CNN’s Anderson Cooper grilled New Black Panther Party spokesman, Minister Mikhail Muhammad, over his group’s involvement in the Trayvon Martin case, exposing the party’s racism.
Cooper: But I mean, just—factually speaking, what you’re saying does not make sense that under the Constitution you can make a citizens’ arrest. You can’t arrest somebody if they have not been charged with anything that’s still being investigated.
Muhammad: Well, according to the street law, he has been charged with murder.
Cooper: According to the what?
Muhammad: We have 40—30,000 people out here today—according to street law, according to God’s law. Andy, I want to say I don’t obey the white man’s law, I don’t follow the American law. The American law—the American law does not protect me, Anderson. I’m not a citizen. So I have no right to respect American law. So we decided to (unintelligible) language, to put pressure on the United Snakes, because these are snakes, government to arrest him. Because when the people find him, he may not be alive. So do your job. Do your job.
Muhammad kept up his rant, and Cooper, to his credit, didn’t back down. He asked him if the party wasn’t just trying to get in front of the cameras, and pointed out that even the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled them a hate group.
We don’t know all the facts in this case yet, but we do know that the New Black Panthers are not welcome by the family and are only fanning the flames of racism by their participation.