[Sanford, FL] With every action, there is a reaction.
When the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) unfortunately announced a $10,000 bounty for “citizen’s arrest” of George Zimmerman – the neighborhood watcher who shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin – you knew it wouldn’t be long before some group took up the cause for the white residents of Sanford.
Enter the National Socialist Movement (NSM), a white-is-right neo-Nazi organization out of Detroit (note: the picture above is the group in action in another state). They have declared that they will protect “white citizens in the area who are concerned for their safety,” says Commander Jeff Schoep.
Yes, they say they are armed and prepared to battle if need be, to protect those white folks. They just don’t hope it comes to that. But they are ready.
“We are not advocating any type of violence or attacks on anybody, but we are prepared for it,” Schoep says, according to a statement in the Miami New Times. “We are not the type of white people who are going to be walked all over.”
By the looks of their website, these NSM skinhead types like to aggravate and irritate racial hotspots using megaphones and shields emblazoned with swastikas.
The New Times also reports that Sanford Police haven’t seen any Nazis or Black Panthers, so where is all of this racial posturing happening?
In the media, of course. But it certainly makes for great theater doesn’t it?
Despite what the police say, Schoep contends that Sanford is “like a powder keg ready to explode into the streets.” So, what better way to calm everything down than send 10-20 neo-Nazis into the mix, armed and ready for action.
Let’s see how it all goes down today as the NBBP’s planned “National Day of Action & Absense” plays out. The group is asking for a national general strike by “brothers and sisters in unity” – meaning no shopping, no working, no school – so that they can participate in a day of fasting, prayer and teaching to bring about “justice for Trayvon.”
Sounds peaceful – until you see the cross-hairs over the picture of Zimmerman on the flyer (pictured).
The Trayvon Martin saga is yet another sad chapter in Sanford’s race-fueled unease that goes back more than a hundred years, as reported by the Orlando Weekly. And little has changed since then.
“You have the black people living on their side of town and the white people live on their side. You have the black high school, Seminole, and the white high school, Lake Mary,” lawyer Natalie Jackson told the Weekly.
“And this was not during segregation time, this was in the 1980s, when I came up,” said Jackson, who was raised in Sanford.
By: Mark Christopher/Sunshine Slate
Image: NSM in action in Claremont, CA, in March of last year