New light on the New Black Panther Party voting rights case dismissal? — UPDATED

Posted by: Phineas on October 3, 2011 at 3:19 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Andrew Breitbart at Big Government has posted some very interesting photos of then-candidate Obama’s 2007 visit to Selma, Alabama, for a civil rights march. Here’s one:

The speaker is Malik Shabazz Zulu, leader of the NBP and one of the defendants in a federal voting rights lawsuit brought by the Bush administration Department of Justice, which accused the NBP of intimidating White voters in the 2008 elections. Early in the Obama administration, this case was withdrawn by the DoJ, even though the government had won.

What’s the connection to Barack Obama, you ask? Take a look at the rest of the photos; they show the then-junior senator from Illinois and future President of the United States speaking at the same podium and marching with Shabazz and other NBP members.

It’s almost too easy to do this, but I have to ask: What if, in 2007 or 2008, John McCain had joined in a march with David Duke? What if his running-mate, Sarah Palin, had attended a rally with Klan speakers? What if any Republican at any time shared a stage with White supremacists? The howling from the media would have been deafening and would not have ended until that person had been hounded (rightfully so) from public life.

But Barack Obama could share a podium and march side by side with the functional equivalent of Black fascists and there’s nary a peep.

On the other hand, Rick Perry’s father leased a hunting ranch at which someone years before had scrawled a racial slur –a rock which the Perrys painted over and overturned– and the Washington Post treats it as a national scandal.

Anyone who denies a liberal bias in the MSM must being doing the good drugs.

But I digress.

To get back to the Philadelphia voting rights case (background), what does it say when a candidate for president shares a stage with the head of that organization and marches with its members –implying a certain sympathy or common ground or understanding, at least– and then the Justice Department overseen by the Attorney General appointed by that same candidate-now-president dismisses a won case against that same organization and its head?

Yeah nothing to see here. Move along.

In one sense, this should neither be surprising nor outrageous; we know Obama himself comes from a hard-left background and is most probably a Socialist at heart and, just as important, spent 20 years in the pews of a church run by a racist preacher who taught Black Liberation Theology.

That he could get along with the NBP’s leadership should be predictable.

And yet, it should be profoundly disturbing that a future leader of the greatest constitutional republic in history should feel comfortable in the company of fascists and racialists. And that, once in charge, his Justice Department (irony alert) should refuse to enforce the law in a colorblind manner. And, as Breitbart asks, just who is the “Malik Shabazz” who records show visited the White House soon after the NBP case was dismissed? The White House refuses to say. Hmmm…

Maybe they were just reminiscing about the good time they had on that march in Selma.

Read the whole thing.

LINKS: See also Hot Air. At Big Journalism, Lee Stranahan asks “Who is the New Black Panther Party.”

UPDATE: Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy wrote about this today, and mentioned a stunning fact that escaped me the first time around:

This is a shocking story, and a breathtaking indictment of the mainstream media which went out of its way to avoid vetting Obama as a candidate — and to make sure anyone who tried to do due diligence got no sunshine. A candidate who chose to appeared in the company of, say, the KKK, would have provoked relentlessly hostile media coverage and, in short order, have been marginalized as disqualified to hold responsible elective office. As Andrew [Breitbart]points out, one of those present with Obama was Najee Muhammed, the Panthers’ “minister of war” who had called for Georgia police officers to be murdered.

Nice friends ya got there, Barack!

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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17 Responses to “New light on the New Black Panther Party voting rights case dismissal? — UPDATED”

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  1. TexasMom2012 says:

    Wow nothing to see here, indeed. And these are the same people who screamed bloody murder about no bid contracts for Halliburton. My husband works in the engineering and construction business at a company that competes world wide with Halliburton. His explanation about Halliburton is that there are only 2-3 companies in the entire world that could handle to scope and breath of the Iraq operation. Especially in the initial phases. There was not time for a bid because the operation had to start on a dime from scratch.

    The current administration would rather try terrorists here than voting rights violators… They are bat wing crazy.

  2. bob jones says:

    The only thing Obama, or anyone from his administration could possibly do that would be shocking anymore, is to do something decent, or fair, or honest, or helpful, or pro freedom, or pro American or just plain honorable. Now, that would be shocking.

  3. Brontefan says:

    Clearly, the current president, who recently stood up and condemned the Republican hopefuls for not condemning the booing that went on when a soldier mentioned the Gay situation in the military. Considering the fact that whenever Obama doesn’t get his way, he immediately threatens the checks of the seniors and military–I’d say he has no room to talk. But then, we’ve been experiencing a HUGE DOUBLE STANDARD and Media BIAS for ages… and they are getting away with it. What I don’t understand is how media can cover the Wall Street protest and air clips of people who cannot articulate what the basic argument. A man who would willing DIVIDE a country based on race and class warfare–is doing so for his own personal gains. Nothing noble about that! Considerin all we’ve been through concerning civil rights, it’s unwarrented and unconscionable.

  4. ST says:

    THIS story should be the national scandal, not the MSM-driven “non-scandal” story about the Perry rock!

  5. Luk says:

    “THIS story should be the national scandal, not the MSM-driven “non-scandal” story about the Perry rock!”

    Another way you could say that is:
    “I can’t believe this hasn’t gotten any attention. It should be covered in the same 24/7 mundane detail that a campaigning US Presidential candidate is, which would not allow such a blockbuster story to stay unknown for 4 years….. oh wait.”

    Yeah, that’s the thing about rallies attended by presidential candidates. Your claim to have an explosive revelation that someone was there really doesn’t fly. There’s a reason nobody cared back then. Brietbart’s schtick of fictional retelling of events doesn’t really change that.

  6. Great White Rat says:

    Shorter Luk: don’t believe your lying eyes…believe ME! Those pictures were made up! They’re fictional!!

    Oh really, Luk? Fictional? I’ve looked at the picture of Obama sharing the podium with the NBP racists. If you claim it’s fictional, go ahead and show us how it was photoshopped.

    And then you can tell us how Obama didn’t really spend 20 years listening to Rev. Wright’s vicious anti-semitism and racism, even though it’s in Obama’s own books. Go ahead and show us how someone else – George Bush, probably – stole the manuscripts and altered them just before publication, causing trouble for poor victimized Obama.

    In other words, it’s put-up-or-shut-up time for Luk.

    Until you do, I’ll believe my eyes, and given the media’s track record for trying to suppress any story that shows Obama in a less than flattering light, Phineas’ conclusion seems valid to me. A lot more valid than your claim that all the evidence is “fictional”.

  7. MDL says:

    This is not what you and Breibart et al think it is. Instead this was a celebration of the 1965 Voting Rights March in Selma, which was attended by 10,000 people – some of whom were characters you don’t like. Learn the facts. Hillary was there too. Is she a member of this New Black Panthers? No.

  8. Phineas says:

    MDL:

    Anyone who shared a stage with the NBP should be ashamed, but they were there specifically to support Obama:

    What Media Matters doesn’t want to tell you is what Adams’s book reveals: that the New Black Panthers were there to support Obama, and said so earlier that day while Obama listened and smiled; that the Panthers shadowed him, left the march with him, and raised black power salutes over his head; and that Shabazz claimed he spoke with Obama.

  9. Great White Rat says:

    So, MDL….are you trying to say Obama didn’t know the racist nature of the NBP, which makes it acceptable to share a podium with them? If he’s that clueless, it’s all the more reason he’s not qualified to be president. And apparently he didn’t understand a word that Rev. Wright said for 20 years either, huh?

    On the other hand, if you’re arguing that he DID know the NBP’s views, and it’s still OK in your view to be all nice and cozy with them, then you need to respond – and respond honestly – to Phineas’ other point: would the media give the same pass to a Republican who shared a podium and joined in a celebration with Klansmen or whte supremists?

    If you’re going to argue that the MSM would do so, then explain their treatment of Trent Lott in December 2002.

    Now off you go to Soros-land to get your talking points….

  10. tommy mc donnell says:

    nothing is a scandal unless the media says its a scandal. american tass will not scandalize this administration, american tass put this administartion in power.

  11. Carlos says:

    tommy, maybe instead of “american tass” you should refer to the A.P.: American Pravda

    “Pravda” in Russian means “truth,” and it seems to me there’s just about the same amount of truth in the LSM today as there was back in the hayday of the USSR.

  12. Luk says:

    Oh really, Luk? Fictional? I’ve looked at the picture of Obama sharing the podium with the NBP racists. If you claim it’s fictional, go ahead and show us how it was photoshopped.

    Sure! Someone has clearly edited the image to remove the Clintons also appearing at the event, the news reporters who reported on all the Democrat pres candidates attenting and people holding newspapers where this was reported without fanfare or controversy, by the amount of press that trail pres candidates around during campaigning.

    Maybe you want to grapple with just reading text before moving onto hunting compression artifacts in images. I said Brietbart’s retelling of it was fictional.

    So now it’s up to you to explain the Back to The Future scenario where this is an explosive revelation in 2011, when it wasn’t any year prior, unless Brietbart is misrepresenting something about a liberal. You know, like it’s a weekday or something.
    Go for it champ.

  13. Luk says:

    to Phineas’ other point: would the media give the same pass to a Republican who shared a podium and joined in a celebration with Klansmen or whte supremists?

    Yes. Ron Paul is a Republican candidate. He’s spent 20 years fundraising and networking with white supremacist groups. Who did you think all that stuff about the NWO and gold bullion is playing to?

  14. MDL says:

    Phineas & Great White Rat
    If the point is that the media does not mention this but they do instead mention such evidence against the GOP then you are partly right. However, only partly! Obama definitely did not get a pass with the Jeremy Wright issue. But Obama handled it well enough to clear it away – at least for voters.

    Next, who cares if the New Black Panthers were there to support Obama? Surely, every odious group known to man vote for someone – and often it is either a Democrat or a Republican. That is not the candidate’s fault.

    Next, again this was an event in Selma that dealt with an extremely important event in African American history that just happened to be attended by the New Black Panthers. It would be really beside the point [and odd] for the media to say, ‘Well, this was a celebration of a landmark event – but the more important thing is Obama shared the stage with the New Black Panthers.” Also note the NBP don’t have the same creep factor as the KKK. If they did [and perhaps they should?] then I am certain Obama and Hillary might have taken a different approach to the event. But they HAD to be there – you understand.

  15. Great White Rat says:

    From Luk:

    Someone has clearly edited the image to remove the Clintons also appearing at the event

    Oh, so you have the original picture, or at least a link to the original picture, showing Obama and the Clintons with the NBP racists? So go ahead and show us, or els quit with the bizarre conspiracy theories.

    And no, Breitbart’s telling of it wasn’t fictional. He said Obama was there. He also says the Clintons were there. But the part you choose to gloss over was the fact that the NBP were there specifically to support Obama, as the article states. If you have something to dispute that (other than your conviction that everything Obama does is pure and holy), then show it.

    So what we have is a racist hate group showing up at an event to marshall support for a candidate. That’s a non-event for you maybe, and for the media drones who invested years deifying him. And apparently it’s a non-event for Obama too, since he was happy to post their endorsement on his web site even a year later – but mysteriously removed it since then.

    So in short, you can’t prove the pictures are edited, and you don’t have a problem accepting support from hateful racists. Thanks for playing.

  16. Great White Rat says:

    Ron Paul is a Republican candidate. He’s spent 20 years fundraising and networking with white supremacist groups.

    And yet you can’t find one single link or other evidence to back that up. What a shock.

  17. Great White Rat says:

    From MDL:

    who cares if the New Black Panthers were there to support Obama…That is not the candidate’s fault.

    True enough. But it IS the candidate’s fault when he proudly posts their endorsement on his web site a year later. And it IS his fault when he later has one of the leaders of the same racist group as a guest in the White House.

    this was an event…that just happened to be attended by the New Black Panthers.

    No. Read the article. They came to honor neither the Selma march nor Dr. King. They came to show support for Obama.

    Also note the NBP don’t have the same creep factor as the KKK.

    Well, you got me there. I mean there’s nothing remotely creepy about advocating murder of police officers. Or saying that freedom will come when you “kill the crackers, and kill the white babies”. I mean, even though Tommy Christopher, no conservative by the way, finds such things “disturbing”, that’s not “creepy”, I guess.

    Look, I agree with you that Obama and the Clintons “had to be there”, as you put it. But rather than cozy up to the racists that came explicitly to support him, he should have used the occasion to reject and rebuke them. It could have have been the equivalent of Bill Clinton’s “Sister Souljah” moment. Instead, he accepted and advertised their support. Case closed.