time right-wing activist who began working for the U.S. Department of Justice during its notorious era of politicized hiring and now blogs for the right-wing media site Pajamas Media, often issuing false attacks on the Obama DOJ for its supposed politicization and “racial agenda.” His forthcoming book, Injustice: Exposing The Racial Agenda Of The Obama Justice Department, promises to cover similar territory.
In its attacks on Adams, Media Matters has even stooped to posting his home address and alleging that he is a Republican donor–without mentioning that he has also contributed to Democrats.
Media Matters also tries to dismiss Andrew Breitbart’s report this morning that Barack Obama spoke and marched with the New Black Panther Party while he was campaigning for president. They note that “several thousand people ‘appeared and marched’ with the New Black Panthers that day”–a point that Breitbart’s post itself made clear.
What Media Matters doesn’t want to tell you is what Adams’s book reveals: that the New Black Panthers were there to support Obama, and said so earlier that day while Obama listened and smiled; that the Panthers shadowed him, left the march with him, and raised black power salutes over his head; and that Shabazz claimed he spoke with Obama.
If there was a 4th of July event and the Ku Klux Klan were given a speaker’s slot, would any GOP candidate be stupid enough to speak there? Why, then, is it acceptable to Media Matters for Obama and other Democrats to have spoken and marched with the Panthers?
Media Matters refers to the ‘fable’ of the New Black Panther Party, but they don’t tell their readers anything at all about the New Black Panthers. In fact, they don’t seem to be critical of the New Black Panther Party in any way.
So, who is the New Black Panther Party?
I’ll do a short summary with a lot of video because, frankly, a tiny bit of research quickly brings up how awful this group is.
Let’s start with a video of Geraldo Rivera taking on New Black Panther Party leader Malik Zulu Shabazz over his statement after 9/11 that “Brother” Osama bin Laden deserved “respect” and applause:
That’s the reality of the New Black Panther Party. The fact that MMfA chooses to shield their readers from it in order to attack J. Christian Adams–who opposes this group–is repulsive. Apparently, attacking a conservative trumps telling the truth about a racist, homophonic, antisemitic hate group.
Here are some more facts about the New Black Panther Party.
The New Black Panther Party Uses the Name “New Black Panther Party” Without the Consent of the Original Black Panther Party
The original Black Panthers have strongly disassociated themselves from the “new” version.
In an article called “There Is No New Black Panther Party: An Open Letter From the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation” it says “the people in the New Black Panthers were never members of the Black Panther Party and have no legitimate claim on the Party’s name.” The article also states that the New Black Panther Party “serves to incite hatred rather than resolve it” (my emphasis).
The Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation goes on to ask questions that Media Matters fails to ask:
The question the Foundation raises, then, is who are these people laying claim to the Party’s history and name? Are they reactionary provocateurs, who would instigate activities counterproductive to the people’s interests, causing mayhem and death? Are they entertainers, who would posture themselves before the media, and, according to numerous sources, with empty guns, to spin gold for themselves? Are they, given the history of their late-leader Khalid Muhammad, a group of anti-Semites like the very Ku Klux Klan they allegedly oppose? What is their agenda?
The New Black Panther Party Gained Initial Fame After Khalid Muhammad Became President, Subsequent to Being Forced Out of the Nation of Islam for Outrageous Racist and Antisemitic Speech
Wikipedia’s entry (reliable, in this case) on Khalid Muhammad describes him as
an African American activist who came to prominence as the National Assistant to Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam (NOI). After a 1993 speech at Kean College Khalid was condemned and removed from his position in the Nation of Islam by Louis Farrakhan. He was also censured by the United States House of Representatives.
After being removed from the Nation of Islam, he served as the National Chairman of the New Black Panther Party until his death in 2001. His views were considered controversial among most Americans, but his angry condemnations of white power gained him the support of many black youth.
As reported on NorthJersey.com:
Khalid Abdul Muhammad in a speech to students at Kean College in Union, New Jersey in November of 1993 called Jews, “hook-nosed, bagel-eatin’, lox-eatin’ impostors.” He attacked Catholics: “The old no-good Pope . . . somebody need to raise that dress up and see what’s really under there.” He attacked gays: “God does not name holy books after homosexuals.” And even other blacks, including Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates: “Who let this Negro out of the gate?”
Here’s part of that speech on video:
As Head of The New Black Panther Party, Khalid Muhammad Advocated Killing White People, Including Babies, ‘Cripples’ And ‘Faggots’ to Wildly Applauding Audience
Muhammad suggested giving white people an ultimatum to leave South Africa by sundown or…
We kill the women. We kill the babies, we kill the blind. We kill the cripples. We kill them all. We kill the faggot. We kill the lesbian… When you get through killing them all, go to the goddamn graveyard and dig up the grave and kill them a-goddamn-gain because they didn’t die hard enough.
After Muhammad’s death, Malik Zulu Shabazz became President of the New Black Panther Party, and continued Muhammad’s racist, sexist, homophobic, and antisemitic extremism.
King Samir Shabazz, the New Black Panther Party Member Who Stood Outside Polling Place, Called For “Killing Crackers”
King Samir Shabazz is a minister in the New Black Panther Party, and he really hates white people.
“You want freedom? You gonna have to kill some crackers! You gonna have to kill some of their babies!”
If you watched the Geraldo video at top, you’ll see that Malik Zulu Shabazz has learned to play the game of, “If I say that something doesn’t really represent the views of the organization, I’ll sound rational and the press will leave me alone.”
However, an examination of the organization’s history reveals that King Samir is actually completely in line with the line of rhetoric originating from Khalid Muhammad.
That’s the truth about the New Black Panther Party, and the reason to be concerned that the Obama administration shut down a Department of Justice investigation into its efforts at voter intimidation.
You’ll never learn that from Media Matters for America. Ever wonder why not?