What could go wrong? Well, plenty, which prompted Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher to ask New Black Panther Party Chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz whether he would instruct his followers to “act within the law.” Shabazz declines to answer, instead repeating that Glenn Beck, who is headlining an event from the Lincoln Memorial on August 28th (which Beck says is not a Tea Party event), is a “sneaky little devil” who shouldn’t be allowed to speak in public. Tommy offers this clip from his upcoming exclusive interview with Shabazz:
Tommy Christopher: What do you think about the rally that Glenn Beck plans to have on August 28, the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream speech,” at the Lincoln Memorial?…Are you aware of it?
Malik Zulu Shabazz: I am aware of it, and that Glenn Beck should not be allowed to have this rally. Glenn Beck is a sneaky little devil, and he does sneaky things, and tries to portray that he’s really not the neo-racist that he really is. And for him to go and to secure the Lincoln Memorial on Dr. King’s birthday will meet not only opposition from civil rights leaders, but it’s going to meet direct opposition from the New Black Panther Party.
Since the Tea Party loves Glenn Beck and will be there, the New Black Panther Party can easily find the Tea Party, right with Glenn Beck. He can bring his Tea Party, and we’ll bring our party, and we’ll see Glenn Beck. Since he wants to go on Fox News, but he doesn’t want to invite us on Fox News, he’s had me on before, I guess he’s got the orders from the top, at Fox, not to have me on…
Tommy Christopher: Beck had you on before, but not anymore?
Malik Zulu Shabazz: Beck has had me on before, I’ve been on Sean Hannity about 20 times, he’s under orders not to have me on, Bill O’Reilly’s under orders not to have me on. This is all a conspiracy. Iwould say a Zionist conspiracy, but you would say “He’s too conspiratorial.”
But it’s some kind of conspiracy going on, to keep the truth out, and to keep us off the airwaves, to keep talking about us, but not talk to us. So we’ll see Glenn Beck live in person. I don’t think his rally should be allowed to happen.
Tommy Christopher: Once again, any members that show up, you would advise them to act within the law…
Malik Zulu Shabazz: I’m going to be there. I want to see him myself. Sneaky little devil.
I’d say that the confrontation will be interesting … and almost entirely one-sided. Beck will probably draw hundreds of thousands of Tea Party supporters to the Mall for his speech, regardless of whether he calls it a Tea Party or not, while Shabazz might draw dozens of his followers. The NBPP chair may wind up outperforming Beck in terms of percentage of overall followers, but that will be the only way Shabazz will outperform Beck.
Shabazz’ contention that Beck shouldn’t be allowed to speak at the Mall on any day certainly gives a revealing look into the oppressive Utopia envisioned by the NBPP, but it’s hard to take seriously someone who has appeared 20 times on Hannity’s TV show that Fox News has a “conspiracy” to keep him off the air — and to hint that it’s a Zionist conspiracy is even more hilarious. To the extent they’re aware of Shabazz at all, it’s probably just to recognize that he’s too ridiculous to put on the air.
Update: In another clip, Tommy asks Shabazz about the remarks from King Shamir in Philadelphia about killing “cracker babies”. Shabazz seems less concerned with the idea of killing babies than with the fact that the NBPP activist was on the street yelling about it.