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Black nationalist who searched for 87-year-old Emmett Till accuser is slammed as a ‘racist’

The man who helped lead the hunt for an 87-year-old woman allegedly involved in the killing of Emmett Till is a black nationalist with a history of making racial slurs and orchestrating provocative protests, according to an anti-hate group.

Malik Shabazz, 55, led dozens of people last week who searched through a home for seniors in Raleigh, North Carolina, looking for Carolyn Bryant Donham.

She accused Till, 14, of whistling at her at a store in Money, Mississippi, in 1955, leading to the boy’s murder in one of the most notorious lynchings in American history.

After an arrest warrant for Donham (then Bryant) from 1955 was discovered last month, interest in the case was revived and Shabazz led a group who entered the senior home where they thought Donham was living.

Confused residents looked on as the group showed a photo of Donham in the hope she was there – but there was no sign of her.

Now the Southern Poverty Law Center claims that Shabazz is a racist who has spoken about the ‘inherent evil of white people’ and is ‘particularly skilled at orchestrating provocative protests.’

Malik Shabazz led dozens of people who searched through a home for seniors last week in Raleigh, North Carolina, looking for Carolyn Bryant Donham, 87

Carolyn Bryant Donham accused Emmett Till, 14, of whistling at her at a store in Money, Mississippi in 1955, leading to the boy's murder

Carolyn Bryant Donham accused Emmett Till, 14, of whistling at her at a store in Money, Mississippi in 1955, leading to the boy's murder

Carolyn Bryant Donham accused Emmett Till, 14, of whistling at her at a store in Money, Mississippi in 1955, leading to the boy’s murder

Shabazz is a black nationalist with a history of making racial slurs and orchestrating provocative protests. He's seen here knocking on the door after posting a symbolic eviction notice and subpoena at the last known address of Carolyn Bryant Donham, calling for her arrest in connection in the death of Emmett Till

Shabazz is a black nationalist with a history of making racial slurs and orchestrating provocative protests. He’s seen here knocking on the door after posting a symbolic eviction notice and subpoena at the last known address of Carolyn Bryant Donham, calling for her arrest in connection in the death of Emmett Till

According to the the Southern Poverty Law Center, Shabazz is ‘particularly skilled at orchestrating provocative protests’

The anti-hate organization says in its profile of Shabazz: ‘Although he’s sometimes identified in the mainstream media as a mere ”legal adviser” or ”community organizer,” Malik Shabazz is a racist black nationalist with a long, well-documented history of violently anti-Semitic remarks and accusations about the inherent evil of white people.’

Shabazz was ‘ousted’ from the Nation of Islam and took up leadership of the New Black Panther Party (NBPP), which the SPLC says is a ‘virulently racist and anti-Semitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews and law enforcement officers.’

Emmett Till was murdered in one of the most notorious lynchings in American history

Emmett Till was murdered in one of the most notorious lynchings in American history

The discovery of Donham’s arrest warrant came after the Department of Justice closed Till’s case in December, stating that no further prosecution could take place because federal hate crimes didn’t exist in 1955.

It also said the ‘statute of limitations’ for a civil rights case have expired.

The District Attorney in Leflore County, Mississippi must now decide whether or not to prosecute Donham.

Shabazz’s involvement appears to be the latest inflammatory action by somebody with a history of provocation, as the SPLC describes.

In a speech at Howard University in 1994, Shabazz asked the audience who ‘controls the Federal Reserve’ and the media and Hollywood.

The crowd responded back: ‘Jews!’

Speaking to New York One TV in 1998 he said: ‘What we have against Jews and others is simple facts of history – that the Jews have been involved in the African holocaust and that the Zionists are causing problems, you know, for people of color around the world.’

According to the SPLC, Shabazz became leader of the NBPP in 2001 and that year claimed there was a Jewish conspiracy behind the 9/11 attacks

Members of the group began appearing all over the country to ‘protect’ hate crime victims and denounce cops in a series of events that were provocative and drew significant media attention.

The SPLC profile said that during one protest in New York Shabazz led chants which said: ‘Fifty shots! Fifty cops! Kill the pigs who kill our kids!’

On his Facebook page, Shabazz claims to be ‘Lead Counsel at Black Lawyers for Justice’ and has numerous posts about the Black Panthers.

After an arrest warrant for Donham (then Bryant) from 1955 was discovered last month, interest in the case was revived and Shabazz led a group who entered the senior home where they thought Donham was living. Shabazz is seen holding up the warrant

After an arrest warrant for Donham (then Bryant) from 1955 was discovered last month, interest in the case was revived and Shabazz led a group who entered the senior home where they thought Donham was living. Shabazz is seen holding up the warrant

The discovery of Donham's arrest warrant came after the Department of Justice closed Till's case in December, stating that no further prosecution could take place because federal hate crimes didn't exist in 1955. It also said the 'statute of limitations' for a civil rights case have expired. But Shabazz posted on this Facebook that there is 'no time limit'

The discovery of Donham’s arrest warrant came after the Department of Justice closed Till’s case in December, stating that no further prosecution could take place because federal hate crimes didn’t exist in 1955. It also said the ‘statute of limitations’ for a civil rights case have expired. But Shabazz posted on this Facebook that there is ‘no time limit’ 

The group, led by Shabazz, are seen at the Mississippi Courthouse finding the warrant. There was a blessing ceremony held

The group, led by Shabazz, are seen at the Mississippi Courthouse finding the warrant. There was a blessing ceremony held 

Black nationalists, led by Shabazz, are seen outside the court house where they retrieved the warrant and gathering in a prayer circle

Black nationalists, led by Shabazz, are seen outside the court house where they retrieved the warrant and gathering in a prayer circle

Black nationalists, led by Shabazz, are seen outside the court house where they retrieved the warrant and gathering in a prayer circle

The senior citizens living in the facility looked confused as the activists stormed in and asked if they knew Donham

The senior citizens living in the facility looked confused as the activists stormed in and asked if they knew Donham 

Video footage streamed live showed protesters knocking on doors calling out Carolyn Donham's name as they continued their search. But unable to locate her, they left the building

Video footage streamed live showed protesters knocking on doors calling out Carolyn Donham’s name as they continued their search. But unable to locate her, they left the building

Shabazz did not respond to requests for comment, however DailyMail.com was called by John Barnett, another of the protest organizers who appeared alongside Shabazz in videos of the event.

He said that entering the nursing home was designed as a ‘shock’ to make people aware of the significance of the case.

Barnett said that ‘we didn’t kill anyone in that rest home’ and that if Donham had been home they would have served the ‘warrant’ they brought with them.

Turning to Shabazz, Barnett said that journalists should ‘not focus on Mr. Shabaaz’s past’ and should focus on Donham instead.

Asked about Shabazz’s anti-Semitic views, Barnett himself made disparaging comments about Jewish people.

He said: ‘When you look at Maury Povich, when you look at Barbara Walters, when you look at Howard Stern, all of those are associated with Jews. How is his show, Maury Povich, still on the air, and Oprah isn’t even on air any more?

‘The response to that would be that he’s probably backed by some strong Jewish dollars.

‘I’ve heard CBS, ABC and NBC are owned by the Jews.

‘I would figure out who tried to own it and maybe that’s why they locked up Bill Cosby, because he wanted to buy NBC.

‘I would dissect that and try to figure out who owns ABC and where’s the money come in to back that.

‘And if so, his point (Shabaaz) is valid, but I don’t know.

‘I don’t have time to look up who owns ABC and CBS but I’m almost certain they (the Jews) have something to do with it, especially knowing that those figures I just told you are all Jews.

‘Maury Povich is a Jew and he’s been on the air for years. I don’t even watch the Jerry Springer show but it’s still on the air.

‘What fuels them to still be on? Ricki Lake’s no longer on the air. Oprah Winfrey’s no longer on the air. What has kept him with that staying power? Is it because we watch it? His numbers are not that high. He’s backed by Jews, financially.

‘Barbara Walters owned The View. Where’s her money coming from? Howard Stern, he’s been on for years and the list goes on and on.’

DailyMail.com spoke to John Barnett, another of the protest organizers who appeared alongside Shabazz in videos of the event. Turning to Shabazz, Barnett said that journalists should 'not focus on Mr. Shabaaz's past' and should focus on Donham instead

DailyMail.com spoke to John Barnett, another of the protest organizers who appeared alongside Shabazz in videos of the event. Turning to Shabazz, Barnett said that journalists should ‘not focus on Mr. Shabaaz’s past’ and should focus on Donham instead

Maury Povich

Howard Stern

Asked about Shabazz’s anti-Semitic views, Barnett himself made disparaging comments about Jewish people. He said: ‘When you look at Maury Povich, when you look at Barbara Walters, when you look at Howard Stern, all of those are associated with Jews. How is his show, Maury Povich, still on the air, and Oprah isn’t even on air any more?’

Activists were seen holding up signs that read 'Lock her up' outside the senior home where they thought Carolyn Bryant Donham lived

Activists were seen holding up signs that read ‘Lock her up’ outside the senior home where they thought Carolyn Bryant Donham lived 

Videos posted on Shabazz’s Facebook page show just how far the group of protesters went to find Donham.

In a post on July 5, Shabazz posted a graphic saying: ‘Emmett Till Accuser To Be Arrested Wednesday!?’

The post included the date, time and location of an address where the protest took place

In one video Shabazz wrote that he was ‘live in Raleigh at Carolyn Bryant’s (Donham) location. The false accuser of Emmett Till.’

The location appears to be one of Donham’s last known addresses.

Dressed in a dark blue suit and sunglasses he can be heard asking people: ‘You haven’t seen Bryant around here have you? She’s an old white lady.’

Shabazz was holding a folder that he claimed contained an ‘eviction notice from the black people in this state’ and a ‘subpoena to appear for The People of North Carolina versus Carolyn Bryant Donham’ – no such case has been brought by the prosecutor overseeing the matter.

Speaking outside the home Shabazz said: ‘Carolyn Bryant Donahm has hid from justice long enough.

‘We’re at the doorstop of the false accuser and the murderer of Emmett Till’.

When they didn’t find Donham at the property they went to the seniors home where videos posted online show them walking in the front door and showing a photo of Donham around on a phone.

Shabazz said to a group of seniors sitting in chairs in the lobby: ‘You ever heard of Emmett Till?’

An elderly white woman says back: ‘Yes!’

Donham's husband, Roy Bryant, (right) and half-brother, JW Milam, (left) were arrested for his lynching, but acquitted. The pair later admitted guilt, but couldn't be prosecuted due to double-jeopardy laws. Carolyn is seen (right) celebrating after their acquittal

Donham’s husband, Roy Bryant, (right) and half-brother, JW Milam, (left) were arrested for his lynching, but acquitted. The pair later admitted guilt, but couldn’t be prosecuted due to double-jeopardy laws. Carolyn is seen (right) celebrating after their acquittal 

Emmett Till pictured with his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, at home in Chicago

Emmett Till pictured with his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, at home in Chicago

A man in his 60s protests: ‘I live here sir, all this is not necessary. I had nothing to do with that.’

The group leaves the lobby and gets into the elevator where they head up to the sixth floor and knock on a door and shouted: ‘Carolyn Bryant Donham! We have a warrant’

When a man opens the door and says she is not there, the group interrogates him.

The man says: ‘Who is that?’

A woman with the group says: ‘How long have you been here?’

The man says: ’20 years.’

When the group says they are the Original Black Panther Party, he says: ‘Who is that?’

As the group walks away they pull up the address on a phone and show it to the camera so Shabazz can prove it was not a ‘goose chase.’

Among those who appear in the videos are ‘Mike Pain’ who calls himself the ‘Leader of The Original Black Panther Party.’

The Raleigh Police Department did not respond to requests for comment.

The Southern Poverty Law Center did not respond to requests for comment.

How Emmett Till’s brutal torture and killing in 1955 became a turning point in the US Civil Rights movement 

Emmett Till’s fateful visit to family in Mississippi in 1955 became one of the horrifying lynchings that galvanized the civil rights movement.

The trip quickly turned to tragedy after the 14-year-old was abducted, tortured and killed after witnesses said he whistled and grabbed white woman Carolyn Bryant Donham as she worked in a local store.

Days after the accusations, on August 28, 1995, Till was at home with his cousin when two white men, Carolyn’s husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam, stormed in and dragged Till out of the home.

Emmett Till's (pictured) fateful visit to family in Mississippi in 1955 became one of the horrifying lynchings that galvanized the civil rights movement

Emmett Till’s (pictured) fateful visit to family in Mississippi in 1955 became one of the horrifying lynchings that galvanized the civil rights movement

The 14-year-old(pictured) was abducted, tortured and killed after witnesses said he whistled and grabbed white woman Carolyn Bryant Donham as she worked in a local store

The 14-year-old(pictured) was abducted, tortured and killed after witnesses said he whistled and grabbed white woman Carolyn Bryant Donham as she worked in a local store

The two men brutally beat the teenager before dragging him to the bank of the Tallahatchie River, where they shot him in the head and dropped his body into the water. 

Days after the brutal murder, Till’s body was pulled from the river, where it had been tossed after being weighted down with a cotton gin fan.

The lynching became known nationwide after Till’s devastated mother Mamie Bradley insisted on an open casket funeral in Chicago to show his tortured body and shed light on violence inflicted on black people in the south.

Thousands of people flocked to the Roberts Temple Church of God to see evidence of the hate crime, with Till’s mother making the brave move as she felt the world needed to know what happened.

As the murder gained more attention, two publications published graphic images of Till’s corpse, leading to the teenager’s death being nationally condemned.

Following weeks of outrage, Bryant and Milam were acquitted by an all-white Mississippi jury. Months later, they confessed in a paid magazine interview.

Till’s lynching became a pivotal point in the civil rights movement and people kept campaigning for justice for Till decades later.

In 2017, a book quoted Donham, now in her 80s, as saying she lied when she claimed that Till grabbed her, whistled and made sexual advances while she was working in a store.

The killing galvanized the civil rights movement after Till's mother (pictured with her son) insisted on an open casket to show his tortured body

The killing galvanized the civil rights movement after Till’s mother (pictured with her son) insisted on an open casket to show his tortured body

The shocking claims prompted the Justice Department to reopen the investigation. The FBI were unable to prove her alleged lies, but issued a rebuke to the validity of Donham’s testimony after a probe was closed in December.

After the allegations of Donham’s lies, she told the FBI that she had never recanted her accusations while relatives also denied the accusations.

At the time, officials said historian Timothy B. Tyson, the author of 2017’s ‘The Blood of Emmett Till,’ was unable to produce any recordings or transcripts in which Donham allegedly admitted to lying about her encounter with the teen.

Till’s family have still never seen any convictions for the crime, while Brtyant and Milam, who are now both dead, were not brought to trial again. 


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