I’m not sure that this is what the Obama campaign really needs, right now.
The racist NBPP is led by notorious extremist, Malik Zulu Shabazz, and is a registered team member and blogger on Obama’s campaign website.
Here are some excerpts from Discover The Networks on Shabazz:
At a reparations rally in 2002, Shabazz blustered, “The President wants to talk about a terrorist named bin Laden. … The real terrorists have always been the United Snakes of America.” He has also intimated that Jewish conspirators possessed exclusive foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks and saved their own lives that day by not going to their jobs in the World Trade Center.
Shabazz regularly trumpets his outrage over the alleged epidemic of white-on-black violence. “If any racist, straw-chewin’ tobacco-chewin’ racist redneck lays their hand on any black man or woman in this county,” he said at an April 2001 news conference in Bowie, Maryland, “crush that devil that is trying to do you harm and to do you evil in the name of God and in accordance with your legal rights.”
He believes that all black prisoners in the United States should be set free, on grounds that they could not possibly have been tried fairly in a racist nation. In 2002 Shabazz expressed his solidarity with then-murder suspect Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, who was ultimately convicted of killing a black sheriff’s deputy in Georgia. Shabazz is also a devoted supporter of convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal. In 2003 Shabazz created Black Lawyers for Justice (BLFJ), an organization promoting the notion that black inmates have been unjustly railroaded into their prison cells.
Shabazz reserves perhaps his largest measure of contempt for Jews. “I say to all Jewish people and all white people,” he told a Howard University audience in April 1994 … stop pushing your Holocaust down my throat, when the black holocaust is the worst holocaust humanity has ever seen.” Five months later at the same school, he warned, “We will never bow down to the white, Jewish, Zionist onslaught.”
Aaron Klein interviewed Shabazz for WND:
“I think the way Obama responded to the attack on him and the attempt to sabotage his campaign shows true leadership and character. He had a chance to denounce his pastor and he didn’t fall for the bait. He stood up and addressed real issues of racial discord,” stated Shabazz
“I have nothing but respect for Obama and for his pastor,” said Shabazz, referring to Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor of nearly 20 years.
Shabazz referred to Obama as a man with a “Muslim background, a man of color.”
Keep talking, Shabazz. The whole country needs to hear this.
More on Shabazz’s bio, according to Klein:
Shabazz has led racially divisive protests and conferences, such the 1998 Million Youth March in which a few thousand Harlem youths reportedly were called upon to scuffle with police officers and speakers reportedly demanded the extermination of whites in South Africa.
The NBPP chairman was quoted at a May, 2007, protest against the 400-year celebration of the settlement of Jamestown, Va., stating, “When the white man came here, you should have left him to die.”
I hope Obama isn’t counting on the Jewish vote….’cause I’m thinking that’s not gonna happen for him at this point.
Fox News has picked up this story:
“The page in question has been removed from our campaign Web site,” Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor told FOXNews.com after inquiries about the endorsement. “It’s our policy with any content generated by a group that advocates violence.”
Can just any yahoo off the street become a blogger for Obama? Isn’t there any screening involved?
Obama ’08 Response To Fox News “Story”:
You see, more than 700,000 people have created accounts on the system. You can create one right now if you choose, in about a minute — anyone can.
Now, from time to time people get up to no good — creating fake profiles (like one for Sean Hannity created today), or posting profane or inappropriate content. When they do, the community reports the offending content and if it violates our terms of service it is removed (as the Sean Hannity profile was).
My.BarackObama.com has been at the core of our bottom-up organizing strategy. The tools available have been put to work by a community of supporters that is bigger and more powerful than anything presidential politics has ever seen.
Yada yada yada…with all due respect…it’s time to rethink this strategy, the potential for embarrassing episodes like this one is just too great.
Obama ’08 blogger, Sam Graham-Felsen, in his scathing Response to Fox News “Story” (note the sneer quotes on “story”) suggests that the New Black Panther site was bogus.
Yet in the WND story I linked to yesterday, Aaron Klein interviewed NBPP national chairman, Malik Zulu Shabazz, who confirmed his organization’s endorsement of Obama.
The NBPP endorses Obama on its own page of the presidential candidate’s official site that allows registered users to post their own blogs.
The group labels itself on Obama’s site as representing “Freedom, Justice, and Peace for all of Mankind.” It links to the official NBPP website, which contains what can be arguably regarded as hate material.
The NBPP racked up 396 Obama campaign points, which purportedly are points given to users who raise funds, sign up other supporters or score high user ratings.
This is a “story”, all right.
Aaron Klein of World Net Daily weighs in on the “scrubbing”.
UPDATE (March 20):
Here’s a You Tube video of Shabazz and Hashim Nzinga appearing on various Fox News programs. Talk about black hate and rage: