Saturday, October 15, 2005

NLPC Criticizes Farrakhan and Millions More March; Says Extremists Have Seized Control of Civil Rights Movement

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Peter Flaherty, president of the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), today said of today's Millions More Movement march, "Extremists have seized control of what used to be called the civil rights movement. It is amazing to see Jesse Jackson, members of Congress, the NAACP all marching in Farrakhan's parade."

Flaherty continued, "Farrakhan was up there looking and sounding like some kind of tinpot dictator. He referenced a charge he made at least twice in the week preceding the rally claiming that the levees in New Orleans were blown up by the United States government.

One of his wackiest ideas is for African-Americans to lease land from Native Americans to grow food so that the 'merchants of death' who currently own supermarkets can be by-passed. It would be a mistake, however, to make light of the likes of Farrakhan and Malik Zulu Shabazz, who spoke just before him. They are dead serious about their agenda."

Shabazz is the leader of the New Black Panther Party and has a history of anti-Semitism. He reportedly claimed that Jews had advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks. In 2002, Shabazz reportedly lead a march on Hitler's birthday on the B'nai B'rith building in Washington, DC.

Flaherty continued, "Neo-nazis tried to march in Toledo, Ohio and were met with bricks and rocks. The neo-Nazis who organized the Million More march were met with cheers and uncritical media coverage. The coverage has failed to emphasize the ugly and dangerous character of the Millions More Movement march, when it is mentioned at all. There is clearly a double-standard. The media is simply unable to objectively cover issues of race."

Flaherty noted that slave reparations had a prominent place at the march, and in Shabazz's speech. Wachovia, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase have all recently apologized for their alleged links to slavery and have made financial commitments to reparations activists.

NLPC promotes ethics in public life, and sponsors the Corporate Integrity Project.

The group has published a monograph titled "The Case Against Slave Reparations," that is available as a pdf at


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