The Blaze has told you before about New Black Panther leader Malik Zulu Shabazz (who has recently talked about hating white people) and his radical ideology. Now, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has placed the black separatist leader on its list of "30 New Activists Heading Up the Radical Right."
Read that again and take it all in.
While it may be startling to some that Shabazz is being considered right-leaning, the shock doesn't end there: SPLC added some other familiar names to its "radical" list that are sure to cause even more confusion.
Historian David Barton, American Center for Security Policy founder Frank Gaffney and blogger Palema Geller also made the list. While the former is dubbed "anti-gay" on the SPLC web site, the latter two are given the label "anti-Muslim." Now, it goes without saying that most people would see stark differences between Shabazz and the other names mentioned in this post -- specifically when it comes to ideology, rhetoric and action.
Somehow, though, these conservatives have been denigrated to the same level as Shabazz and other radicals like former KKK member David Duke (he's also on the list). Let's continue by taking a look at a portion of the profile the SPLC created for Shabazz:
Although he's sometimes identified in the mainstream media as a mere "legal adviser" or "community organizer," Malik Shabazz is a racist black nationalist with a long, well-documented history of violently anti-Semitic remarks and accusations about the inherent evil of white people. He is also particularly skilled at orchestrating provocative protests. Ousted from the Nation of Islam after he became an embarrassment even to that hard-line group, Shabazz went on to take up the leadership of the New Black Panther Party.
Now, let's explore the profiles setup for Barton, Gaffney and Geller. Here's a portion of the write-up assembled for Barton:
Named by Time in 2005 as one of the nation’s “25 Most Influential Evangelicals,” David Barton is a self-styled “historian” who has acted as a key bridge between the mainstream political right and radical-right religious ideology.
Barton, the founder and leader of WallBuilders, is best known for claiming that America was founded as a Christian nation and wrote a book entitled The Myth of Separation. He says the founding fathers intended only Christians to hold office, citing early documents to back that falsehood. Barton has no training as a historian beyond a bachelor’s in religious education from Oral Roberts University.
Gaffney's profile delves into his allegedly "paranoid" take on Islam:
For most Americans, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) evokes thoughts of a dark time in this country’s history. But Frank Gaffney Jr., the anti-Muslim movement’s most paranoid propagandist, is not most Americans. In 2011, he called on Congress to revive HUAC — this time around, to root out the Islamist operatives who, he claims, are well on their way to replacing America’s democracy with a totalitarian, Shariah-based caliphate.
And, finally, here's Geller's overview:
Pamela Geller is the anti-Muslim movement's most visible and flamboyant figurehead. She's relentlessly shrill and coarse in her broad-brush denunciations of Islam and makes preposterous claims, such as that President Obama is the "love child" of Malcolm X. She makes no pretense of being learned in Islamic studies, leaving the argumentative heavy lifting to her Stop Islamization of America partner Robert Spencer. Geller has mingled comfortably with European racists and fascists, spoken favorably of South African racists, defended Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzic and denied the existence of Serbian concentration camps. She has taken a strong pro-Israel stance to the point of being sharply critical of Jewish liberals.
Do you think these three people should be categorized together?
See the full list of SPLC "radicals" here -- and tell us what you think in the comments section.
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)