New Black Panther Party Offers Sad Comedy in the Face of Real Tragedy

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The so-called "New Black Panther Party" in Dallas, now trying to exploit the James Harper shooting in Dixon Circle, always leaves me with the same dilemma. Don't know whether to laugh or cry.

I felt like this when they were doing their half-assed ineffectual protest last winter at a South Dallas Shamrock gas station in an attempt to mafia the Asian owner into selling his business.

The price at which they thought the owner should sell? Zero, apparently, because that's how much money they brought. Maybe the money slipped their minds in all the excitement.

So yesterday they show up in full costume at police headquarters to protest against police for shooting a fleeing suspect in the back, after a medical examiner's report comes out showing that the suspect, who ran from a dope house and beat on the cop who shot him with his fists, was shot in the front.

Not the back. The front. Here, do an experiment. Look down. You see your front, right? Now put your hand behind you and grab your ass. That's your back, right? It's not a complicated concept.

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You have to coordinate more than just your uniforms to have a political movement.
These guys are in Black Panther movie costumes. They've all got X for a last name. They have ranks like "Captain" somebody. Captain? Really? Can I meet the colonel? In fact, more to the point, where are your privates? Well, no. Don't show me.

Scott Goldstein on The Dallas Morning News crime blog said yesterday the "New Black Panthers" had vowed earlier in a press release they were going to present Dallas Police Chief David Brown with a list of grievances, like Martin Luther's list of theses nailed to the chapel door in Wittenburg. But unlike Luther, according to Goldstein, the "New Black Panthers" forgot their list.

Maybe they tried to do a list but they got tired.

"OK, what's first on the list? Who has an idea for the first thing on the list? Anybody? Nobody? OK, people, let's just go do this thing."

What thing? The get-on-TV-in-your-movie-costumes thing. Everything these guys do is like Halloween for the civil rights movement.

My own pet theory is that groups like this come about because we have so stupidly mis-taught the history of the civil rights movement. How many times have you heard the story -- an absolutely untrue concoction by high school text book fabulists -- about poor old bone-tired Rosa Parks, that sad and weary black lady who just couldn't get up out of her bus seat one more time in Montgomery in 1955, and so she didn't, and so the civil rights movement happened.

What utter crap. Rosa Parks was a life-long agitator and warrior for integration, trained by radicals at the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee, chosen for her role in the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott over a teenage girl who was arrested for the same thing before the staged Parks incident ever took place. The organizers chose Parks instead after they found out the teenager was pregnant -- not the image they wanted to convey.

They chose Parks and told her not to get out of her seat, to go get herself arrested, because she was steely, trained, loyal and unblemished -- a perfect case. The bus boycott that ensued was a masterpiece of intricate organization involving the creation of an entire parallel public transit system using automobiles of volunteers, black and white, who sympathized with the movement.

Social change, in other words, is hard work. You have to choose your battles. You choose your cases. If you want to protest against the cops for shooting people in the back, you can't grab a case in which they shot the guy in the front.

Once more with feeling: front, back, front, back. Key concept.

The other thing is this. The shooting incident in South Dallas last week has been the occasion for some powerful expression by influential black leaders like Dwaine Caraway
and the Reverend Gerald Britt, both of whom have said, yes, we do need to look at what happened here and we do need to think about the underlying problems of extreme poverty, extreme lawlessness and the ultimate form of segregation -- total alienation from mainstream society. So it's not like the so-called "New Black Panthers" are stepping into a void, speaking out where others feared to tread.

They're stepping onto television, doing what they always do, playing make-believe civil rights in their costumes with their X's and their captains, all so they can see themselves on the news later and feel like stars. And like I say, sometimes the temptation to laugh is almost irresistible.

One thing stops me. Dixon Circle. Nobody laughs at Dixon Circle.


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whatthehayyy
whatthehayyy

Now the Dallas New Black Panthers was the at POLICE LOCATION for the police Brutality. They are only standing for what is RIGHT the point is a son. a dad, a brother was KILLED  the officer didn't call for back up he shot an unarmed man is the point ......

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

jim, you make a prig of an argument.  The Black movement wasn't monolithic.  There were a variety of voices and positions.  Your story of Rosa Parks is instructive and worthy of repetition, though the Black Panthers of the day, the Simbian Army, or whatever of Patty Hurst fame were not as effective, but I think they were essential.  They made MLK and the more moderates seem like N's Whitey would rather deal with. 

txpowell
txpowell

NNPP can kiss my ass.  The racist losers wanna cry me a river over a freaking crack head?  STFU and move along.  You are not needed in Dallas.  This is not a case for you to exploit live Trayvon Martin.   And losers who cry about the Tea Party members being dangerous need to step away from the crack pipe, themselves.  The TEA party is more noble than the NBPP pissants could ever be.  No TEA party member ever threatened to kill people of another color. No TEA party member ever trashed the national mall.  No TEA party member ever practiced voter intimidation. No TEA party member ever cried racism for every shitn little thing that was indignantly "offensive, even with the bile and vile wors thrown at them.  No TEA party member ever defecated on police vehicles. No TEA party member ever did anything other than lobby for smaller government, less taxes, and going back to strict Constitutionalism and moving away from the plantation of progressivism, socialism, and communism that the left, the liberals, the progressives, this president, this AG and his administration seem to favor.  

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The Tea Party extremists are far more dangerous to this nation than a handful of Black Panthers.

trudat
trudat

...I know that you know that they and the people who care about them are absolutely thunderstruck by your observations and opinions...

Juxtapose1
Juxtapose1

The demands were to be given to the Police Chief directly, as far as I know. Since there was no meeting, no demands were presented.  They did not forget the demands.  Get it straight. 

 

The list of demands, which include specific policy changes, will be presented at the action, and will be discussed at the meeting that day.

 

Local and National Demands:

1. End Shoot to Kill Police Training; Replace with Less Violent Alternative

2. Prosecute Police and Civil Servants without immunity; Equality Under “Law”

3. Mandatory Officer Drug and Alcohol Screening immediately after a police involved shooting incident

4. Demilitarize the Police: End or delay recruitment of military combat veterans into the civilian police force; These are trained killers, and need time to undo government programming

5. End the cruel and unusual punishment of all inmates, political prisoners, and activists.

6. Reparations for all families of police terrorism, brutality, and wrongful fatalities.

 

WatchingSouthDetroit
WatchingSouthDetroit

It says a lot about the new black panthers and the people of south Dallas that they would picket DPD headquarters.  They are defending the death of a drug dealer that was in a drug house that had a long criminal record.  When they picketed the Korean owned grocery, they were protesting the death of a thief who grabbed the store's entire cash register and was running away with it.  In other words, the new black panthers protested the death of criminals.

 

Why don't they picket the drug house or the other drug houses in south Dallas?  The people in the neighborhood know where they are.  Instead of protesting the korean business owner - one of few who will even invest in a south Dallas business - why don't the new black panthers protest the drug supermarket that was (or is) a few blocks away from the store?

 

These people and others like them who go around saying "don't snitch" (don't tell the police) about crime or criminals are just showing why no honest businesses will ever invest in south Dallas.  They defend crime and criminals while protesting those who enforce the law or defend themselves against crime.  In south Dallas, stealing and corruption (see Eddie Bernice Johnson, John Wiley Price, etc.), seem to be accepted and defended.  What honest businesses would want such low class thuggish people like these as customers - or even worse, as employees?

1morereason2carry
1morereason2carry

"I felt like this when they were doing their half-assed ineffectual protest last winter at aSouth Dallas Shamrock gas station in an attempt to mafia the Asian owner into selling his business."

 

That same Asian owner your paper had no problem calling a racist only on the claims of racists themselves?

WatchinSouthDetroit
WatchinSouthDetroit

 @whatthehayyy How about these people going to a drug house and picket against the sale and use of illegal drugs?  What is "right" is for them is to stop what is damaging to the community.  Why don't people address the root cause of all this?

Daniel
Daniel

You're aware that the New Black Panthers have something like four dozen members, right? They're nothing but a free gift to conservative news outlets everywhere: The black bogeyman is coming!

 

For a more apt conservative analogy with regard to political pull, they rank well below the Minutemen but slightly above the Westboro Baptist Church*. Be very afraid!______________________________

* Okay, it might not be fair to call them "conservative" per se.

trudat
trudat

 @txpowell

 my oh my...touchy about the Tbaggers, aren't we....wish I had time to lead a donkey in the desert to some water....but I know I shouldn't bother, 'cause the donkey  would probably think the water was "kool aid"....and refuse to drink...

morrainepeak
morrainepeak

Myrna, why don't you take your fat pussy and go back where you feel more at home...(the Psychiatric Ward @ Bellvue)  (P.S. take Gail Collins and Maureen Dowd(y) with you).

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

As expected - when you gonna get a different boogeyman

cheeseburger
cheeseburger

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz I know what you mean.  All those Tea Partiers advocating for smaller government and lower taxes will be the end of us all.  Your posts are so stupid, I think you are really a conservative playing a caricature of a liberal.

txpowell
txpowell

 @Juxtapose1

 When this happens, we will be leaving Dallas as it will become the filthy shithole that Chicago is now.  No law, no fidelity to the law, no teeth in the laws, no enforcement and no negotiating with lawless people....that is what you are advocating. 

WatchingSouthDetroit
WatchingSouthDetroit

How about picketing the drug houses and just demand they stop selling and doing illegal drugs?  How about stop defending stealing and commiting crimes?   That would help the local community and stop victimizing innocent people. 

RTGolden
RTGolden

 @1morereason2carry Did you read the story or just the url?  The paper/reporter never once calls anyone racist.  The word racist is only used once in the entire article, in a quote attributed to Pastor Wright.  Even Wright qualifies the term with 'accused'.

 

I think the url was written in order to generate seach engine hits and pique interest.  I'm not saying the paper would have a problem calling the owner a racist, just saying your 'proof' is severely lacking in the proof dept.

Americano
Americano

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Keep posting, please!  You are God's gift to the Right.  Hell, you make people in the Center want to move to the Right!

 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @rufuslevin speaking of poorly educated, check out Atlas Shrugged.  That insecure, vindictive hypocrite chose the industry that received more gov't largess than any other; such that John Galt is the biggest recipient of gov't gifts in all the annals of literature.  I know that's not the fantasy land presented in Atlas Shrugged, but that IS the historical reality.   It's also a reality that she lived on the gov't dole, and surrounded herself with sycophants.

Daniel
Daniel

Read: advocating for ideological extremism and congressional gridlock.

trudat
trudat

 @keeponcarryinon

 ...if no one cared, they would not exist because no one would join them...furthermore, we wouldn't be chit chattin about em'...cause we wouldn't care, right?...

keeponcarryinon
keeponcarryinon

 @RTGolden  @1morereason2carry Did you cover yourself up in KY to try and slither out of that one? Perhaps you would like to claim that the article was not entirely biased against the owner of the store too?

 

Please tell me who was being referred to in the URL? A rhetorical racist? No. It was clearly directed at the owner of the store and based on the claims of the protesters. 

 

Now the Observer is trying to save face by pretending it didn't suck off the black extremists when this first started.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @morrainepeak Have you ACTUALLY seen Minkoff's Fat Pussy, or are you merely commenting on the avatar?

 

Daniel
Daniel

No one does join them. For reasons unknown,  the media chooses to give them the attention they crave. See also: Westboro Baptist Church.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @keeponcarryinon read it idiot.  also, there were many stories written, and all but that one, as I recall defended the store owner.  This is an account of the protesters, but never advocates for them.  I know Fox regularly covers stories in a similar way, but they have an agenda in their coverage.  The tone of the article you cited or any others was far from what you imagine.

keeponcarryinon
keeponcarryinon

I can't hear you Jimmy.. are you still working on your pommel horse semantics routine to try and wriggle out of that one?

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