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New photographs obtained exclusively by reveal that Barack Obama appeared and marched with members of the New Black Panther Party as he campaigned for president in Selma, Alabama in March 2007.

The photographs, captured from a Flickr photo-sharing account before it was scrubbed, are the latest evidence of the mainstream media’s failure to examine Obama’s extremist ties and radical roots.

In addition, the new images raise questions about the possible motives of the Obama administration in its infamous decision to drop the prosecution of the Panthers for voter intimidation.

The images, presented below, also renew doubts about the transparency of the White House’s guest logs–in particular, whether Panther National Chief Malik Zulu Shabazz is the same "Malik Shabazz" listed among the Obama administration’s early visitors.

Tomorrow, J. Christian Adams, the Department of Justice whistleblower in the New Black Panther Party case, will release his new book, Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department (Regnery).

The book exposes Obama administration corruption far beyond the Panther dismissal, and reveals how the institutional Left has turned the power of the DOJ into an ideological weapon.

Adams’s book also describes, in detail, the Selma march at which then-Senator Obama was joined by a group of Panthers who had come to support his candidacy.

Among those appearing with Obama was Shabazz, the Panther leader who was one of the defendants in the voter intimidation case that Attorney General Eric Holder dismissed.  Also present was the Panthers' "Minister of War," Najee Muhammed, who had called for murdering Dekalb County, Georgia, police officers with AK-47’s and then mocking their widows in this video (7:20 – 8:29).

Injustice includes a disturbing photo of Shabazz and the Panthers marching behind Obama with raised fists in the "Black Power" salute.

There are even more photographs.

I have learned that Regnery initially received approval from a person who took pictures of the events in Selma to publish these additional photographs in Injustice.

After the photographer wrote Regnery reversing his permission to include the photographs in Injustice, the images were removed from the photographer’s Flickr account. Yet we were able to capture them before they disappeared.

The photographs show Obama sharing the same podium at the event with the Panthers.

In the first image, Shabazz stands at the podium, surrounded by uniformed Panthers, including Muhammed.  In the second photograph, Obama commands the same podium.

Here are the images:


The First Amendment allows photographs of such enormous public importance to see the light of day. Cases, including one involving skimpy photographs of Miss Puerto Rico, have established that fair use and the First Amendment allow publication of these photos.

It is true that then-Senator Hillary Clinton and Al Sharpton were also in Selma at the same event.  But the Panthers explicitly came to Selma to support Obama, as Adams details in Injustice.

They spoke with Obama at the podium shown above, and departed together with Obama for the main march itself, as shown by this grainer image captured from YouTube:

Obama seems not to be reviled by the Panthers in any of the video or photographs. And Obama’s own campaign website would post an endorsement by the New Black Panther Party in March 2008. As Adams writes in Injustice:

Somehow, the fact that the future President of the United States shared a podium with leaders of the New Black Panthers, marched with them, and received a public, formal greeting from their party has vanished from the history of Obama’s campaign. Apart from [Juan] Williams’ single dispatch, no other media outlets ever reported it.

After NPR initially reported that the Panthers were present at the event with Obama, subsequent reports from Selma omitted any mention of the hate group appearing with the future president.

Had any of Obama’s opponents appeared at an event with the KKK or Aryan Nation, The New York Times would have had to double its ink buy.

Obama’s appearance does much more than expose mainstream media hypocrisy. It also exposes an association between a vile racist organization and a future President of the United States. Only the degree of association is subject to debate.

And only a few voices outside the mainstream media have continued to press the Obama administration about its past and present ties to fringe groups.

I have been calling for the White House to disclose which Malik Shabazz visited the private White House residence on July 25, 2009, two months after the DOJ voter intimidation case was dismissed. So far, the White House has refused to do so, leaving open the question of which "Malik Shabazz" appears in visitor logs released to the public.

To reiterate: nobody, including Adams, is suggesting that Obama is a secret member of the New Black Panther Party. At a minimum, however, the events in Selma expose the media double standard that has buried this story until this week.

The mainstream media should ask Obama a few questions before they rush to his defense:

What did he and Malik Zulu Shabazz say when they conversed that day–something that Shabazz has said happened?

Did the Obama campaign play any role in having the Panthers travel to support his presidential ambitions?

Who posted the Panthers’ endorsement on the Obama campaign’s website, and at whose instructions?

Who–finally–was the Malik Shabazz who visited the White House residence on July 25, 2009?

NBPP Hearts Obama

A Mutual Admiration Society

Ben Johnson says the above march was apparently not the only meeting the Panthers held with Barack Obama.  Malik Shabazz visited the White House in July 2009.

Although the photographs are worthy additions to the "Obama really is a radical racialist" canon, they do not prove anything new.  Obama sat 20 years in Jeremiah Wright’s church.  His administration went to great lengths, possibly including perjury and obstruction of justice, to see the voter intimidation charges dismissed against two nightstick-wielding Black Panthers in Philadelphia.

Obama praised the phony, racist holiday of Kwanzaa, particularly promoting the concept of umoja, which the holiday’s convict creator (Ron Everett/"Maulana Karenga") defines as black racial unity.

Obama has a preternatural obsession with America’s "tragic" history and its "fundamental flaw," the U.S. Constitution.

He appointed self-described Marxist "revolutionary" and conspiracy nut Van Jones as Green Jobs Czar, and continued to enact his policy of stealth reparations after allowing Jones to resign.

Throw in his obsession with racial issues generally, and one can hardly be surprised the Black Panthers supported him…nor, evidently, vice-versa.

Another Coincidence
John Sexton remarks on Andrew Breitbart's photographs of Barack Obama and Malik Shabazz of the New Black Panther Party, saying, it was not, as the mainstream media wants to believe, a mere coincidence.  Certainly not to Malik Shabazz himself.

It may be difficult to appreciate now, but at the time of that event, Senator Obama was still considered a long shot for the White House.  Hillary Clinton was still ahead in the polls, and had already secured endorsements from civil rights icons like Rep. John Lewis (D-GA).

Meanwhile, Obama’s support among black Americans was weak.  Just a few weeks before the event with the Panthers, Steve Kroft of CBS’s 60 Minutes had noted that some black voters were openly questioning Obama’s racial authenticity saying, "There are African-Americans who don’t think that you’re black enough, who don’t think that you have had the required experience."  Obama smiled at such dismissals, but it was clear he had work to do.

Obama’s trip to Selma was obviously intended as a solution to the problem.  There, he was able to stake a claim to the mantle of the civil rights movement by participating in the annual remembrance of the famous ‘65 march with Rep. Lewis.

"Don’t tell me I don’t have a claim on Selma, Alabama," Obama told the audience inside the Brown Chapel A.M.E. church."

He also said: "I must send greetings from Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. but I got a letter giving me encouragement and saying how proud he was that I had announced and encouraging me to stay true to my ideals and my values and not to be fearful."

And as the pictures Big Government published this morning show, Obama also shared a podium outside with Shabazz and others.

I did find a radio interview Shabazz gave in May 2008 in which he reflects on his interaction with Obama in Selma. Some of the things he says about Obama are pretty interesting:

Aside from the confirmation that Shabazz did meet Obama in Selma, I’ll just highlight this bit of the conversation:

Question: What is it that he said either in Selma, Alabama or that you’ve seen him say recently that particularly pleased you?

Malik Shabazz: Well, when he was in Selma, when he spoke at the black church there and he was able to again draw out of the tenets of black liberation theology.  Because he was teaching about the story of [inaudible -- Jesus?] and Moses and Pharaoh and the children of Israel and the Pharaoh as it is written in the Torah or the Old Testament.  And he was drawing the comparison to the struggle for justice through slavery here in America and comparing us to the children of Israel.  And so I knew that he had a…a based in some sound theology that is rooted in our community. And at that point I knew that he…he understood what was going on.

Shabazz goes on to say "God is with this man."

If you’re interested in hearing the speech Obama gave inside the AME Church in Selma, the one Shabazz is commenting on, it was broadcast by C-SPAN and can be viewed here.

Observers have speculated on Obama’s connection to black liberation theology since Reverend Wright came on the scene, but Shabazz is one more voice confirming that Obama does have an affinity for that viewpoint or, at the very least, understands it well enough to give a convincing sermon based on its tenets–one understood by its audience as such.

Morgen Richmond says another blockbuster scoop here on Big Government today.  While much of the blogosphere’s background coverage on this story will probably be focused on more recent controversies surrounding the New Black Panther Party (NBPP), such as the voter intimidation case in Philadelphia and the "kill some crackers" video from fellow NBPP leader King Samir Shabazz, I think the activity the NBPP was engaged in during the years immediately prior to 2007 is even more damning with regards to this revelation.  For reasons that will soon be clear, Barack Obama, in fact any politician, would have to have been completely out of their mind to appear anywhere near Malik Shabazz or anyone else from the NBPP in 2007.


As I first reported on Verum Serum last year, in 2004-2005 Malik Shabazz and the New Black Panther Party were purveyors of some of the most vile, subversive, racist "music" you will ever hear anywhere. Including this atrocity from the leader himself, the man Barack Obama inexplicably shared a stage and marched with in Selma, Malik "Zulu" Shabazz:

Amerikkka’s Most Hated

Sample lyrics:

Black Power crackers
Black Power niggers
Negroes, political prostitutes, bitches and hoes

What kind of teaching I’m following?
The kind of teaching that got my picture in the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance
You pigs beat a nigger down in Inglewood
But we fucked up your Pentagon filled with crackers and peckerwoods
The Al Qaeda comparative true to life now
Cracker, I’m a terrorist
Bin Laden might look alike
I ain’t losing no sleep at night
In Cincinnati, we got to burn that shit
And snatch crackers out of cars
Too many young black brothers locked behind bars
For killing one of us
So why not bust on the true terrorists
The American cracker devil police officer

At what point does offensive speech move beyond First Amendment protection into illegal incitement?


If this isn’t blowing past that boundary then I don’t know what is.  And this is just one example of the type of garbage this organization was spewing only 2 short years before Shabazz marched alongside Barack Obama. (Click over to my original post at Verum Serum last year to hear "Kill Whitey"…and you can also see an archived image of the NBPP web site from this timeframe.)

I am frankly in shock that Obama and his handlers would have such poor judgment in participating in an an event with these vermin present.  Malik Shabazz is not just a mildly controversial figure…this is a guy who was openly associating himself with Al Qaeda in song, bragging that they had "f*cked up your Pentagon."  Heck, where was the Secret Service?  They should have never let this guy anywhere near a presidential candidate.

Questions need to be answered on this.  I don’t care how long ago it was.  Even this early in his campaign Obama had an entourage of adoring media following his every move.  Where was the Fourth Estate on this?

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