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New Black Panther Leader: A Black Man Can't Be a Racist

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This past Sunday, The Washington Post's ombudsman lamented the fact that the paper had been "virtually silent" regarding the New Black Panther story. It occurs to me that I have also failed to cover the story.

As you may know, in November 2008, New Black Panther Party members were accused of intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place.

The case has recently become relevant again because of the Justice Department's decision not to pursue criminal charges against the group. Regardless, this story has sparked a heated debate between the left and the right, and the story continues to ignite passions as both sides make their arguments on cable TV.

The latest controversy occurred on Fox News yesterday, when Malik Shabazz, chairman of the New Black Panther Party, made this statement:
A black man really -- or a black leader -- cannot be a racist. You cannot take the slave who takes the whip from the slave master and begins beating the slave master -- you cannot call the slave a reverse racist.

White people have not experienced racism, Jim Crow, and terrorism the way my people have. I have the right to use different language.
Here's an excerpted video:


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pedluvnky

Reverse racism is still racism. I firmly believe in reparations too. The US Treasury should pay a million dollars to any black person who has proof that he was a slave. Otherwise, if blacks can demand reparations, then I want reparations from Italy and the Vatican for my British (Britannic) ancestors being enslaved by the Romans 2000 years ago. "But that was a long time ago", you say. Yea, so was over 144 years ago. It's just a matter of time!

July 20 2010 at 1:34 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
Pat

Racism is racism, regardless of the ethnicity of the hater. There isn't a black man in America today who has ever "taken a whip from a slave master." Is racism alive and well? The answer is yes, on both sides of the question. If you discriminate against someone because of his or her race, it doesn't matter what color you are; you're a racist.

July 20 2010 at 1:14 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
rphill102

I respectfully disagree. Slavery ended 145 years ago. The Civil Rights Movement ended Jim Crow laws. Anyone who defines people as "good" or "bad," worthy or unworthy of respect and decent treatment, solely on the basis of skin color is racist. People who reserve to themselves & those like them the "priviledge" to hate, the perogative of using "different language," and the justification to threaten and commit violence are no better than the Klan members who participated in lynchings. Bigotry is bigotry, regardless of the skin color of the bigot.

July 19 2010 at 7:57 PM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply
Sam I Am

That explains alot. He needs to realize that he was never a slave and that no white man alive today ever owned slaves. Hate is hate just the same as a rose is a rose. I do not wish him or any of his people any harm. All I can do is pray for him.

July 19 2010 at 4:59 PM Report abuse +30 rate up rate down Reply
djh6721

You have a better chance of being hit by lightening five times while standing in the same spot kissing a supermodel, then ever meeting any of these people. Isn't there a cat stuck in a tree somewhere that would be more relevant?

July 19 2010 at 4:31 PM Report abuse -22 rate up rate down Reply
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enrickue

How sad, rather than discredit this act of racism, you choose to make excuses. We could say that you are justifying these actions, just like we could say that those actions were racist actions supported by people like you. I have not heard or read where even one black person came out and spoke up against the actions of the New Black Panthers. Where does that leave the leaders of the black people, supporting racism?

July 19 2010 at 5:00 PM Report abuse +30 rate up rate down Reply
bobjmurphy9

how wrong were the Fourfathers about these Creachers of god

July 19 2010 at 3:50 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
Peg

This is 2010, isn't it? The ignorance tolerated from this so-called "community activist" is astounding.

July 19 2010 at 2:55 PM Report abuse +44 rate up rate down Reply
Eric

Guys, you cannot define racism by looking in the dictionary. In this conversation, it is the connotation of the word being dicussed, not the denotation. While I do not fully agree with Mr. Shabazz (certainly there can be black men who are racists), I do understand from where he is coming. African Americans have experienced a level of discrimination in this nation like no other group could understand (institutionalized chattel slavery, dehumanization, forced segregation, social pariah-ship). In many ways, Blacks have earned the right to a little racism.

July 19 2010 at 1:04 PM Report abuse -15 rate up rate down Reply
Gage

The definition of racism from dictionary.com:

"hatred or intolerance of another race or other races."

It says no where in there that only one race can be racist or that a specific race is essentially "immune" from being racist. On a side note, Jews have had it pretty bad in the past....Just some food for thought.

July 19 2010 at 12:23 PM Report abuse +63 rate up rate down Reply
jrb359

Thanks for covering this story. The same hatred. When were the black panthers slaves? Who were their slave owners? A bad time in US history, but time to move on.

July 19 2010 at 12:18 PM Report abuse +70 rate up rate down Reply

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