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November 04, 2008

Possible ID on Nightstick-Wielding Black Panther?

JackStraw thinks it's this solid citizen, but I can't tell from the grainy video tape. Guy at the polling station seems younger, less weathered than this cat.

If Jack's right (waiting for him to get back to me) it's "Minister King Samir Shabazz."

I haven't seen a name like that since I stopped playing D&D.

Some people wear their heart on their sleeve.

Minister King Samir Shabazz wears his on his forehead. Right between the eyes.

"If you want to stop the revolution, that's what you got to hit," Shabazz said, pointing to the target tattooed onto his forehead. "I fight my oppressor, and I give him the target."

Shabazz is chairman of the New Black Panther Party's Philadelphia chapter. In black beret atop dreadlocks and a black military uniform, he spends most weekdays near City Hall condemning "crackers" and exhorting black passers-by to rise up against their "slavemasters" - and to give him $2 for the party's semi-annual newspaper.

He is one of the most recognizable black militants in a city known, since the days of MOVE, for its vocal black-extremism community.


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