Death threats and a $10,000 bounty offered for George Zimmerman have raised concerns about the threat of “vigilante justice” in the racially charged case. A group identifying itself as the New Black Panther Party is offering $10,000 to anyone who makes a citizen’s arrest of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin slaying. This group of hate filled racists must be stopped at all costs and our justice department should be among those leading the charge against the so called New Black Panther Party.
The Orlando Sentinel reported on the bounty and said that leaders of the group were making statements such as “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” Little is known about the group identifying itself as the New Black Panther Party. It has held several protests in and around Sanford, Fla.
Leaders of the group also told the Orlando Sentinel that the group has the backing of prominent black athletes and entertainers, and is in the process of raising $1 million for its causes, but declined to offer details about its work. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, says on its website that the New Black Panther Party was founded in 1989. The group is “virulently racist,” advocating violence against whites, Jews and law enforcement. There is no room for this kind of hate filled racism and it must end once and for all.
The group appears to have borrowed its name from the black power movement of the 1960s and ’70s, but BlackPanther.org, which is maintained by the Huey P. Newton Foundation and dedicated to fostering Newton’s memory, posted an alert on its website distancing itself from the group. “There is no New Black Panther Party,” the site says, denouncing the group as exploiting the Black Panther name and heritage and saying they are “trying to incite hatred rather than resolve it.”
I welcome and appreciate the statement from the Black Panthers, but where is our justice department?