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.
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