Malik Zulu Shabazz (born Paris Lewis in 1968) is an American attorney and the National Chairman of the New Black Panther Party. He is a frequent guest on television talk shows, such as Face the Nation, Meet the Press, The O'Reilly Factor, and Hannity.
Early life and legal career
Shabazz was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. His father, James Lewis, was a Muslim who was killed under mysterious circumstances when Shabazz was a child. He credits his mother, who became a successful businesswoman, and his grandfather, who introduced him to the Nation of Islam, as strong influences.
Shabazz graduated from Howard University and the Howard University School of Law. In 1995, while he was a law student, Shabazz ran an unsuccessful campaign for a seat on the Washington, D.C., City Council. In 1996, Shabazz founded Black Lawyers for Justice.
Shabazz first came to widespread public attention in 1994, when Unity Nation, a student group he founded at Howard University, invited Khalid Abdul Muhammad, chairman of the New Black Panther Party, to speak. Introducing the speaker, Shabazz engaged in a call and response with the audience:
- "Who is it that caught and killed Nat Turner?"
- "The Jews!"
- "Who is it that controls the Federal Reserve?"
- "The Jews!"
- "Who is it that has our entertainers... and our athletes in a vise grip?"
- "The Jews!"
A year later, Shabazz told an interviewer that everything he said was true, with the possible exception of the assertion concerning Nat Turner.
New Black Panther Party
Shabazz followed Muhammad's lead and joined the New Black Panther Party about 1997. When Muhammad—who greatly expanded the organization and rose to its chairmanship—died in 2001, Shabazz took over as National Chairman. The group is described by the Anti-Defamation League as "the largest organized anti-Semitic and racist black militant group in America".
The principles promoted by Shabazz include:
- Black nationalism
- Black Power
- Support for reparations for slavery
- Conspiracy theories about Jewish involvement in the September 11 attacks
- The view that Jews dominated the Atlantic slave trade
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