Racial tension in the United States has remained heightened on the heels of the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the emotionally charged and often inaccurate reporting of the still enigmatic incident by the mainstream media.
During the coverage of the Martin case, mainstream media repeatedly aired video of New Black Panther Party members, one of whom, Mikhail Muhammad, even claimed that the NBPP had placed a $10,000 bounty on Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman. When asked whether he was inciting violence, Muhammad proclaimed: “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”
The group also called for the mobilization of 10,000 black men to capture the Hispanic Zimmerman.
On Monday, the Party began what is apparently one of a series of national “days of action” that the NBPP in the United States wants to organize. Though the plan of action Monday included peaceful protests and boycotts, there have been cries for violence against nonblack Americans by the organization. NBPP leaders claim they want to completely remove capitalism because they believe it breeds racism.
The leaders say the following in a recent video call to action:
Time to get booted up and suited up for this race war we’re in, the things that are about to happen to these crackers, these honkeys. […]
We gotta go do it, we have to cross the red sea, not some sea in Middle East part of the world, we’re talking about some blood, go through some blood, some battles. There are those who wish they could stand in this hour to see the destruction of the devil’s world, not some dude under the ground with a pitchfork, I’m talking about blond haired, blue eyed sometimes brown eyed Caucasian walking around.
Listen to the full call to action below:
The party also releases a periodical with Black Panther news and updates. The Spring 2012 edition is named after a speech given by activist Malcolm X in 1964, “The Ballot or the Bullet.”
Here is an exerpt from that speech as it is printed in the issue:
You talking about civil rights, ain’t no damn civil rights. The cracka ain’t never been civil and he ain’t never been right. You talking about well, what about human rights. The cracka ain’t human and he ain’t never been right. It’s the year of The Bullet or The Bullet. You either deal or die. You either fight back or get destroyed. You either get on the right side or its genocide. It’s the year of The Bullet or The Bullet.
According to the publication, the next day of action for the NBPP is scheduled for May 19, coinciding with the birthday of Malcom X.