November 5th, 2012
(Philly) – THEY MAY BE back in black for Tuesday’s election – the uber-controversial New Black Panther Party. But now with 100 percent less nightstick.
You’ll recall, especially if you’ve ever listened to conservative talk radio, that it was right here that the Election Day 2008 appearance of two local leaders of the smallish black-power posse outside a polling station at 12th and Fairmount in North Philadelphia – one brandishing a large nightstick – became a national controversy.
Critics said it was an open-and-shut case of voter intimidation and that the U.S. Justice Department, whose probe began in the Bush administration and ended during President Obama’s term, let the New Black Panthers duo off too easy.
But the national leader of the group, Malik Zulu Shabazz, told a radio interviewer in September that the New Black Panthers – labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and others for its anti-white and anti-Semitic rhetoric – might be out monitoring some polling places again in 2012.