Amid outrage over the Confederate flag, Gone with the Wind — and now, incredibly, even the American flag — there is relative silence over what may be one of the most hateful acts we’ve seen since the massacre of nine last week in Charleston.
In an angry call to arms just a block away from the site of the Charleston massacre, former New Black Panther Party chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz told a group of about 200 African American Charlestonians that they need to “finish the mission” of killing “slave masters” and their families.
He made the incendiary comments at the Save the Black Church rally held Tuesday night in Marian Square, close to the Mother Emanuel AME Church, where white racist Dylann Roof allegedly murdered nine black churchgoers.Shabazz, who played a prominent role in the Baltimore and Ferguson uprisings, heads a group called Black Lawyers for Justice and boasts a long association with the controversial New Black Panther Party. Shabazz’s comments began with the story of Denmark Vesey, who planned an unsuccessful slave revolt and helped found the Mother Emanuel Church.
Vesey, as USA Today explained, was behind a planned 1822 revolt intended to organize slaves to kill “seize Charleston’s arsenals and guard houses, kill the Governor, set fire to the city, and kill every white man they saw,” according to PBS. However, the rebellion was quashed after some nervous slaves leaked the information to owners. Vesey was arrested — and ultimately hanged.
In his speech, Malik Zulu Shabazz told the story of Vesey to the crowd and discussed Vesey’s scheme. “Denmark Vesey had a plan to kill all the slave masters in the state,” Shabazz proclaimed. “Denmark Vesey had a plan to kill every last one of them and kill all of their goddamn families.”
Later in the speech, Shabazz appeared to urge the crowd to finish the “mission” he had referred to earlier: killing white people in an uprising. “We got to complete what Denmark didn’t finish,” he insisted. “Denmark didn’t finish his mission.”
Shabazz rallies for “black power by any means.” By any means?
He even goes further to rebuke those who seek to promote healing and unity — rather than nurture hate and division:
Referring to the statements of Christian forgiveness made by many black leaders from Charleston, Shabazz delivered a stinging rebuke. “That which we saw in that church does not represent the spirit of Denmark Vesey,” he maintained. “They have betrayed Denmark Vesey.”
In a climate overwhelmed by outrage, where is the outrage over this — such overt racism, such a hateful call-to-arms? Imagine the fury — and, rightfully so — were the same rally held by whites?
In fact, very little has even been reported on this — which I guess shouldn’t be too surprising, as it runs counter to the progressive narrative currently ablaze in this country. It’s just further evidence of our media’s — and, sadly, many of our leaders’ — apparent thrill at seizing white-on-black violence and racism, while they bury examples of black-on-white, and even black-on-black.
But the next time a white is gunned down by a black person, will Shabazz be blamed for directly inciting such a heinous act? Unlikely. Meanwhile, we’ll continue blaming last week’s horrific act of a deeply disturbed man on everything from the Confederate flag to Fox News.