'New' Black Panther Party's Bounty on George Zimmerman Is a Step in Wrong Direction (VIDEO)

black panther party In the 1960s and '70s, the black power movement made a huge impression on the civil rights movement under the Black Panther Party, remembered to this day. But the "New" Black Panther Party that has been especially vocal since the tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin ... totally different story. They're currently offering a $10K bounty to anyone who makes a citizen's arrest of George Zimmerman. And their so-called "vigilante justice" has been marked by death threats for Zimmerman.

While there must be a call for justice in this case, the New Black Panther Party's idea of how to solve the problem sounds more like an attempt to throw fuel on an already troublesome fire.


In fact, BlackPanther.org -- founded in the memory of the leaders of the original movement -- has posted on their site that "there is no New Black Panther Party." They say those calling for Zimmerman's arrest are exploiting the Black Panther name and heritage and saying they are "trying to incite hatred rather than resolve it." Sounds about right.

It's actually more than a bit unsettling to read the track record of the group, which was founded in 1989. The Southern Poverty Law Center, a high-profile nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, called the "New Black Panthers" "virulently racist," and noted that they advocate violence against whites, Jews, and law enforcement. Eeek! Doesn't sound like a group that should be commanding any positive attention.

As heated a debate as the tragedy has ignited, and as emotional as people have become over the fate of George Zimmerman, what this New Black Panther Party is calling for goes way too far. "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" is never a solution. It's not what Trayvon's parents want. It would only do one thing: Lay the groundwork for even more hate and sadness.

Here's a video with more details on the story ...


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