Ryan J. Reilly, Main Justice, January 13, 2010
New Black Panther Party president Malik Zulu Shabazz hasn’t said much publicly about the Obama Justice Department’s dismissal last May of voter intimidation charges against his black power group, a decision that sparked conservative protests.
But last week in a podcast interview, Shabazz let loose–with a racially tinged rant against the Republicans he said are trying to turn the issue into campaign ads for this fall’s midterm elections.
“These right-wing white, red-faced, red-neck Republicans are attacking the hell out of the New Black Panther Party, and we’re organizing now to fight back,” Shabazz told the podcast host, a man who calls himself “Brother Gary” and hosts a show called Conscious Chats on Blogtalk Radio.
Shabazz singled out GOP Reps. Frank Wolf (Va.) and Lamar Smith (Texas)–two critics on the House Judiciary Committee–along with “Old Uncle Tom, Michael Steele, the black Negro who heads the Republican National Committee.”
In the podcast interview, Shabazz said that Republicans are trying to make it look as if the Obama administration and Attorney General Eric Holder were favoring the New Black Panther Party.
“People know that’s crazy as hell, they don’t owe us no favors,” said Shabazz. “If the Obama people thought we were their political allies, they would run in the other direction because we don’t give them no political help.”
One of the members of the party in Philadelphia, he added, “just happened to be a little too black or too strong” and “made a mistake” by bringing a weapon to the polls.