An extremist hate group called the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) has returned to headlines for launching a nationwide boycott of “Chinese merchants,” one such protest targetted two local Chinese restaurants in Washington, D.C.
The protest was sighted by Mother Jones writer, Stephanie Mencimer, in front of “Yum’s II Chinese restaurant and Da Hong Pao Restaurant and Bar on 14th Street” who promptly took to Twitter on Tuesday to record and document the display.
— Stephanie Mencimer (@smencimer) May 19, 2020
According to Daily Caller, the NBPP was allegedly protesting the forceful eviction of Africans “from their homes and hospitals” in China. The two restaurants are owned by brothers, Jerry Chen and Joe Chen, and serve Americanized Chinese and Cantonese food.
Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz launched these gatherings, and even started live streaming, to protest the “discrimination in the People’s Republic of China, as well as the behavior of Chinese companies in Africa,” Breitbart noted. None of these local businesses reportedly “had any apparent affiliation with the Chinese government.”
Their message was unclear as Mencimer heard the dozen-strong group saying instances of “Happy birthday to Malcolm X,” as they raised their fists, “If it wasn’t for him and all the revolutionaries, we would not be here. We’d be enslaved.” And “Donald Trump’s not wearing a mask. Why should we?” — despite how many of the group were, in fact, masked and Mencimer was told of their original intention.
The original Black Panthers from the 1960s and 70s are known to reject this coalition, with many former members “pissed off” from the stolen name and “even more frustrated that the NBPP’s activities have further tarnished the reputation of the already misunderstood organization they belonged to,” according to Vox. “It reinforces stereotypes, misconceptions, and falsehoods about the Party that are not true.”
Former members of the disbanded Black Panthers and the Huey P. Newton Foundation have come out to denounce them many times, saying that what they do is antithetical to what the legacy group originally stood for. One statement read, “They denigrate the Party’s name by promoting concepts absolutely counter to the revolutionary principles on which the Party was founded … The Party operated on love for black people, not hatred of white people.”