Sen. Barack Obama addresses controversy over his pastor in Philadelphia speech yesterday
The removal by the Barack Obama campaign from its official website of an endorsement from the black supremacist New Black Panther Party, or NBPP, was decided upon for “understandable political reasons,” according to the party’s national chairman.
“It’s the game of politics,” the NBPP’s Malik Zulu Shabazz told WND. “The Obama camp’s move to remove our blog doesn’t mean much because I understand politics. We still completely support Obama as the best candidate.”
Shabbaz, who has given scores of speeches condemning “white men” and Jews, said today Obama “is the best guy to bring the kinds of racial changes supported by our community at the New Black Panthers.”
The NBPP, which inherited its name from the Black Panther Party of the 1960s, is a controversial black extremist party whose leaders are notorious for their racist statements and anti-white activism. The organization’s own website also was taken down today too.
WND broke the story yesterday about the the NBPP endorsing the presidential candidate on the Obama website.
“Obama will stir the ‘Melting Pot’ into a better ‘Molten America,'” stated the endorsement from the New Black Panther Party, a registered team member and blogger on Obama’s “MyObama” campaign website.
But following publicity about the web posting, Obama’s campaign removed the NBPP page.
“It’s our policy with any content generated by a group that advocates violence,” explained Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor to FoxNews.com.
Before the campaign removed the party’s page, Obama spokeswoman Tiffany Edwards told FoxNews.com that section of the website “has nothing to do with us.”
“People can form their own groups,” she said. “It’s not something that the campaign – it’s not something that we’ve done.”
The latest controversy came at a time Obama sought to distance himself from anti-American and anti-Israel remarks made by his pastor of some twenty years, Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.
In an interview, Shabazz complimented Obama’s handling of the Wright issue that prompted a major speech yesterday.
“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.
Shabazz boasted he met Obama last March when the politician attended the 42nd anniversary of the voting rights marches in Selma, Ala.
“I have nothing but respect for Obama and for his pastor,” said Shabazz.
Speaking to WND, Shabazz referred to Obama as a man with a “Muslim background, a man of color.”
The NBPP’s official platform states “white man has kept us deaf, dumb and blind,” refers to the “white racist government of America,” demands black people be exempt from military service and uses the word “Jew” repeatedly in quotation marks.
Shabazz has led racially divisive protests and conferences, such as the 1998 Million Youth March in which a few thousand Harlem youths reportedly were called upon to scuffle with police officers and speakers 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.”
He claimed Jews engaged in an “African holocaust,” and he has promoted the anti-Semitic urban legend that 4,000 Israelis fled the World Trade Center just prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
When Shabazz was denied entry to Canada last May while trying to speak at a black action event, he blamed Jewish groups and claimed Canada “is run from Israel.”
Canadian officials justified the action stating he has an “anti-Semitic” and “anti-police” record, but some reports blamed what was termed a minor criminal history for the decision to deny him entry.
He similarly blamed Jews for then-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s initial decision, later rescinded, against granting a permit for the Million Youth March.
The NBPP’s deceased chairman, Khallid Abdul Muhammad, a former Nation of Islam leader who was once considered Louis Farrakhan’s most trusted adviser, gave speeches referring to the “white man” as the “devil” and claiming that “there is a little bit of Hitler in all white people.”
In a 1993 speech condemned by the U.S. Congress and Senate, Muhammad, lionized on the NBPP site, referred to Jews as “bloodsuckers,” labeled the pope a “no-good cracker” and advocated the murder of white South Africans who would not leave the nation subsequent to a 24-hour warning.
All NBPP members must memorize the group’s rules, such as that no party member “can have a weapon in his possession while drunk or loaded off narcotics or weed,” and no member “will commit any crimes against other party members or black people at all.”
The group labeled itself on Obama’s site as representing “Freedom, Justice, and Peace for all of Mankind.” It linked 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.
Obama ‘less biased’ on Israel
Shabazz told WND that aside from promoting black rights, he also supports Obama because he may take what he called a “less biased” policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“I have hopes he will change the U.S. government’s position toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict because our position has been unwarranted bias. Time and time again the U.S. vetoed resolutions in the U.N. Security Council condemning [Israeli] human rights violation. … I hope he shifts policy,” Shabazz said.
But he added he doesn’t believe Obama could change America’s policy regarding Israel very much since, he said, “other, powerful lobbies” control U.S. foreign policy.
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