The New Black Panther Party is offering a bounty for the “capture” of George Zimmerman, the man who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida last month. The bounty was orignally reported at $10,000.
But Mikhail Muhammad, the southern regional leader of the Panthers, upped the ante to an anticipated $1 million, which he says “will come from the black community [including] athletes and entertainers.”
[Video of Muhammad here.]
More of Muhammad’s incendiary remarks:
“We’re going to force our government to do their job properly. And if they don’t, we will.”
“White America, we have given you 400 years to get it right, and you still have failed black people…we must declare to white America, time is up for you. No longer can you kill black children and get away with it…”
While there may indeed be legitimate complaints against the Sanford, FL police department’s history when it comes to prosecutions (or the lack thereof) of violent crime against blacks. Nevertheless, Muhammad’s words sound more like murder for hire than trying to “capture” someone, not that the Panthers have any place telling people to go capture anybody.
Someone should make clear to Mr. Muhammad that he will likely go to prison if someone acts on his exhortation, whether or not the Panthers actually pays the bounty, and that the penalty for hiring a hit man can be death.
On the other hand, Muhammad may not feel any fear of prosecution. And, frighteningly, he might be right, given that we have a federal Department of Justice which turns a blind eye to criminal acts by this particular group because the Attorney General believes, as Christian Adams has explained, that “there’s a common cause that bonds the black United States attorney with the black criminal…”