A much anticipated battle occurred in South Dallas, Texas this past Saturday as the predominantly White group The Bureau of American Islamic Relations (BAIR) planned to protest a local Nation of Islam Mosque for “promoting violence against Americans openly and publicly.” A Facebook post by BAIR explains the questionable catalyst to their protest. The alluded to communication read as follows:
“We cannot stand by while all these different Anti American, Arab radical Islamists team up with Nation of Islam/Black Panthers and White anti American Anarchist groups, joining together in the goal of destroying our Country and killing innocent people to gain Dominance through fear!”
To the chagrin of armed BAIR members, a contingent of The New Black Panther Party and the Huey P. Newton Gun Club not only armed themselves, but also assembled outside of the Mosque and prepared to do battle regarding the planned protest. Krystal Muhammad, the National Chairperson for the New Black Panther Party posited that BAIR was attempting to “intimidate and bully” the Black community; a tactic that Whites have historically used against the Black community. Muhammad related that those assembled planned to defend their community because “No one else will protect our people.
The conflict occurred against a backdrop of Dallas Police officers and several hundred Black community members who chanted “Black Power!”
Robert Greaves, a South Dallas resident, related that neither he nor his community owed anyone an explanation for their decision to ‘pick up the gun’. After all, “this is the Black America that white America made.”