Pictured above is Micah Xavier Johnson
On July 7th, 2016, Micah Xavier Johnson murdered five police officers and shot eleven more people (9 police and 2 citizens). The last several days have a been a whirlwind of additional threats and a growing number of copy-cat attempts on officer lives. Most disheartening is the current attempt at trying to paint Micah X as an unaffiliated lone wolf. The goal is obviously to maintain the perceived legitimacy of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Unfortunately, as I have covered in some depth already, the Black Lives Matter movement has always maintained a convoluted structure of sub-organizations with little purpose other than to allow for plausible deniability when violence is committed in their name.
In the latest media push to deny Micah X’s association to the New Black Panther Party is the statement of the former executive director, Malik Shabazz. Shabazz alleges that due to a background investigation performed when Micah X sought membership, he was blacklisted from the NBPP and other associated black nationalist groups. Besides the humorous notion that a “background investigation” in any objective sense was ever performed, is the admission that Micah X was in contact with the organization in the first place.
Pictured above is Malik Shabazz during a Governor’s press conference in Ferguson during the riots.
Malik Shabazz is notable for his association to a number of Black Supremacy Groups during the Ferguson Riots including the New Black Panther Party (NBPP), Black Lawyers for Justice, and the African American Defense League (AADL). Mr. Shabazz is a member of the board for the AADL, though he apparently founded it. The current head of the AADL is a man named Mauricelm Millere.
Pictured above is Mauricelm Millere outside of Ferguson Market as it was being looted during the Ferguson Riots.
When Mr. Millere came to Ferguson he identified himself as a member of the NBPP and called himself “Brother Maurice.” He was the contact for a younger mentally ill man named Jamell Spann who regularly displayed a desire to sacrifice himself for the cause in some blaze of glory characterized by his death and the death of officers. Fortunately, this never came to pass but the NBPP/AADL recruitment of those seeking out violent revolution wasn’t so much a side-effect as a desired purpose.
However, during this same period of time the NBPP was thwarted by the FBI attempting to obtain firearms and explosives prior to the Grand Jury decision in the Darren Wilson/Michael Brown case. At the time, the Ferguson protesters who constituted what is now known as the Black Lives Matter movement, did everything in their power to deny this story to be legitimate. Both men have since plead guilty in Federal Court.
The bottom line is that the NBPP and other black nationalist groups have been a staple of the Black Lives Matter movement since it largely exploded in Ferguson (recognizing that BLM began with Trayvon Martin). Organizations piggy-backing off of other organizations, has been a tactic since the beginning to minimize culpability. However, they are hardly above violence and their continued presence in the movement is evidence of their acceptance as opposed to lone wolf outliers.
Though the scope and tragedy of Dallas cannot and should not be discounted, it wasn’t the first time officers were attacked or shot during a Black Lives Matter protest. It won’t be the last and as more copy-cat attempts on officer lives continue to mount, the threat is real.
A Ballwin Officer clings to life in St. Louis County after being shot in the neck by a Black Nationalist sympathizer. Other such ambushes have occurred in numerous states including Georgia and Tennessee. Numerous officers were injured in Minnesota during BLM protests over the weekend.
Calling out the Black Lives Matter movement for its involvement in radicalizing young men toward violence is essential toward stemming the darkest intentions of far too many people within the Black Lives Matter organization. It is important to recognize that BLM doesn’t represent all or even a majority of Black People. It is more than possible to oppose BLM and not oppose the struggles of Black men and women throughout this country.
The greatest reason this organization has been allowed to fester as long as it has is due to the narrative that opposing Black Lives Matter means you oppose Black Lives. This is NOT true. Police officers in Black communities know this better than most.